Paper Mache is an amazing thing, I learned this 3-D art concept when I was just a small child. As I went through school I learned even more about paper mache. I was the type of girl that really didn't care much about english or history, only art classes. :) If the drama team needed stage props the art students made them. And of course there was floats and other projects too. I really never stopped making things out of paper. ( I was even named the Paper Queen many years ago.) Birthday Pinatas have been very popular in my family. You can see Zechariah's 13th Birthday Pinata Here When my church asked me if I could make them a tomb for the Easter Sunday Program, I thought sure why not, I think I can figure out something.
It is really good to have some great help. :) Once the frame was built we had to tare newspaper into strips. Then mix flour, salt and water together to make a thin paste.
This is just way to thick but my helper is just way to cute. LOL
Dip the newspaper into the paste, wipe off the extra and lay it on the wire. When you first get started you have to lay just a few pieces of paper on and then allow it to dry. It is a little tricky to get the paper to stick to the wire.
But it is very easy to get the paper to stick to the paper. Just keep adding paper a little at a time until it is covered making sure it drys well in between coat.
I decided to add some small rocks, just by rolling up paper into different size balls and covering them with the striped paper dipped in the paste.
1st coat of paint is black.
It had to be built in 3 pieces like this so it would fit threw the door. The tomb stood 11 feet tall and 7 feet wide.
This is the stone that goes in front of the tomb, I have a piece on thin paneling on the bottom of the door to help it stand up. I placed a indented handle on each side so it could be easy pulled across the floor.
Next coat of paint was to add high lights, I just dry brushed over the high spots with gray paint.
Final coat of paint is white, I just high lighted again with a dry brush.
FYI this project took one month to complete, but didn't take hardly any money at all.
All that was left was to get it off to the Church, and these 2 guys enjoyed pretending that it weighted a lot. LOL This is Zechariah and our friend Pete.
Pics from another paper mache project just for the fun of it.
Hope you enjoyed this post, paper mache is easy and fun go ahead and give it a try. Coming soon a paper mache pinata in the shape of a wild hog head for my brother's 60th Birthday. See you then. :)