Papier Mache body, head, legs, arms:
- Drill and a 7/64" bit (used after dried and base gesso coats applied)
Hangar/Paper Clip contraption:
- Newspapers - about a weeks worth.
- ** Precut some pages into 1" strips
- ** This is easiest if done on one-three full sheets at a time, folded in half horizontally, then torn from the creased side down.
- ** Store the strips in a plastic see-through bin, Sterilite 15qt #1906 (DVD size) is great for this.
- 1" Masking tape, 1 roll
- 12 yards of drapery cord or 3mm (from sewing store)
- Water balloons (small for head)
- Large balloons (for body)
- Corrugated cardboard scrap - about 8" x 6"
- Large trash bag(s) - for covering your papier mache/paint work surface.
- ** I actually used several layers of newspaper and just turned my work frequently while wet to prevent sticking.
Papier Mache Paste recipe (two to three batches):
- 3 Tubular plastic hangars - for drying arm and leg pieces.
- Masking or duct tape.
- 30 large paper clips - for taping onto hangars to hold drying arm & leg pieces.
Single batch of papier mache paste - recipe is from:
In a Rubbermaid or similar throw-away container with lid (669ml/2.9 cups).
Papier mache decoration:
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 oz cup glue (1 school sized bottle)
- White Gesso (8 oz).
- Art acrylic paint (ASTM) 4oz bottles: white, black and various other BRIGHT colors you like.
- ** Don't use drab or pastel colors as that is not in the spirit of Dia De Los Muertos.
- ** The intent of Dia De Los Muertos is to celebrate your ancestor's lives, like a party, so think fun party colors.
- Hot glue gun & sticks - or carpenter's glue.
- Shiny (metallic) confetti or small shaped "spangles.
- Mod podge and/or clear acrylic sealer.
- Bristle paint brushes, various sizes.
- ** Don't use foam brushes as they will disintegrate due to the rough surface of the papier mache.
- ** 1" bristle brush is good for priming the work with gesso and large swaths of paint.
- ** Small detail brushes are good for 'drawing' the circles and other borders.