Ever made anything with paper pulp, or with a styrofoam tray? Well, I've recycled styrofoam trays and used them for paper mache projects and for making fun prints, and now they've found another purpose – as the base for a unique paper pulp project.
Now, as far as I know, paper pulp isn't usually beautiful and requires painting afterwards, but I decided to try my own technique wherein the color and beauty of the paper was still evident in the final product. And I think it worked. Mind you, the results are quite artful and far from perfect, not my usual style, but I'm trying to stretch myself a bit, and you should too, or at the least get your kids to create out of the box and not seek perfection! Why? Perfection does not equal creativity!
Look at that pile of scraps on my floor, beautiful right? It almost ended up in the garbage, but the friend who came over to craft didn't have time to clean up her mess...(don't worry, she offered to come back later) and I had the feeling that something interesting would come out of it. Plus the scraps just looked so lovely I had to come up with a way to use them! A little challenge between me, myself and I, that is still in the works with more paper pulp projects to come. Well, actually no promises, they're still drying so we'll have to see what the results are! And in the mean time, I'm just going to have to figure out where to put my new little object.
- colored paper scraps, these are laser printer paper weight sheets of paper
- a recycled styrofoam tray (this one held ground turkey)
- a large bowl, and water
- medium: mod podge or paverpol, or slightly diluted white glue
- Tear up the paper into smallish pieces and place in the bowl, possibly fun for some kids (my five year old), tedious for others! As the pile grows, slowly add just enough water to moisten the paper.
- Add just enough water to make all the paper wet, and even mushy but not so that there's excess water in the bowl.
- Let the pulp mixture sit for a few hours to absorb more water. Covered it can keep for several days or more until you get around to using it. Just don't wait too long, because after a week or so the colors will start to look a bit muddy.
- Working on small areas at a time, and using your fingers, smudge some mod podge or paverpol on the tray, and on the underside of a piece of the paper pulp. Press piece down onto tray and smudge some more medium on top. Continue working in this manner, being careful to maintain a consistent thickness of pulp, and using pieces that have a nice combination of colors. Fill in holes where necessary with small pieces of pulp.
- I completed the top and then left it to dry for 24 hours before turning the piece over and working on the bottom.
- Set aside to dry (this may take several days) and once mostly dry, give one last coat of modge podge or paverpol. Before the final coat of medium, apply a small paper doily coaster, or just about any decorative element...even some stamps might be nice, or a picture of a bird's nest....
- Enjoy your little artful project and use it as a catch-all for keys and coins, or even as a dish to serve tiny treats.
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