I love exercises like this, they take me right back to my early days of making art, when I was just a kid. I can almost smell the paste that Mikey K was eating back then. I am pretty sure it was YES paste, which works great for such an exercise. But so does PVA glue, Elmers glue, or flour (mixed with salt and water). Even though I am way into my adult years exercises like this are still very enjoyable. It is especially enjoyable if you have children around that you can share it with.
Paper-mâché can be used to create a simple mask like I create here, or elaborate life size pieces of work. At one time it was used instead of wood for ornate pieces of architectural work to save money. I feel that the imagination is the limit with such a material.
You will need:
• A glue.
You can use Elmer's glue, PVA, or make your own. Make your own by mixing flour, water, and salt (you could even add a little PVA or Elmer's glue to the flour mixture) to a pancake batter consistency.
• Torn Paper - Thin paper works the best. Newspaper, newsprint, or older paper from books works very well.
• A base to start on. I started with a few sheets of plaster bandage to create a base to work on. You could just start with paper, using a balloon or plastic bag filled with paper stuffing.
• Paint + a brush