Prima's collection, "Tales of You & Me", created by Frank Garcia, is one of those collections that is totally sensational and a "must have" for your stash. ( You can see the original post for my bunny at Prima's blog, right here)
I made this sweet little patchwork bunny with Easter in mind. It will look great on the table with some flowers.
I shared my instructions and some photos of the process which you'll find if you scroll down. This bunny is remarkably easy to make. This is a simple process, but I cannot lie - a messy one. First though, here are a few more close ups.
Here is a head shot. You can see his sweet little face. To be honest, it looks like he has an eye and a darker nose. Totally unintentional. It's really where the papers ended up but they do look perfectly placed. I promise I'm NOT that detail oriented.I used the Memory Hardware by Frank Garcia - Petite Rosette Trim for the bunny's neck. It's tiny and delicate and just what an Easter Bunny would wear.
Here is his side profile.
...and his darling puff bunny tail made by using Memory Hardware by Frank Garcia - Grand Rosette Trim.
How did I make this?
This is the plain paper mache bunny that I started with.
I painted the paper mache with some gesso. I used Heavy White gesso and added a bit of water to thin it out. After I painted it, I mixed some Prima Chalk Board paints together to make a blush pink color.
I did this because I wanted to create the patchwork bunny. I knew there would be some bare uncovered spots and I didn't want gesso to show. I thought the blush pink would be prettier as a base color and would blend with the papers better.
I ripped a bunch of thin strips from the "Tales of You & Me" collection. I kept them very small. As I started the project, I noticed that big wide pieces of paper would not form nicely around the paper mache and lie flat.
The key to this project is to mist the papers with water and get them wet enough to bend - yet not dripping. The paper needs to be flexible in order to drape smoothly over the bunny shape.
The second step is to coat each paper strip with Finnabair's Art Basic Soft Matte Gel Medium. Using matte medium is important to me because I'm not a glossy gal. I do not want my final project to shine. I want it to be a nice subtle table decoration. The Matte Gel Medium acts as a glue and securely adheres the papers as long as you coat each piece of paper with gel.
Pay special attention to the ears and the direction you want your paper pieces to set. I wanted my ears to be long so I made sure my paper strips were adhered length wise.
Working in small sections one piece of paper at a time:
- cover little spots on the bunny with Soft Matte Gel
- add a small piece of paper
- Cover the paper with soft matte gel
Yes I did this with my finger tips, though the foam brush works well. I just get into a zone and forget the foam brush is sitting next to me. But this is exactly why I say this project is messy! Far less messy with the foam brush I imagine...though I guess I wouldn't know.
After the bunny is covered with strips and gel, let dry before you start top embellish. The paper rips and tears easily when wet - so it's better to be safe.
See how easy? Embellishing is left up to your wonderful imagination.
Thanks so much for stopping.
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