Thursday, 5 March 2015

Deco Mache Week - Dawn Heald

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another week on The Craft Barn Blog.

This week we are featuring Deco Mache, if you've never tried it 
please do, it is great fun, very easy and can be used on all sorts of 
surfaces.  We saw some lovely new papers at the Trade 
Show in Birmingham a few weeks ago, can't wait for them to come in!!

Today Dawn is going to show you what she has been up to....

"I've chosen to use the Paper Mache pencil case. These are inexpensive
 and you really can alter them however you like. The flat surfaces 
make it easy.

Top tip -

Before you start, put a piece of tape over the press stud hole, this stops
 paints glues etc from going in it that prevents it from
closing at the end.

Spread Grunge Paste through the Harlequin stencil onto parts of the
 pencil case. Leave to dry or use heat tool to speed it up.

Give the whole case two coats of White Gesso and dry.
Then cut Deco Mache papers into small pieces and stick to cover case
 inside and out with Matt Medium. I used Small Flower outside,
 Large Flower inside.

When dry, sponge the edges with Hey Pesto and then Chartreuse
 Fresco paints.

Make some feet using plain paper folded up into long strip and
 rolled tight. (I used half sheet of paper, lengthwise, for each foot). 
Then paint. Use glossy accents to glue to bottom of case.

Use the Lemon Yellow Liquid Pearls to highlight the raised parts
 from the Grunge Paste. Just dab a tiny amount onto your finger and 
spread lightly over them. This gives a subtle sheen.

Coat entire case with Satin Varnish.

Die cut the Marianne design butterfly, draw over the shape
 with Liquid Pearls Lemon Yellow, when dry snip away the
 edges to make a smaller Butterfly. Glue a couple of gems on the
 antennae and glue to case lid".

Thank you Dawn, what a lovely gift this would make!

This is what Dawn used -

Paper Mache Pencil Case
Deco Mache papers - Small Flower, Large Flower
Tando Creative - Harlequin Stencil
Grunge Paste
Marianne Design - Butterfly Design
Fresco Finish Paints - Hey Pesto, Chartreuse
Liquid Pearls - Lemon Yellow
White Gesso
Cosmic Shimmer - Dries Clear Glue
Matte Medium
Clear Gems

Check out the Paper Mache items on the website that
could be covered with Deco Mache papers.  It is also great for the kids
to do too!

See you tomorrow with another fabulous project,

Jane x

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