|Globen - now called Ericsson Globe - the world's largest spherical building|
photographs of Globen from various angles
thick white paper
cellulose paste ( I made this very thick and gloopy)
white crepe paper cut into strips of varying lengths
We started off by looking at photographs of Globen and its shape, size and whether or not they had been inside or driven past it.
|screwing up the white paper into a ball|
|dipping the crepe paper into the cellulose paste|
Some of the crepe paper strips were very long and we ended up talking about how it looked like putting on a bandage - in fact the dialogue never stopped - there were discussions about the shape of the balls, the feel of the paste, the length of the paper strips...
|feeling the gloop!|
Since the balls had a paper frame it does not require many layers to create a hard outer-layer (if it was round a balloon it would require more layers and several sessions for the paper-maché to be thick enough to support the lack of a frame once the balloon popped).
This was my first time to use crepe paper for paper-maché and to be honest I chose it because, here in Sweden, the tissue paper is delivered in multi-packs - but not each pack being a separate colour but each pack being one sheet of each colour. I was simply too lazy to be bothered to open up 4-5 packets and remove the white sheet from each (or maybe my priorities were to be with the children rather than laboriously opening plastic packs of paper!?). On reflection I am VERY happy about this experiment - the crepe paper was a little more sturdy and does not dissolve quite as fast as tissue paper can when wet (which has its advantages when wanting to create paper-maché shapes) and its stretchy capacity was an added bonus for these young hands as they experimented wrapping the strips around their mini globes.
The mini-Globes are now drying nicely. When I got there this morning I turned them over so that they could dry underneath too. And when they are fully dry the children will take another look at the photographs of Globen (as well as using their memory of the visit to Globen they will make next week) to use a back pen to draw the window and other details. Its will be interesting to see what other details are important to them...
And this weekend my camera needs to go in for a service - it no longer wants to focus when it zooms. Poor thing, it does get used a lot!!