I had a couple people PM me with questions about how I do my paper mache after my response to a comment on what my method was to make these guys:
Actually, this includes the little guy in the upper left too.
I guess my method is a lot different from others, because I don't use glue. Predominatly I use just toilet paper and water which raised a few eyebrows, so to answer everyone's question, here's my big secret to my glueless paper mache:
There's a little glue...
As a rule, paper mache is my enemy. I've tried a million different ways and always hated the process and usually my result, but this method has worked pretty well for me.
What I do is wrap whatever I need to corpse or start a base on with toilet paper. Sometimes paper towels, sometimes kleenex (whatever). You get your first layer on, spray it with water, let dry. Then I add a second layer of TP, but with this one, when you spray, you add a little elmers to the water. I don't measure-- maybe a few good squirts from the bottle and then shake well and spray. When it dries you have a relatively hard surface to build on with latex, floor varnish, straight up glue, etc to make it more resilient. I'm going to seal the groundbreakers above with outdoor heavy duty modge podge when I've got them painted.
You can probably skip the first non-glue layer, but it adds strength and allows you to wring out excess water and smooth things out with your fingers w/out the glue mess (though the glue is VERY minimal). The best thing is, if when it dries there's a jutting corner or such, you give a little spray and you can smooth it out without adding more layers. This method can be super drippy-- in fact most of my stuff sits in our basement shower for a couple hours just drip drying-- but it's an easy clean, especially if you use elmers or some water based glue and cuts out the messy hands and trying to smooth the TP down without tearing it. That drives me nuts when all the TP does is tear.
If paper mache is your enemy too, I hope this helps!