Brown Grocery Bag layer: DONE! (photo on right barely shows pathway from cottage door to stream in red resin paper with gutter mesh underneath to support puppet tiedowns later.)(photo taken in pre-dawn darkness @5am)
I made a big push yesterday and covered THE WORLD'S LARGEST PINATA aka; the rest of the entire set, in a second layer. This one was torn up brown grocery bags and is the strongest used so far, by far. It took a lot more starch to soak up enough to make the spongy thick stock smooth down. Now that it's dry, I can tell how much dramatically stronger it is than the thinner layers. I plan to make the next two sonic-speed layers with two colors of newsprint and then finish off the set with another heavy weight coat like this one, perhaps with plaster instead of starch. That'll do, Donkey.
Then comes texture and paint!! woo.
I loved doing all this maché yesterday. I only once had the "I'm insane to be doing this" thought (after about 7 hours) and that was only because I was looking ahead to all the work left to do. When I came back to what I was doing it was a pleasure in and of itself. When Intern Sophie said yesterday how much time flew and how much fun this was, I told her that this was the boring part so, if she liked this, later was going to be off the charts!