Fabulous Paper Mache Art

I did not really understand the full potential of paper mache until man years later – quite recently in fact. In art class, we spent a whole month working with no other materials. We made and decorated paper mache boxes at first, but after that, we took it a whole lot further. We made paper mache masks, and paper mache animals, to name just a few things. It was really a whole lot of fun. But, of course, the part on paper mache boxes was my favourite by far, because it reminded me so clearly of my childhood. As a final, we were allowed to choose any art project that we wished, and I decided to make several more paper mache boxes that stacked inside each other. It was so much fun that I can hardly explain it. I had always thought that art was not for me, but after making those paper mache boxes, I realized that there as some art that I could really get quite passionate about.

Since then, I have been a fanatic for anything made out of paper mache. I have made paper mache boxes, filled with little treats and surprises, for my family for each of the last several holidays, and it shows no sign of getting boring. Often they do not say a whole lot when they get one of my paper mache boxes as a surprise, but I am pretty sure that they really do appreciate what I am doing, by giving them something personal and soul felt, instead of your average silly store bought gift.

A lot of people really like paper mache boxes, especially when they are kids. I think that the popularity of the paper mache box stems from a couple of factors. It is easy to decorate, cheap to buy and to produce, and it has a nice finished look, and a good solid feel. When I was a kid, we used to go, for birthdays and such, to a place where we would buy paper mache animals, paper mache boxes, or whatever other objects struck our fancy. Then, we would get to paint them with paints that the place would supply. I used to love doing this, but thinking back on the experience, I think that we were robbed of half of the fun. There is so much more to paper mache boxes than just the experience of painting them.

Looking for projects is not hard to find, here are just a few to get you started.

Kids craft ideas. A PANTS-GLASS for stationery. Papier-mache

Ellie with skin texture

Gift giving Two Fold

I wanted to share this great review about jewellery making – more specifically earrings – and had a wonderful epiphany. This book can meet two kinds of needs in the gift department. First you  could gift the book to that friend who likes to make jewellery or secondly you can use the book to make your own earrings for gifts to your friends. Fabulous.

 

Earrings, Earrings, Earings
This book is great fun as a resource and idea book for inspiration! The photos and directions for duplicating projects are clear for the novice or experienced header wanting to create a pair of earrings as shown. Clear and easy to follow instructions, a picture of every project, and an extensive/informative buyer’s guide make this book a “must have” for those just starting out making jewellery. Inspirational and encourages embellishment to make the design your own.
Earrings, Earrings, Earrings can be a learning text for the beginner to intermediate jewellery makers and a resource for inspiration and unique artist made beads and supplies. Full of inspiring designs for the beginning and intermediate jewellery maker. At the front of the book, the author provides the basic steps to creating loops, wrapped loops, etc. through clear written instructions and photographs. Each earring project has a list of materials and written step by step directions.
Working with beads is a popular hobby for people of many ages. A few basic techniques make these earrings a snap to create, with fashionable results. These original designs are perfect for every day and easy enough that you will feel confident making and wearing them to work, school, dinner or a show. Change your outfit, change your look, or make quick gifts with a few leftover beads. Basic wire, stringing and crimping techniques are used for 71 beginner or intermediate level projects. Posts, hoops, short and long dangles are shown, along with 12 sets including bracelets and necklaces. Includes a step-by-step photo how-to section and a visual glossary of terms. 176 pages, all colour.

Title Earrings, Earrings, Earrings!
Authors and contributors By (author) Barb Switzer
Physical propertiesFormat: Paperback
Number of pages: 176
Width: 203 mm
Height: 273 mm
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight: 544 g

AudienceGeneral/trade

LanguageEnglish

ISBNISBN 13: 9781592172498
ISBN 10: 1592172490
ClassificationsBISAC category code: CRA014000
Nielsen BookScan Product Class: T11.6
LC classification: TT
BICMainSubject: WF
BICMainSubject: AF
Dewey: 745.582
BISAC category code: CRA048000

Illustrations noteillustrations
PublisherIndependent Pub Group
Imprint nameHOUSE OF WHITE BIRCHES
Publication date30 June 2009
Publication City/CountryGB