QUESTIONS YOU HAVE IN MAKING A PAPER MACHE

“Papier-mâché or paper mache, originated from the French word that means “chewed paper”. It is a material that have pulps or pieces of papers and sometimes goes with textiles and can be bound by glue or wallpaper paste. It was started in Europe around 1725. It was originally used for building door panels, and other structural uses.  But now, it has evolved into something that any people enjoy during their free time.

QUESTIONS YOU HAVE IN MAKING A PAPER MACHE

 

These questions below will guide you in making your paper mache:

If you’re just beginning to make paper mache, it can sometimes be hard. When you already have all what you need, you will have questions on some of them that might not be on answered on some tutorials.

How thick should you make your paste? 

Making paper mache is a very delicate process. You have to take into consideration every single detail that you put into making it. One tool that is very essential in making a paper mache is the glue or the paste. Sometimes, the glue that is sold online can be very thick and very thin. You want to tweak it a little bit for your mache to look good and hold strong. You want it thin enough so it could look more closely like a white glue than a pancake batter – although thicker paste will work great too.

What kind of flour will work?

To customize your glue, you’re going to need flour. They need to use all-purpose white flour. You want to sculpt your glue into your paper mache so it could hold and shape more effectively. You are going to need a paste that can be kept for longer periods of time, you can see the Elmer’s Art Paste that is available on the market too if making your own glue is too complicated to you.

Clean Tools

Be sure that all the utensils you use to clean the bowl and utensils before the paste has time to dry – it can dry very hard. Are you worried that molds will grow on your paper mache right after you make it? It can grow molds either before or after the sculpture is finished. Search online for ways where you can learn how to keep it from growing molds.

Boiled Flour for Water Paste?

Boiled paste for paper mache can take a little longer to make. It’s not really that stronger than any raw flour and waste paste but it will dry more nicely. Unlike the raw flour and water paste, the surface of your paper mache sculpture will look smoother.

Finishing Your Paper Mache Sculpture: 

You can use any type of paint on your sculpture. A lot of people use acrylic craft paints, and then seal their sculptures with a matte acrylic varnish. If the sculpture is very dry when you paint it, and if you seal it with varnish, it should last a lifetime. Now, you can think of other ideas what to sculpt next, you can do extraordinary thinks like making a paper mache sculpture of HVAC Bend Oregon, limousines, Lady Gaga and many more!

 

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HOW TO TAKE THE BEST PICTURE FROM YOUR PHONE

Do you wish you can be better at photography? Good quality photos can be great way to promote the brand of your business, your art, your talent and yourself. Social Media like Instagram, and Snapchat can be great avenues to showcase this talent. You never know, you can have your own photography exhibition someday. All it takes is a little research and practice.

HOW TO TAKE THE BEST PICTURE FROM YOUR PHONE

 

These tips below will help you in capturing well-taken photos. Get your camera ready.

Look your subject in the eye

When you take photo of someone, hold the camera in parallel to that person’s eye. Engaging your subject in an eye contact can result to a mesmerizing and magnetic photo. But also keep in mind that your subject doesn’t need to look at you or the camera all the time. Just keep in mind that they have to be at an eye level to get that intense pull and inviting feeling.

Use a plain background

A plain background can highlight and emphasize your subject. You can get the eyes that looks at the photo to focus on the subject.

Move it from the middle

Putting the subject in the middle is not the best idea because it tends to be flat.

Lock the focus

Lock the focus so you can have a sharp picture because sometimes if your subject is not in the center of the picture, it tends to get blurry.

Know your flash’s range

Check your phone’s specifications and take a sample to make sure that the light from your flashlight reaches your subject.

Watch the light

Make sure that the light in your photo complements and enhances your photo. Some professional photographers would say that the quality of a photo depends upon the lighting.

Take some vertical pictures

Photos taken vertically are sometimes not preferred by some people. Vertically taken photos can highlight some aspects of the photo that horizontally taken photos can’t. Not only are you using your smartphone from a perspective that it’s made for but you are also using a perspective where are not using anymore.

Be a picture director

Think like a director of a movie and plan what your scenes are going to look like. Think ahead where your subject is going to look more presentable. Set the decoration and position some of the features that would look great for the photo. Some directors also plan every scenes to have certain dimensions. Experiment and try what’s going to suit your taste.

Learn how to edit

Edit a photo in a way that is going to enhance your photo and not destroy it. Some people edit their photo with way too much filter that sometimes it hides its best features. Filters are made readily available in the internet for free. Social Media sites like Instagram have built in filters that you can choose from. You can add text and such but remember not to overload it with them because sometimes it can hinder you from seeing the photo initially.

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ARTS AND CRAFTS IDEAS FOR YOUR FREE TIME

Arts and crafts are not only just for kids, it is also for the young at hearts.  These are not only for the  young but you can also do it with the whole family. These activities can provide inspiration for you craft ideas that you can share with others. Try some of these activities and awaken your creative soul.

ARTS AND CRAFTS IDEAS FOR YOUR FREE TIME

 

Cereal Box

Do you have cereal boxes that just hangs around the garbage and is about to be thrown off? Clean those off and recycle them to make usable cereal boxes for storage. You can cut some parts of it to make a diagonal paper storage or you can decorate them to make a cool small house. Not only can it be useful and fun for the kids, it can also be great way to beautify the home.

Crayon Shapes

Collect your old and leftover crayons and combine them to make a colorful one! You can try this activity with kids and get creative juices flowing. You can melt the colored crayons together and they can pick the mold that the shape is going to be. You can also make it an activity where they’re going to recognize the color. By the end of the activity, the kids are going to have a new set of colored colors.

Puppet Theatre

Find a box to be your stage and a red curtain to make it a legit theatre. Create your puppets with the use of brown bags or you can up them by using clothes and make a real face. Transform a card box into a stage by decorating them with the theme that your box puppet show is going to be. This can be a great way to spend quality fun time with the family. Work together to create the stage, set the scenery, make the puppets and the storyline and script from the reading the books or watching a movie.

DIY Headband

Practice your sewing skills and make a headband. Let a kid join you and help her pick the cloth, the buttons and the lacing. You can also buy gems, faux rhinestones and sequences to customize the headband. The kids can show off their customized headband and for sure they’re going to not lose it easily too since they made it themselves.

How to Make a Bouncy Ball

A bouncy ball can be great toy for anywhere. It can provide hours and hours of enjoyment for any individual. It can be really expensive if you buy it yourself and just discovering that it has bounced off somewhere you’re never going to find it again. It can be a really fun way to make lots and lots of bouncy balls yourself, you can customize it, too. You can use it for any event and can be really great decoration. Go to your nearest cloth store and pick polymer that will be perfect for your bouncy ball.

 

 

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