Archive for ‘paper mache’

May 28, 2010

It’s been a while since I posted as I have been ultra busy but it’s half term now and time to catch up on a few outstanding projects! I’ll update these as and when they progress…

On a separate note, I have decided that I am going to donate 10% of my sales to a local charity, namely Southern Lurcher Rescue. They do fabulous work rescuing greyhounds and lurchers from dog pounds and fostering them until they are ready for their forever sofas. Please visit their website to see some of the gorgeous hounds waiting for homes in the UK.

April 30, 2010

First commission finished!

My first commission for one of our agility trainers has finally been finished – hooray! I can’t post pictures until she has been given it as I don’t want to spoil the surprise but I am very happy with it. It is the reason behind the lack of posting recently as every spare evening has been spent doing this and I’ve taken a lot of time over it making absolutely sure it’s right. Now I can continue with the rest of the unfinished projects hanging around – maybe even sell one, stranger things have happened!

On a slightly different note, we have an agility competition this weekend and with luck Myrtle may stay in the ring and Dan may actually run instead of walking! As I said, stranger things have happened…

April 9, 2010

New 3D Picture

I’ve now finished another of those projects that have been awaiting my attention! I made this picture differently to the way I made the first one to try to avoid the warping issues. I have since been told that putting the PM on both sides at the same time will prevent warping but I have yet to try this. This one I did using an off-cut of MDF as a backing which I primed with watered down PVA to prevent it absorbing water and swelling. Other than that I did this one exactly the same as the previous one. I’m not sure how well the 3D effect shows up in the picture, but I assure you that it is in 3D!

April 8, 2010

Sunburst “Text Box”.

One of the 9 unfinished projects is now finished! I’ve decided to call it a Text Box as it is a box decorated with text in a sunburst pattern. I’ll definitely be making more of these to take to the next Craft Fair I’m doing in July, I’m not sure how much to sell them for yet.

 I never did hear back about using books this way from the publisher so I went ahead and did it. They could at least have sent a short message saying yes or no, it wouldn’t have taken them very long out of their busy day…

Here it is, I hope you like it!

April 3, 2010

Another busy week

As the title implies it’s been a busy week! I’ve almost finished my weasel; it just needs the tail finishing. I’ve also been making a box which I haven’t tried before but it’s simple enough so I may put a tutorial up sometime soon (hopefully better than my last effort!). Lastly I have made a small seal and when I say small it’s only 4″ long which is small for me! 

I have also received the photos for the non-paying commission so that will keep me busy for the next few weeks! I will post photos once the recipient has received her dog!

None of these have been painted yet but here they are so far:

Have a happy Easter!  Jo

March 28, 2010

Dan finally got a rosette with a number on!

It was a show weekend this weekend so no paper mache work to report other than an almost ready to paint weasel and a couple of very small, quick pieces which I’ll post about tomorrow.

It was the UKA Waverunners show today at Newbury Showground and as usual it was blowing a gale there but at least the promised rain held off! I was very proud , if a little cold, today as Dan got 4th in the
Beginners Agility! His time wasn’t great (47 point something secs) and
he was 5s behind 3rd place (another of our club’s members) but it’s only his second agility clear
ever! The course was nice and simple with a couple of more testy bits
as it was being run as Novice too. The weave entry wasn’t
straightforward but as it was run on his more comfortable side he
managed it and did all 12. I was such a proud owner!
Myrtle on the other hand was a complete moose. I had great hopes for
the Jumping as it was a lovely course but as soon as we got to the
weaves she took off. I got her back and she did the weaves only to
take off again. I called it a day at that point! The agility was the
same course as Dan (obviously!) and she managed the first 2 jumps and
the tunnel before she took off again – this time to dig manically in a
heap of sand… The steeplechase was my last hope for her as she was
bound to be tired by this point. She did the first 6 or 7 jumps quite
nicely and then took off to raid the food van. She caused much
merriment, thankyou Sharon 😉 and at least she had a great time. I am
forlornly hanging on to the belief that it takes 6 months for what
they are doing at training to translate to the ring – please let it be true!

March 26, 2010

Copyright issues in reusing old books

I have recently had an idea about using some old books as decoration on my paper mache as at the school I work at a couple of books have been thrown away as they were beyond repair. However, I am concerned about possibly infringing the copyright  of the author/illustrator by using them. After receiving some good advice on this from the craft forum I think I will contact the copyright owners and find out if I need permission just in case. I’ll let you know what they say…

March 23, 2010

Cupcake Box – The final unveiling!!

Sooner than anticipated, I have finished painting the cupcake box, woohoo! I have yet to varnish it but I couldn’t wait to post it, so here it is and I hope you like it:


I’m still undecided though when it comes to decorating the cake case. I’d quite like to decoupage some cherries on it but I don’t know. Any thoughts are more than welcome! You may have noticed that I opted for a chocolate cake as opposed to a plain sponge. There are two reasons for that; 1. I LOVE chocolate and 2. My colour mixing abilities are somewhat limited so I thought that chocolate colour would be easier!

March 23, 2010

Completed 3D picture

Well, I painted the 3D picture last night and here it is:

I painted it to resemble verdigris copper and highlighted with a copper rubbing wax. The overall colour was a little darker than I’d hoped but I’m pleased nonetheless! The cupcake box needs a little more painting and I hope to be posting the finished box tomorrow, with luck!

March 22, 2010

How to make a 3D paper mache picture – Updated

Hi, since I posted the original tutorial I have had time to think and I am now going to post a slightly better way of doing it!

Instead of using the card backing, I have tried doing it by putting a layer of cling film over a piece of wood with the design underneath. I have done the rest as before but the cling film means that there is no chance of the piece warping. The film can be peeled off once it’s dry and the design used again. I hope this helps!