Monday, 29 March 2010

How to create a modern sculpture from papier-mâché

This, I repeat, is not a tutorial on how to make a Giant Egg from papier-mâché. For that, go to someone that knows what they are doing. This is a modern vase-esque sculpture that just says 'I'm not conforming to social expectations'.

1x balloon
PVA glue
Newspaper, torn into squares

To achieve the look
  1. Blow up balloon a few days before applying first layer. This is crucial.
  2. Mix PVA with water. Doesn't matter what ratio. Just go for it.
  3. Dip newspaper into PVA mixture and then apply to balloon exterior.
  4. Tie string to end of balloon and allow first layer to dry.
  5. Add another layer. While you're at it, add another one while it's still wet. It doesn't matter.
  6. Hang up to dry in a place that is susceptible to damp. Outside is best for this. Leave overnight.
  7. The balloon should deflate and the paper should warp.
  8. Burst balloon
Then you should have something that looks like this.

So, now I have to make an actual egg for Church on Sunday. And it has to be dry. Thankfully, Friday is a bank holiday. Why do I always agree to things that turn out to be the biggest pain to achieve?

Quick Questions
  1. Why me? Why me?
  2. What is the perfect PVA to water ratio?
  3. What did you think would be a simple job and wasn't?
  4. Are you looking forward to Easter Sunday? Why?


  1. #2 -

    #4 - Sadly I'm not going to be in St Mike's on Sunday as Easter Sunday there is always amazing, but I am going to be with my family so that will be great to celebrate with them :)

  2. I think Art Attack may have the answer. I remember making a paper mache fish that was on art attack, but forgot to do the body so ended up with a fish that had an enormous mouth and tail but nothing in between. But from my memory it was still cool.


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