Tammi and I got together this past Saturday and started our papier maché pumpkins, in my kitchen because it was just too disgustingly hot outside. And here they are, the first steps: selecting a paper bag of the right size (Baskin and Robbins bags!), stuffing the bag with crumpled newspaper and using twine to create the grooves all around the body. With the basic shape now created, it was time to start with the glue and newspaper strips! More pictures later!
Tammi (an excellent teacher!) pointed out that, although many tutorials tell you a plastic bag base is good, paper is much better as the first layer of maché will slip around on the plastic and be frustrating as heck!