This past week I have found myself slightly obsessed with paper mache and concrete. So much so, that I have spent several hours researching both topics and have all kinds of project ideas floating through my head.
The paper mache mode started while I was sketching ideas for some Tree of Life projects. I had the idea of making a tree out of paper mache and then attaching it to canvas, but I had absolutely no idea if that would work. So I did what I always do when I don't know something--I Googled it. (How did we ever survive without the internet?) My google search lead me to ultimatepapermache.com. This amazing blog has a recipe for paper mache clay that I knew I had to try.
So I wrote down the items I needed to get to make the clay, and headed to Lowe's. Then I got slightly distracted. As I walked into the front doors of Lowe's, this book caught my eye.
Because I have been also thinking about what to do next with my cement mixer, this book screamed at me to buy it. It a great book, but I resisted the impulse because of it's $22 price tag. I was so proud of myself for walking away without buying it before checking to see if the library had a copy or if I could get it cheaper on Amazon. (The library didn't have it, so I did end up buying it on Amazon for $15. Once again, how did we survive before the internet?)
In the end, my trip to Lowe's was kind of a bust. We didn't find a cook top on clearance (mine is 30 years old and HAS to be replaced SOON!) and I did not buy any of the supplies for my paper mache clay. But I guess it wasn't a totally bust. Because I resisted the impulse purchase my cement book, I discovered several other books that intrigued me. I am now patiently awaiting the following to arrive at my library:
I think paper mache is about to take on a whole new meaning for me.