Paper Mache Class


5 Lessons

8,648 Enrolled

Beginner Level

Paper Maché is a very under-appreciated medium. In this class we'll be exploring some of the most basic materials and techniques used to create different types of paper maché projects. Once you've worked with paper maché, I'm sure you'll agree that it's amazing what you can create with just a few simple, cheap materials! In this basic class, you'll be introduced to different kinds of paper maché paste, paper, clay and various armatures that can be used to create some simple fun craft projects, costume pieces and home decor. While the techniques you'll learn in this class are relatively simple, they are designed to introduce you to the range of possibilities of this wonderful material and get your imagination working!

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Class Author:MikaelaHolmes

Mikaela is a F.I.T. trained costume and experimental fashion designer, who has done her best to make playing dress-up into a career. She has trained in both the costume and fashion design industries, and works with all kinds of materials and techniques including sewing, leatherwork, LEDs, fiber optics, painting, sculpture, laser cutting and 3D printing. She spends most of her time figuring out how to fuse traditional garment design and construction with simple wearable tech to create clothing and accessories that turn her into a time traveling cyborg superhero!

She is a former Artist in Residence at the Autodesk Pier 9 workshop, and currently an in-house content creator for the Instructables Design Studio.


Lesson 1: Tools and Materials for Paper Mache

A shopping list and links to all the tools and materials we'll be using in this class as well as more info about how we'll be using each tool and material, and all the things you can create with paper mache!

Lesson 2: Paper Mache With Glue

Start getting your hands dirty by using a simple paste made out of glue and water, and learning how to cast over ordinary objects to create a variety of shapes.

Lesson 3: Paper Mache With Flour

See how you can get different results by using flour and water as a paste with newspaper strips, and explore the idea of creating complex forms by combining simple shapes.

Lesson 4: Paper Mache Clay

"Papiér-mâché" actually means "chewed paper" in French. In this lesson we'll make a version of this original kind of paper mache, a clay made from paper pulp and other materials.

Lesson 5: Painting and Decorating

Here you'll learn some simple methods for smoothing, painting and decorating your paper mache projects to give them personality. It's all in the details.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!