Lovable Paper Mache or Paper Clay Snowman Ornament
We will show you how to wade up newspaper into a small ball and transform it into a singing Snowman with big rosy cheeks.
This paper mache project is super simple and perfect for someone wanting to learn the versatile art of paper mache. The Snowman
This small Snowman ornament has a awesome whimsypapermache look we think you will enjoy so much.
Paper Mache Paste
Paints and Paint Brushes
Paper Clay (Optional)
H20 and Rags
Steps to Make Your Little Snowman
1. Build Your Armature
Begin by wading up recycle newspaper into a small round ball for the Snowman's head use tape to hold the round shape into place. Now wade up a piece of newspaper into a tear drop shape for the body. Tape the head and body together and slide into a plastic bag.
Using masking tape to shape your bag and hold into place.
Nose and Cheeks
Twist newspaper into a carrot nose shape and hold with tape. Tape the nose onto the snowman's face. Wade up pieces of paper and tape into place for juicy cheeks.
At this point you can add anything you like such as a hat or scarf.
This is your finished snowman ornament armature and you are ready for the next step paper mache.
2. Paper Mache
Cover the Snowman armature with 3 to 4 layers of newspaper soaked in paper mache paste. Lay your paper flat onto your Snowman armature and work out all air bubbles. As you continue to apply layers of paper your Snowman will begin to take shape before your eyes.
Once you have covered Snowman with paper mache he must completely dry before adding more wet paper mache.
Check for soft spots or weak areas if you do not find any then you can move on to priming and painting. If you need to add more layers and usually I find for a sturdy piece of paper mache you will need to add a total of estimated 8 layers.
Paper Mache: Cover with 3 to 4 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 Snowman must completely dry. The size of your Snowman will determine how long it will take to dry.
Quick Link to Paper Mache Paste Recipe: http://goo.gl/BH5lgM
If you need once Snowman has dried you can lightly sand with sandpaper and wipe off before painting.
3. Paint and Varnishing the Snowman Ornament
Paint a white coat of primer paint onto Snowman to give a white canvas for painting.
Once the snowman has dried you can paint then paint it with layers of acrylic paints.
Let all you painting completely dry before sealing with varnish.
You must seal your paper mache pieces with varnish for protection. We use Polycrylic Minwax at the studio to seal all our art with 3 to 4 layers.
Snowman Wrap Up
This is just one way to make a Snowman ornament; we would love to hear your thoughts and see your paper mache Snowman's.
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