How to make a 3D picture in Paper Mache

Last night I made a new batch of paper mache clay which whilst not quite as smooth as the previous one was, it was still better than most of my previous ones; more whisking needed me thinks!
Anyway, on to my first attempt at a basic, probably confusing, tutorial! Let me know what you think!

On Thursday I discovered some lovely Indian and Art Nouveau designs in some books from SearchPress.

I picked one of the smaller designs and enlarged it on a photocopier. I then glued the design to some card from an old cereal packet (you could use corrugated card for a really prominent finish) and cut it out with a craft knife. I put it onto card first instead of directly onto the backing so that it would be easier to find the edge of the design as I applied the PM. I then glued the card shape onto a piece of card to serve as a backing. You could use hardboard or even an artist’s canvas but I prefer free stuff! Corrugated card (the kind that you get in packing boxes) is best as it doesn’t warp so much.  To be really certain that it won’t warp you could even use an ice-cream tub lid or other unrecyclable plastic lid. I have found to my cost that if you apply PM directly on card, it will absorb the liquid and warp ;). I then covered the whole thing with masking tape using a pencil to press it into the edges of the design. Then the fun (if fiddly) bit, applying the PM! I used paper mache clay (recipe from the Ultimate Paper Mache site; link on right hand side!) but it would work equally well with traditional paper strips and paste. I am undecided at the moment as to whether I would be better off finishing it with the paper strips or paper clay but I am erring towards the strips as they will give the whole thing a united look (if that makes sense!). I’ll let you know what I decide later!
This is how it looks so far…

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