Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Day of the Dead Paper Mâché

I have been obsessing over Dia De Los Muertos, as my art students, and my Pinterest board can attest to it. 

I was inspired by this picture to create a paper mache skull in the classroom.

Things you will need:
A paper mache recipe, I use flour and water until it is a paste like consistency. But you can check out some more recipes, here
Newsprint, my mom asked a local newspaper company for the end of their newsprint rolls and they gave us three, more than enough (and free) for all my classes
Acrylic Paint
Painters Tape, a neutral color 
Permanent Markers (Multi colored)

Step 1:
We created an armature, first with one ball of cardboard for the head, about fist size, then a rectangular crumbled and taped up newsprint piece for the jaw and a small ball of newsprint for the back of the head. We used an ample amount of tape to get them all to stay together.

Step 2:
We cut out circular pieces and a triangle piece of cardboard for the nose and taped it to the skull.

Step 3:
We then added to layers of newsprint covered with paper mache to cover the original newsprint with tape. 

Step 4:
We let it dry for a day

Step 5:
 We painted the entire skull white with acrylic paint after it was dry and then used color permanent marker to create a symmetrical design.

Got any great Dia De Los Muertos Projects? I would love to hear about them! 

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