Vase in the technique of "Papier-mache"

We need:
  • Form for the future vase;
  • Newspapers;
  • White paper;
  • PVA glue;
  • Disposable gloves;
  • Polyethylene film;
  • Gouache;
  • Glossy varnish for coating;
  • Brushes for gouache and lacquer
1. Preparatory stage. Prepare a form for a future vase. If you pick a shape with a smooth surface, then it will be easier to work. To lay out the outside of the form with polyethylene so that, removing the vase from the form, do not damage either the future vase or the form itself.
 Form for a future vase
lined with polyethylene
Dilute PVA glue with water in a 1: 3 ratio. Tear newspapers into small sections (small pieces of newspapers will make the surface of the vase smoother, and large rectangular pieces will significantly speed up the work) The number of newspapers you need depends on the size of your vase and the desired wall thickness.
 Diffuse the PVA glue
tearing the newspaper
2.Making a vase. Disposable gloves are useful for this stage of work. Dropping pieces of newspapers in water-diluted glue, gently impose them on the outside of the form (I remind you that it is necessary to cover the form with polyethylene). Segments to impose in a circle. When the first ball is ready, you can give it some time to dry up, or continue to work, putting it after each other, ball by ball. For best results and durability of the finished product, newspaper pieces are best applied in 8 layers.
 wet with glue
 waiting for drying
The drying process depends on the amount layers and can take from two to four days. When the vase dries, you should carefully remove the form from it. To prepare a vase for decoration, it is necessary to glue it in small pieces of white paper in several layers inside and out. For gluing white paper, we use the same method as for gluing newspapers. Leave the vase covered with white paper for one more day.
 paste over with white paper
 paste with white paper
3. Decorating a vase. The decor of your vase depends only on your imagination. We propose to cover the finished vase with patterns using ordinary gouache. Why gouache, and not watercolor paints? It's simple. Watercolors will give a softer picture, as watercolors are more transparent. And gouache has a more dense texture, which gives a brighter and clearer pattern. It is important to determine which pattern you want to apply, and also whether you want to apply it only on the outside or on the outside and on the inside. Drawing is better to pre-apply a pencil. And then on the contour to draw it with gouache and fine brush. The drawing will dry for about 1-2 hours. 4. It is advisable to varnish the finished and completely dried vase for comfortable use.
 Papier Mache
Glossy varnish will look great on the finished product.If you plan to use a vase with food, then varnish for coating should be found in stores for creativity. If your vase will not be in contact with the products, then the usual universal varnish, which can be bought at the hardware store, will also work (besides, this varnish will cost you much less). Cover the finished product with varnish on all sides and leave in a ventilated room for 5 hours until completely dry.

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