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Re: Impending paper-mache disaster! any advice?


From: Stephanie Soper (stephannie2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Nov 01 2001 - 18:55:55 PST

Personally, I think tissue paper WOULD be terribly difficult to work with
for paper mache... I have done a paper mache lesson before and we used
strips of newspaper (approximately 1"x4") in wheat paste/wallpaper paste [I
don't know what Ross paste is - it may be the same thing - I plead ignorance
here]... perhaps you could apply newspaper over what you already have (for
more strength and stability) and then have them do a layer or two of white
strips of paper on top of the newspaper (to block out the newspaper
images/text) and then do some tissue paper on top of that (for color)! Just
make sure they don't all look the same! Variety is great - let the students
be creative - tons of martha stewart replicas are a little boring, so
perhaps you can have them use different colors of tissue paper, embellish
them or paint on them, etc in their own way!

<br><br><br><html><DIV>Stephanie Soper</DIV>
<DIV>Art Education Major</DIV>
<DIV>Appalachian State University</DIV></html>

the first graders
>found the whole process difficult, and complained bitterly the
>first period we did this. The balloons hanging up are covered
>with perhaps 2 out of 4 of the necessary layers, and some
>look like mummies' heads unraveling... some didn't even get
>one layer on. 2 weeks later, (no school last week for the
>first grades), the balloons have all shrunken so that there is
>a good layer of air between the balloon and the tissue-mache.
>Should I quit while I'm not ahead and do something else
>tomorrow? or should we attempt to save these somehow?
>Sadder and definitely not wiser,

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