Thursday, January 27, 2011


I must say this was a whole lot of fun! Perhaps creating tropical fantasy fish is a good thing to do as I look out the window right now and see major snow activity. I want to thank my good friend Geree who lives in Chili and has a tutorial on her blog showing how to make these fish. Thanks Geree!
Of course, number 2 and 3 are happening already. Paper mache can be a slow process (normally that does not work for me) as drying layers of paper does take time. That's why making several at one time is a good plan. Stay tuned for more photos of more fish!
You can see Geree's fish on her blog at Go check them out!


Carol Shoemaker said...

I've never used it, but I know that one can purchase "paper mache" in a big bag. In fact, Caroline got some for her school and I sadly watched it go out the door. Maybe she'll have some left after the 6-year-olds finish with it. Have you ever used it?

Anonymous said...

I always work on several pieces at a time because of the drying process. I use wood glue and craft paper and seal with acrylic matt medium What are you using? I looked up her site. Interesting to see what someone is doing so far away. dee

Anonymous said...

HI Carol! I think "paper mache" is the process, and what you buy in a bag/box is paper mache "paste". I have a great recipe for it. Involves 4 cups of water, 1/2 cup flour and 3 tablespoons of sugar. If you want let me know and I will send you the actual directions. I think you need some fanciful fish hanging from your ceilings!
Jude *

Anonymous said...

HI Dee!
Since I am working on much smaller pieces than you do, I use the paste referenced in the comment above. I have 1000 sheets of deli paper that I love to use. It is thin like tissue paper but VERY strong. I paint it and stamp it and then with a paper cutter reduce it to about 1 inch squares. Makes it look almost like a mosaic when i am finished!
Jude *

Anonymous said...

I would not use anything with flour or sugar because 'critters' would dine on the mixture. Yes they can eat through the paint/sealer. I also tear paper so it does not have the edges. I will photograph some wooden fish from Mexico for you. Fish are a great inspiration for ideas in art. Enjoy! d

Geree said...

To D:

What critters are you talking about that eat the paste? Cockroaches, mice, rats? Or all of the above? Others too? I used liquid starch in the States, but couldn't find it here in Chile so I found the paste recipe online. I like the way the works with the paper and the balloon, the way it feels in my hand, and the ease with which it cleans up from my work area, the floor, and my clothes. I recently took down the fish I made about 2 years ago and I saw no evidence of nibbling. Although we have no nasty bugs or rodents in our house, I certainly don't want to attract any. I will have to rethink this paste and consider switching to wood glue. Thanks for mentioning it,

Anonymous said...

I have seen bugs eat the wheat paste. White glue will work and no bugs.
When I worked with children I used the wheat paste and that was when there were bugs...takes a while. cheers dee