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For years I avoided paper mache projects. Using the homemade recipes was for the birds and the clean-up was gross and tedious. I went to a PD workshop a few years ago and the trainer was using School Smart Art Paste.
After that one experience, I knew that paper mache was back in my classroom. Here is why Art Paste can bring paper mache back to yours…
It is ca-ra-zy cheap! One 2 ounce box costs under $3.00 and makes an entire gallon of paste. It would take a pound of wheat paste to make the same amount! You’ll never waste any because it stores indefinitely, never getting lumpy or stinky. These are all major selling points for any art teacher on a tight budget.
Art paste works like a charm. When simply mixed with cold water, this methyl cellulose powder makes the perfect goo for creating collage or paper mache sculpture. Stuff sticks and stiffens up consistently and dependably. The clear paste doesn’t interfere with the texture or color of your materials.
Clean up is a snap. Because it is water-soluble, a damp sponge will do the job, even after drying. No more chiseling hardened wheat paste off tables for hours! Kids need only to rinse their hands with water.
You can find School Smart Art Paste at www.saxarts.com.
What other materials do you love to paper mache with, or have good luck with?