Hi everybody, It’s me “Tiki” Carol hailing out of Sunny Florida where my husband and myself are enjoying an early retirement. I have over 20 years experience doing craft shows through the 1980′s and 90′s, mostly in shopping malls. For you youngsters who may not know; there used to be troupes of 40+ traveling artisans that would seemingly invade your local shopping mall for a 5 day show. Sadly with the advent of retail kiosks, show such as these have gone the way of the dinosaur. I am proud to say I was part of that craziness back in the day. My medium at that time was wood names. Now many years latter I have had to find a more economical way to craft. Paper mache fits the bill. I also freelance draw and paint.
Toilet Tissue Tiki’s:
Quickie cool summer project with very little investment (if any).
Picture number 1 shows what youâ€™ll need:
pencil, scissors, roll of toilet tissue (cheep roll with no oily additives works best), empty T.P. Roll, and your favorite paper mache medium (I use white glue/water 1:1 mix). A blunt brush (old paint brush) is optional.
Pic 2: Fold T.P. Roll length wise.
Pic 3: Turn quarter turn and fold again then lay flat.
Pic 4: Draw a wild face. Exercise your imagination, or you can always do an internet search on Tikiâ€™s for inspiration. Make sure that each half of the face straddles fold.
Pic 5: Refold roll on the straddle line mentioned in step 4 (pic 4).
Pic 6,7,8 and 9: Cut out areas youâ€™d like light to show through. You can use an exacto knife for this, but scissors are more friendly with me.
Pic 10: Coat with paper mache medium.
Pic 11: Lay a sheet of your T.P. on wet surface. You may have to dab in with a blunt brush.
Pic 12: We are 45 minutes in on these 3 pictured with 1 layer of T.P.
Note the holes visible where paper has ripped. Donâ€™t fret if this happens. They will be covered with additional layers after previous coat dries.
Pic 13: Pictured are Tikiâ€™s after 3 coats of T.P. We are now ready to close in the top. Coat top edge with layer of paper mache medium.
Pic 14: lay a sheet of T.P on top.
Pic 15: drip some medium onto tissue as pictured. WARNING! DO NOT TRY TO BRUSH IT ON.
Pic 16 and 17: Fold one corner onto center of tissue, continuing around until all 4 corners are onto center. This is like giving a second layer of tissue.
Pic 18: Repeat step 16 folding the corners again. You can tuck in any wayward edges. Weâ€™re now an additional half hour into the project. Let everything dry.
Your Tikiâ€™s can now be used for â€œmoodâ€ lighting by placing over a BATTERY OPERATED tea lamp. The Light will show through the thin toilet tissue layers.
You can leave them as they are, or decorate:
Pic 19: Coat with brown acrylic thinned to a stain.
Pic 20: Shows how holding Tiki under a light will show where to paint a more solid color.
Pic 21: The 3 Tikiâ€™s with a white dry brushed over opaque acrylic.
Have fun with it!
Thanks, Carol. This looks like a fun summer project. Now I just have to get my chicken clock finished – it’s already painted, and just waiting for the varnish to dry. Maybe that post will go up after the holiday. If anyone else has a fast, easy paper mache project you’d like to show off, please enter our Three-Hour Paper Mache Challenge.