1. Blow up balloon to the desired size.
2. Pour a small amount Cra Z art washable clear glue into a bowl. To make three fish, use 1/4 cup of Cra Z art washable glue.
3. Slowly add warm water to the Cra Z art washable Clear glue. Mix the Cra Z art washable clear glue to a consistency of puddling.
4. Dip the newspaper strips one at a time into the bowl of Cra Z art washable clear glue. Do not fully submerge or soak them as they will start if too saturated.Squeeze the strips between two fingers to remove excess Cra Z art washable clear glue and lumps as you remove them from the bowl.
5. Wrap the wet paper strips around the balloon in crisscrossing patterns for strength. Apply a couple of layers over the knot where you tied the balloon off.
6. Rest the fish on a plastic cup or blow as you prepare the next strip.
7. Continue attaching strips until the entire balloon is covered and there are no thin areas or spaces exposed. Smooth out any bumps or wrinkles and remove any excess Cra Z art washable clear glue with your hands.
8. Place the fish (on the cup or blow) on the table to dry overnight. It may take a day or two to completely dry depending on the air.
9. Check the balloon the following morning and rotate the fish’s position on the cup or blow. The section of the balloon that is in the cup or blow. The section of the balloon that is in the cup or blow tends to dry a bit slower and will need to be exposed to dry throunghly so place in front of fan.
10. Design fins and cut them out of a recycled Styrofoam board. Test the fit of each fin on the curve of the balloon.
Written by: Briana Brooks and Jacob Chin
DIY Paper Mache Tropical Fish: Briana Brooks, Jacob Chin, Nathan Moench