Hogswatch -Christmas Tree Layout

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Postby Artizen » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:26 pm

I just made a bucket load yesterday. Still drying out under a table outside.

I use an office paper shredder to turn one of Murdoch's finest into a bucket full of fine strips.
I then pour boiling water over it to speed up the process of breaking down the strips into fibre.
I then add more water (hot or cold) until the mess in the bottom of the bucket is fully covered with water.
Leave overnight to soak.
Pour off excess water.
Add three tubes of cheap acrylic paint (colour of your choice).
Add one cup of white PVA glue.
Mix with your hands until the mess becomes one colour fully blended through.
Spread out on a non-stick surface (I used silicone paper) to dry out.
Dry brush with highlights making sure the streaking is all in the same direction.
Cut into strips with the streaks running across the strip.
Cut up into blocks - size to suit your scale but in Gn15 I used blocks of 25x40mm to represent a major wall.
Viola!!!! A stone wall!!!!!

For making scenery I use strips of old newspapers randomly glued down over cardboard formers. Then I get lazy and use grass mats. Much less mess and much better result (IMO).

Whatever you do, working with papier mache is fun!
Ian Hodgkiss
The Steamy Pudding (in progress)
West of Worcester (in progress)
Waikikamukau Sawmilling (planned)
Brisbane, Australia

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Postby Nobody » Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:01 am

Thank you all. Great answers. They are very helpful.
I really know what I'm trying to do.


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