Thursday, 4 April 2013

Decorated Papier Mache Suitcase

You may have seen these Papier Mache suitcases on a previous post...they took centre stage on my daughters recent birthday treat table.
It really is easy to turn plain Papier Mache or wood items into something beautiful with just a few easy steps...
You will need:-
Sponges/ soft brush
Start by preparing the background colour for the suitcase. You can buy the background colours ready mixed or you can make your own colour, using the white as your base and adding small amounts of the artist colours to achieve the desired colour.
Mix the paint with APS ratio 2:1 and apply to the case. The APS helps give a better cover and stops the paint from soaking in. You can apply the paint with either a sponge or a brush, whichever you find easiest. Leave to dry.

Separate the tissues into the fine layers and tear the parts that you wish to use. A torn edge makes it easier to blend the pieces together.
Apply the torn tissue to the case using the All Purpose Medium. Lay the tissue flat on the case, load the brush well with the medium and, with soft strokes, apply the medium to the tissue - working from the centre of the piece outwards. Ensure that plenty of medium is applied. If the tissue seems to be tearing it usually means that not enough medium is being used.
And that really is all there is to it! You may want to apply another coat of the All Purpose Sealer or varnish to ensure an even finish.

I finished the case with a ribbon trim.
This method can be used to decorate a variety of items...I guarantee if you give it a go, you will be hooked!
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