Effortless Paper Mache Rudolph Mike
We will show you how to wade up newspaper into a ball and transform it with paper mache into a Mike Wazowski Christmas ornament.
This paper mache project is super easy and great for someone wanting to learn the awesome art of paper mache. We will add a few Mike characteristics such as one eye, green head, and a touch of personality.
This little Mike has a whimsypapermache look we think you will enjoy so much.
Quick link to free YouTube How to video: https://youtu.be/qOkUojRowLM
Paper Mache Paste
Paints and Paint Brushes
Paper Clay (Optional)
H20 and Rags
Steps to Make Your Rudolph Mike
1 Build Your Armature
Begin by wading up recycle newspaper into a pear shape ball, using masking tape to shape your bag of newspaper into a Mike head. Slide your head into a plastic bag and begin adding features.
Cut cardboard into a large oval and tape in the eye spot.
Use cardboard to cut antler shapes and sturdy with tp rolls. You can view this first hand in the how to video.
Wade up newspaper into a ball shape and tape right under his eye.
Add any features that you would like to see on your mike at this stage, whatever makes you happy you put that in your world.
Once you have your Mike armature ready you are going to cover in paper mache paste and paper.
2 Paper Mache
Quick Link to Paper Mache Paste Recipe: http://goo.gl/BH5lgM
Cover the Rudolph Mike with 3 to 4 layers of newspaper soaked in paper mache paste. Lay your paper flat onto your Mike armature and work out all air bubbles. As you continue to apply layers of paper your Mike will begin to take shape before your eyes.
Once you have covered your Mike with paper mache they must completely dry before adding more wet paper mache.
Tip: At this point check your Mike ornament for weak spots if you do not find any then begin painting but if he is not sturdy enough add more paper mache.
I have a total of 7 to 8 layers of paper mache on our Mike ornament.
Paper Mache: Cover with 4 to 5 more layers of paper mache all at one time. Let it completely dry before moving on to paint. After each session of paper mache your armature must completely dry before moving to your next step.
If you need once the big Mike has dried you can lightly sand with sandpaper and wipe off before painting.
3. Paint Your Rudolph Mike
Paint a white coat of primer paint on your Mike to give a white canvas for painting onto. We use white flat interior house paint from the Family Dollar to prime our sculptures.
Once the base coat as dried paint with acrylics anyway you like. Let all you painting completely dry before sealing with varnish.
4. Varnish and Protect
You must seal your paper mache pieces with varnish for protection. Varnish comes in a can in gloss or stain to apply with a brush or spray can apply 3 to 4 coats and let it dry.
Follow the instructions on your varnish to apply. We use Polycrylic Minwax at the studio to seal all our art.
Rudolph Mike Wrap Up
This is just one way to make a Mike Rudolph ornament; we would love to hear your thoughts and see your paper mache creations.
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