Dia de los Muertos is celebrated November 1. I love the imagery and symbolism of Day of the Dead, so decided to make my own calaveras from papier mache (and teach my Mundo Lindo kids to make them too.)
- liquid starch
- masking tape
- gesso (or white primer paint)
- acrylic paints
1. With 1/2 sheets of newpaper, crunch and shape into a ball shaped head. Wrap in masking tape to shape the head and secure the shape
|2. tear strips of newspaper|
|3. Dip strips in undiluted liquid starch. Run the strip between two fingers to remove excess liquid.|
|4. Wrap the head in overlapping strips of newspaper. (Dip each strip in liquid starch and apply one at a time.)|
|5. Shape head with your hands as your work.|
|6. This is a great project for kids. I taught 15 kids to do this one afternoon.|
|7. Using a 'slice' of paper tube, create a neck for the head. |
Wrap the tube in strips of paper first.
|8. Secure the 'neck' with overlapping strips around and inside.|
|8. Cover the whole shape with 3 layers of paper strips.|
|9. Let dry for about 2 days. These are the kids' heads. |
(They wrote their names on the paper plate, so we could tell them apart.)
|10. When the shape is completely dry, paint with gesso |
(or white primer paint.) Paint two coats to get it nice and white.
|11. Reseach the internet for possible designs. When the gesso is dry, |
lightly pencil your design, then re draw it with
permanent black marker. Paint with acrylics.
|I used Collage Pauge with Sparkles and |
painted the eyes and some details.