The idea for paper mache art is to create decorative, beautiful and interesting objects that serve as wall hangings or table decorations. Paper mache art projects are fun to make and can be created quickly if you have the right supplies and the right materials.
To get started creating your own paper mache art, you will need the following supplies: a box of paper towels, artist quality acrylic paints in bright colors, artist quality sealer, a paint brush and some spray glue. You will also want to gather together spare materials such as egg cartons, fabric scraps, old newspapers, scrap wood, cardboard boxes, bottle caps and anything else you can think of that would make an interesting texture for the project.
If you want to do an abstract piece or one with a textural effect such as fur or feathers or cloth, it is best to start with a base of corrugated cardboard. Glue this onto a piece of plywood or foam board before applying additional layers of newspaper and/or other materials
The first layer of newspaper should be soaked in water until it is saturated but not dripping wet. Press this layer onto the corrugated cardboard using your hands and then let it dry for several hours or overnight. When it is dry peel away the top layer
Paper mache art is a fun way to decorate and personalize your home. Paper mache art is also an easy medium for children to use to create their own artwork in the form of animals, birds, fish, people, masks and more.
Paper mache art is traditionally made with a paper mache paste that uses flour and water as its primary ingredients. The paste can be tinted with acrylic paints or with liquid dyes, making it possible to produce just about any color you can imagine.
To make a paper mache piece for your home, you will need:
A vase or container to hold the paper mache piece
A sponge or rag for soaking up the excess water from the paste
Acrylic paints in colors of your choice
Tools such as a small spoon, rolling pin or paintbrush
You’ll also need: A large bowl or tub (big enough to hold your container) A smaller bowl 2 inches deep 1 cup white flour 3/4 cup hot tap water 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 cup white glue (Elmer’s Glue-All works well) Liquid food coloring (optional) Plastic sheeting or newspaper Plastic wrap Cardboard box Rubber bands Paintbrushes Sc
Making paper mache art is a great way to spend an afternoon. It’s not as hard as you might think and can be done with items you probably have around your home. The kids will love it and its a great way to keep them entertained on a rainy day!
Making paper mache art is really quite simple. It just takes a few supplies and some time to let it dry. The beauty of this project is once you have the supplies, you can turn any kind of bowl or container into fun paper mache art! There are many different types of paper you can use for this project.
I used newspaper for my project because I had that readily available but if you plan ahead you can also use magazine or catalog pages. You’ll also need something to mix the glue with such as flour, water or cornstarch. I was out of flour so I decided to make my own mixture using cornstarch and water.
There are two main ways to create your artwork using paper mache, adding layers of newspaper or pages and then coating it with glue or covering an object in one piece like a mask. To create my mask I first used a bowl that originally had dried fruit in it (you can use whatever type of bowl or container you’d like
The paper mache’ process and is quite fun. When the paper mache is finished, it will be a wonderful piece of artwork.
The best news is that you can do something amazing at home with your own hands. You don’t have to pay thousands of dollars to get beautiful art work. The best part is that you will learn a new skill and have fun while doing it.
This art form has been around for centuries, but it really hasn’t had a resurgence until recently. There are many great artists who create stunning art using this technique and sharing their knowledge with others. By using paper mache, you can create some really beautiful pieces and enjoy the process as well as the finished product.
**Interesting fact:** If you want to give the finished project an antique look, you can add tea stains or coffee stains to the mix before applying the paper mache’ layer.
To create paper mache art, you will need the following items:
1. White glue (for a single piece) or white glue and flour paste (for multiple pieces)
2. A wide range of paper, from newsprint to thick scrapbooking paper
3. A couple of bowls for mixing the glue/flour paste, and a spoon for stirring
4. Plastic wrap for covering your table/counter, to keep it from getting stained
5. Plastic gloves to protect your hands from the glue
When it comes to molding, smoothing and texturing your paper mache sculptures, there is no better tool than a plastic putty knife.
Although you can sculpt a sculpture with almost anything, including your fingers and hands, I find that the putty knife helps me create more detail in the final product.
I was first introduced to paper mache art when I was 10 years old by my great aunt who made many fun crafts with her hands. She shared many “secrets” of her art and one of them was using the plastic putty knife for sculpting. The rest, as they say, is history.
Today I am going to share with you the secrets that my auntie taught me about how to use the putty knife for sculpting a paper mache project.
Fashion has come a long way since the days of powdered wigs and corsets. If you are like me, you might be a little perplexed by the latest fashions. After all, how can anyone look fashionable wearing jeans that fit like spandex and shirts that would look more appropriate on a flag pole?
When I was in high school, there were some kids who were into punk rock. They dressed in leather and black. They pierced their noses and tongues. They had tattoos. They wore makeup and dyed their hair crazy colors. At the time, I thought they looked ridiculous. But now they look pretty normal to me. Change is the only constant, right?
The fashion trends of today seem just as extreme to me as punk rock did back then. It’s funny how our perception of what is normal changes with time.