I found last night, that the papier maché wouldn't stick well enough to the wire mesh, not enough surface area to grab I guess. So, today I started laying down a layer of masking tape everywhere there was mesh as a base for the starchy kraft paper to adhere to tomorrow. It makes it so much easier to see the new shape of the tree when it's covered in opaque tape vs. the wire form. I really love the way the tree looks now merged into the house walls and made a bit larger around.
On a tool note, does anyone know the knack for using masking tape? Is it me, or does everyone only usually peel off little triangular slivers of the tape no matter how fresh the roll is? When I get a roll to peel well in lengths longer than an inch, it's like I'm getting away with a crime and I have to move fast before the roll figures it out!