Today’s guest post is by Christine Majul, who offered to show us how she creates her beautiful and inventive paper mache vessels. Thanks, Christine, for sharing your techniques!
And now – here’s Christine:
Here are the two finished vessels. The one thing that I pride myself in, I like to use everyday reusable products for my projects. I like to use the use and reuse concept. It helps the environment, saves money and it sparks creativity. These projects appeal to a wide audience of all age groups. This would be great for children, and, adults of all ages from 18 to 100.
These are the materials that I used to make these two vessels. To make the bowl shape for both vessels, I used balloons, the phone book, Kraft paper, cardboard boxes that I had items shipped to me.
If you want to use free cardboard shipping boxes, go to your local grocery store, and ask them if you can get free boxes. Many stores crush and band their used boxes, but while they are restocking the shelves, they do allow you to take boxes home with you for no charge at all. I have gotten many a box this way to ship items and to use for craft projects. I have so many old phone books and the paper is nice and thin, so I use them to begin my projects as they are more pliable and shape better. That phone book you see in the photo was used for many of my projects, and it is a money saver.
I use about two layers to get the shape and if you like what you have, layer with kraft paper or I found online that one paper mache artist used old junk mail to make his paper mache fox. That is another resource that I have not thought of.
I use all kinds of reusable items. The bigger vessel, I used jello cups that I had to use duct tape to add volume to the stem and layers of paper to widen it some more. For the smaller vessel, I used for the stem an empty container for lemon tea flavored low calorie powder. I cut about two inches of from the top and attached both base and stem to the bowl using duct tape.
These are the two vessels with the kraft paper layer, but you can see the duct tape at the bottom of the taller vessel. If you look at the smaller vessel, you can see the cutout design going in and out.Â That was not the look I was going for, but that is what I got.
I put small pieces of paper around the cut shapes inside and out and when it dried, it shrank and it pulled the ridges in different directions. I call it creativeness. But, what I should have done is layered the outside first with several layers then, do the inside of the vessel later. It would have formed the ridge outside as it dried. I am not complaining it was a learning curve and will be noted on future projects. But I put layers of kraft paper inside and out of the vessel. That way, it will add strength to the pieces.
The smaller vessel I used acrylic paint and the stem and the base I used a dark green paint color with metallic gold and mixed the two together and I got this golden green metallic finish to the stem and base. I then freehand drew the design on the bowl part of the vessel and with the same gold, green mixture and painted the pink design again freehand. I used yellow with a very small touch of red to deepen the yellow color. To get the shine, I used Modge Podge.
The inside of the bowl, I used silver metallic paint, dark gray and white to get that color. I had some colored paper that was around me for a long time and I wondered what it would look like if I put it on the piece and that is what you see on the taller piece. I put red on top and I liked what I saw, but I felt something was missing and I realized that the piece was a little blah. So, I painted the green part in green metallic paint, and the red part, red metallic paint. It now has that bling and glow to it and looks a lot better. It is now ready for more adornments should I choose to add to them. But for now, I am satisfied with the result. I may change my mind later.