I had a question last week regarding the waxing of the paper mache boxes. I follow the steps from a box that Blackbird Designs did in 2006 called Secret Garden (it was a Loose Feathers). I take a paper mache box and paint it with two coats of a base acrylic paint then give it a third (and maybe fourth) coat of the top color. After it's all dry I buff off enough of the top color so the base color shows through. It also gives it a nice smooth finish. The I wax it all with brown shoe wax and buff it until is shines. I use Kiwi Wax. You can see in the photo below, it totally enhances the final look of the box.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Done with time to spare!
All finished with plenty of time to spare! I'm super happy with how they turned out. Two boxes have a green base coat and two have a red base. All four have different trims and all the linens are different. I lined all of them with a hand made marbled paper in green. I also went to a glass artist and made a glass ornament to put in each box. :-) I'm confident that my family will love it. I'm sad however, two of my siblings are saying they are done with our tradition. We've done this for over 20 years and it's been a lot of fun. We decided we would take a vote on Wednesday but I'm pretty sure I'll loose but we did agree to circle back in a year and take another vote