I love your idea about an "ongoing" comic strip for a beginning of class
activity! Cool idea!
Anyway, having done the screamers with my HSers, I would not suggest you
using the art paste (Ross's I presume)- especially with the fabric. I had a
student do a paper mache 4.5 ft. screamer with flour. His paper mache was
wonderfulI, smooth with no holes and hard as a rock! He was so proud- he did
not want to cloth mache it with deluted glue so he didn't. About a month
later it began to crack in the joints and the beautiful work he did- began to
separate! And he used a flour paste which is stronger than the Art Paste. In
my opinion, you NEED the final glue/cloth material for the final coat. I made
an example of a screamer throwing a football (Nerf) and as many times the
kids have taken out the football and passed the midget screamer around- it
still stands and its fingers and joints are still in tact!
As far as the sheets go, I have used other fabrics such as old table
clothes, shirts etc. however the sheets still seem to be the best material to
use as far as thickness and absorbtion of the glue.
Kathy in Kalamazoo