I'm excited to finally have armatures that I like for this year's new outdoor props. As I type, the second layer of paper mache (using Stolloween's recipe) is drying. Now I'm wondering, how many layers do most people use? I typically do enough that when I press on the piece there's no give but I feel like pieces that will be sealed and outside might need more.
I intend to seal them so they're waterproof but I'm wondering if I should put a coat on before AND after I paint them or just after. Anyone have experience with paper mache soaking up paint more than usual or getting slimy when the top coat of glue gets wet from the paint?