Wow, I knew there was a reason that someone before me bought all of that
starch! Thank you for sharing your ideas and uses for this stuff. Now I have a
bunch of things to try with my case of starch. Below are listed the liquid
starch ideas that everyone shared with me so far, I grouped them together for my
records, thought I would share just in case you wanted to see them all in one
Use it as an adhesive for tissue paper, kind of like cheap Mod podge I had
the students draw a picture, tear pieces of colored tissue, lay them on top of
the picture, and paint over the top of the tissue with the starch to adhere.
Use liquid starch for marblizing the same way others have used shaving cream.
You pour it in a pan, and suspend paint on top of it, then lay the paper on
top to pick up the paint
You can use it to papier mache. If you ever use liquid starch for papier
mache, I bet you will never use anything else. It isn't lumpy and you can just
pour it back in the
bottle when you finished. And it doesn't get smelly!
Use liquid starch to adhere little overlapping squares of tissue paper onto a
paper plate. Then glue large construction paper petals, stems and leaves for
beautiful giant flowers. They look striking displayed down a hallway. (i
think they sound fun)
We successfully used liquid starch to make masks from cut up T-shirts, just
like paper mache. The designs on the T-shirts made great masks. One boy with
Down's did an awesome mask with an OSU T-shirt that included the mascot. He
decided it was alive, called it "Dude" and had to come pat it and tell it good
night every day. It worked great with muslin and cheesecloth for very dramatic
and mysterious masks. I dislike the mask forms available, mostly because the
features are so shallow and I needed more depth for the muslin to really work so
made three faces out of clay they were able to use (wrapped in a plastic bag
because I don't have a kiln) and will make more this year.
Pour out small cups of liquid starch and have the children dip colored chalks
in, then draw. The chalks become a bit like an oil pastel texture. The
chalks stick to the paper nicely, the colors deepen and a bit of blending and
color-mixing can happen. The younger students feel like they are painting, but
have more control because they are holding hte "paint" in their hands - no brush.