Just thought I'd take a moment to share with you how my DragonWing Arts students are doing on their flying pigs!
I've mentioned this many many times before on the blog, but if you are a newer reader, you might not realize that I am positively smitten with papier-mache. It's just got SO many possibilities. But since these students are relatively new to me, and since our time is limited, rather than tackle something extreme, I decided to select a project for them that is foolproof easy, tried and true.
Many of you worry about papier-mache dripping all over the place and the mess. I contend that, if done MY way, you'll have better results, it will be ridiculously easy to clean up, and they will dry much faster because you won't be using too much goo.
To make a long story short - do NOT dip the newspaper strips into the goo! I know that's what most of you do - you dip them, and then 'scissor' off the excess with your fingers. Instead, try this: dip your FINGERTIPS into the goo. Then rub it on the palm of your hand. Touch a finger to a newspaper strip to pick it up, and rub it between your palms to saturate with goo. It should look translucent, but not be drippy. (Note the great vocabulary words you can teach: translucent and saturate!) Then put the strip on the project, and give it a massage. Repeat for the next strip; and the next; and the next.... When done for the day, make sure the whole thing is massaged nicely to smooth in rough edges or paper sticking up.
Meanwhile, my students are also beginning a crazy favorite project of mine, 'toothpaste batik'!! Some of you use a similar process using a resist of washable white or blue gel glue. I've tried that and found that it is very challenging to wash out. So we use a mix of white toothpaste and aloe vera lotion that I purchased at the dollar store. I mix it 50/50 for the resist. I'll be posting more about this process (and I've posted about it several times before; you can find six of these the posts via my labels at the bottom of the blog. Just click on the label 'toothpaste batik'.). In the meantime, I've gotten a sample started for the kids, and one of the girls has an abstract design that she has begin. Here's a sneak peak:
|My sample frog, with the resist newly painted on|
Below is a student piece. The design was drawn on paper, traced with Sharpie, and taped to a board. The fabric was taped OVER the paper, so the Sharpie design shows through. This way there are no pencil lines on the fabric to annoy you later! We'll be working on them again on Thursday, so I'll show you more details of the process then, I promise!
Meanwhile, stay warm, everyone!