Happy 4th of July!!! I hope you are enjoying your holiday! Susan here bringing you a project to get your creative muse ready to sparkle like fireworks!!!
I used the old-fashioned papier-mâché technique that we all used when we were kids...white glue and strips of newspaper over a balloon. Who remembers making masks like this??? I do and I have brought this technique up-to-date by using Sakura Crystal Lacquer and paper napkins.
Step one: Coat balloon with vegetable oil to act as a resist.
Step two: Adhere balloon to a base to hold it up for paper maché.
Step three: Using Sakura Crystal Lacquer, adhere pieces of napkin
torn in small sections to balloon - overlapping to cover gaps.
Paint on Sakura Crystal Lacquer to completely saturate napkin pieces.
Completely covered balloon with 4 layers of napkins
adhered using Sakura Crystal Lacquer.
After drying for several hours. Pop balloon and gently peel away from interior of paper maché form. I also trimmed edge with scissors. I let this sit for several more hours to continue curing and harden.
I inflated a balloon inside paper maché form to hold up while painting. I mixed up Sakura Crystal Lacquer with Silver Terri Sproul Mixers and painted the entire base layer of the balloon. When dry I brushed on Gold Mixer and Copper Penny Mixer randomly and set aside to dry.
Detail of painted balloon surface has a real steampunk feel, and is slightly translucent. This is perfect as I will be adding an LED tea light to the center. Now the fun part...embellishing. Gather up some wire, eyelets and other metal doo-dads and decorate away!
Presenting ... Steampunk Airship Balloon
I hope you have enjoyed today's post and that you are inspired to go and create something. Please take a look around through the projects from my other Sakura Hobby Craft Design Team members for some great projects, tips and ideas! Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July. I'll be back in two weeks on July 18th with another how-to.
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Have a wonderful Wednesday : )