Last night Jamie brought home just the most amazing book on papier mache from the library at ECA. It is by Peter Rush, and goes over different techniques of papier mache than I've used before. They use tissue paper and wallpaper paste... I think wallpaper paste seems like overkill personally, but i think using tissue paper is a great idea, as you could then eliminate a base coat of colour to cover newsprint text.
In addition, it shows how to make models as you would to photograph for book illustrations. Jamie and I will do an experiment with these techniques on Sunday, making finger puppets. I'm excited to experiment with these techniques in a narrative form. I need to find more theory on narrative in artwork.