Kind of Paper used for Paper Mache Answered

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Not a silly question. What kind of paper do you use in items made out of Paper Mache? the instructions I have call for strips torn from old newspapers but when my local newspaper went out of business that kind of killed the supplier for this kind of craft. papers are different so the results wont be the same as with newspaper. Thought making paper mache models would be a great and kind of cheap way to try out some ideas.

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Eyewondery

9 years ago

Thanks for the help will have to look into the "kleenex" tissue as an art material always looking for new ways to do things

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DanMonsterMan

9 years ago

Hi there, Thank you Pie Popper for mentioning my website. Very flattering. About paper. Of course newspaper is the best material for making paper mache strips. But consider paper towels if you can't get newspaper. You should be able to get that in school. Ask the custodian for a roll. Art is a good cause. Good luck! Dan

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pie popper

9 years ago

oops! just www.monster-man.com, not www.monster-man.com/good/luck. :)

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pie popper

9 years ago

any paper will work, checkout how this guy paper maches, at www.monster-man.com good luck!

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jtobako

9 years ago

Depends on the type of paper mache you want. If you are using strips, any paper will work. If you need strength, more layers or stronger paper (like cotton rather than wood fibers) or even cloth can be used. You can pulp the paper to make something more like clay, but it takes a while to mash down and then to dry.

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Re-design

9 years ago

The pulpier the better.

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steveastroukRe-design

Answer 9 years ago

I think that's why Keith's kleenex method is so effective ? He get really good textures with it. Steve

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seandoguesteveastrouk

Answer 9 years ago

that's in part due to the kleenex's ability to form into pretty much any shape..it's softness more than anything. The pulp is for good absorption of the glue.

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seandogueseandogue

Answer 9 years ago

then again it's great for absorbing ~~goo~~ glue too.

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steveastrouk

9 years ago

An acquaintance of mine uses Kleenex tissue.
He has some good YouTube video of the process

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Kiteman

9 years ago

You can also use the newspapers they push through your door... Any kind of paper that will absorb water will make papier mache. Experiment.

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kevinhannan

9 years ago

I have only ever used newspaper and wallpaper glue, or ever known it to be made from those materials. When I need (news)paper, all my rellies save theirs for me, so supply is never a problem. Perhaps another cheap(ish) source of paper for you is backing wallpaper. You can buy it in various grades from quite thin to quite thick. For just a few bucks you can get masses.