Paper Mache or papier-mâché paper pulp, many different names have been given to this one material, a clay-like substance, made with two basic ingredients:
- Organic fibers rich in cellulose (from wood, straw, cotton)
- Glue, such as white glue or wallpaper paste. Natural glues, rich in starch, can also be used.
Papier-mâché has been around for 2,000 years, for as there has been paper, and began as a form of recycling, combining natural fibers and textile. This is possibly the earliest known form of recycling in human history.
In my studio we make paper Mache by using shredded office waste paper, and used egg-cartons. Any paper can be used to make paper Mache, however, it is best not to use newspaper as the ink tends to run and leave a black mess everywhere. We use the shredded office paper to make a light dough (almost white in color and gentle), and use the egg-cartons to make a dark stronger dough. Both types of dough can be kneaded together to form yet a third dough that is also quite strong and resembles granite in color.
Recycling has, at present, become an inescapable part of our daily lives. The demand and obligation to recycle waste, water, energy and resources encourage us all to draw upon creative ideas in order to successfully coup with these great challenges.
Sometime a miracle happens and recycling ,community and love joine together to create a lovely craftwork like this costers