Papier Machete is being applied to the great mask from Caroline.

Papier Mache is being applied to this great mask from Caroline.

The Maker in Residence is half way done! The makers have been super productive, making some great puppets come to life.

Once the papier mache starts to dry it hardens and smoothes out, leaving a solid surface that will later be painted.

Once the papier mache starts to dry it hardens and smoothes out, leaving a solid surface that will later be painted.

This weekend the students began the papier mache phase of the puppet making process. Maker in Residence Donovan Zimmerman started off the festivities by making a big batch of what he calls “Goop.” The goop is actually cornstarch mixed with boiling water. This makes a nice paste for applying the papier mache pieces to the puppets.

This head is really starting to come to life as it gets covered in a skin of paper mache.

This head is really starting to come to life as it gets covered in a skin of paper mache.

Papier Mache is a French term that translates into “chewed paper,” due to the slimy nature of the pieces. Each student used the papier mache to cover their masks and give them a finished solid base that will be painted next session.

To start the papier mache process each maker starts by tearing paper into small pieces. The pieces will be covered in what Donovan affectionately calls "Goop," and then applied over the puppet head.

To start the papier mache process each maker starts by tearing paper into small pieces. The pieces will be covered in what Donovan affectionately calls “Goop,” and then applied over the puppet head.

This ambitious project takes a lot of papier mache-ing to get it covered.

This ambitious project takes a lot of papier mache-ing to get it covered.

Papier mache translates from French to English as "chewed paper." Looking at the slimy pieces of paper being applied to each mask proves this is an apt description.

Papier mache translates from French to English as “chewed paper.” Looking at the slimy pieces of paper being applied to each mask proves this is an apt description.