Posts tagged ‘tutorial’

March 21, 2010

3D Picture continued

In case you were wondering, I haven’t forgotten the cupcake box! I am almost at the painting stage and I prefer to “bulk paint” so I am waiting until I have a couple of things to paint.

I used paper mache clay to do the background of my 3D picture in the end. I did it first with paper strips using some left over wallpaper paste from my husband’s decorating. I neglected to realise that as he was putting thick lining paper up with it that he had made it with more water than normal so I ended up removing it all and doing it again :(. The backing had warped slightly due to the excess water in the paste but it is recoverable! I haven’t got a picture at the moment as I simply haven’t taken one (lazy mare!). At this stage there is a few choices you can make:

1. To sand or not? If you want a nice smooth finish to it you can go over it carefully with sand paper. Remember not to press too hard or it will crack! 

2. To add a finishing coat or not? Again, you may want to do this if you want a smooth finish or to fill in any small gaps. I picked this tip up from this site. Simply mix PVA glue and filler! The ratio depends on how thin you want it but I tend to go either 1:1 or 1 part filler to 2 parts PVA. For this I will probably do the latter.

Once all that has dried you can paint it however you wish! Don’t forget to varnish it to protect it!

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March 20, 2010

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…