Adding facial features – After the head is dry and secure on the body. You can add facial features. I add ears, nose, lips and chin by using wadded up streamer. I dip the wadded streamer into starch and attach it to the head and then paper mache around those to form the shapes of those facial features. For eyes, I have used doll eyes and I have also used eye clip art to put eyes on my dolls.
Finishing up – Decide what character you’d like to make and then dress and/or paint it accordingly. I have made characters based on my favorite books and favorite types of characters in movies and TV. For dressing my dolls I have used scraps of materials, paint and decorated duct tape. For the skin tone I have been using Americana Natural Buff paint. (Although I am showing the product from Amazon, I purchase this paint at Michael’s. It’s only $1.29 for a 2oz bottle at Michael’s. For other painting I use CraftSmart Acrylic paint. That is my preferred brand. I also purchase this paint at Michael’s.
There are different options that you can use for paper mache. I prefer using Sta-Flo Liquid Starch.
Other options for materials for paper mache include a mixture of water and glue or a mixture of flour and water.
Here is my finished product. It was a Joe Kenda doll.
The only downside of these dolls are they are not very durable. They break easily if knocked around. But they are a lot of fun to make.