Hi there, today I have a great sample to show you, this is one of my all time favourites. it was time consuming, but oh so worth it. I collect mismatched china cups,saucers,milk jugs, sugar bowls, plates etc.. I took one of my cups and saucers and covered each with cling film. Then I began to add papier mache. I think in total I added 5 layers, using very thin paper. The drying time between wasn't too bad and I think it took about 3 days to complete and dry out fully. I just kept doing a bit to it between working on other projects. I then removed the papier mache from the real china.
Once fully dry I gave it 2 coats of gesso, this was mainly to smooth out all the joins in the bits of paper. The handle is wire wrapped with paper.
I ended up with this gorgeous crackled cup and saucer.
Now to add colour, I build up this layer slowly with very watery Beach Hut, adding a thin wash, drying it then adding another.
I kept adding thin washes till i was happy with the colour. In some areas i added more paint to make it a little darker, this adds dimension.
Here is the cup and saucer finished.. time to decorate..
I painted tissue paper with Snowflake, then using a credit card I added lines of Orchid. Then I stamped the triangle leaf from EDY14.
I applied the leaves around the cup and saucer with a little matte medium. I then carefully added a little Orchid to the inside of the leaves and also around the rim of both cup and saucer. Once this was done and dry I added 2 coats of satin glaze.
Now I thought it looked cute as is... and thought how sweet it would be as a gift, filled with cookies or chocolates.. and maybe teabags?
So I set about making things to go inside.
A tag seemed like a good idea.. I masked off some of the thistle flowers from EDY13 using cellotape. I added the ink then removed the tape..
On a size 5 tag, I brayered Guacamole, Tinned Peas and Hyde Park, and a little Snowflake. I then stamped the masked off thistles.
I coloured the leaves with Hyde Park mixed with a little matte glaze. then I painted some Autumn Fire onto smoothy and stamped just the thistle heads. These were cut out and glued onto the tag. I also did this with a couple of the leaves, stamping them onto green, cutting out and attaching to the tag. These add ons give a little dimension.
I added a piece of torn corrugate, dry brushed some Snowflake and then some Orchid. On green painted smoothy I stamped the little sentiment, this was just using a tiny £1 alphabet set, the type you can get in The Range.
Next I painted some smoothy with Beach Hut and Inky Pool, I stamped Alfie the Owl from EM14, and cut him out. i added details with Fibralos and a white Posca pen.
I painted some tissue paper with Orchid and added lines with Spanish Mulberry, then flicks of Snowflake. Once dry I made a little packet, just big enough for a tea bag. On lightweight smoothy I stamped the journalling image from EM13. I also stamped the text from EDY13 onto white tissue.
The text on tissue was cut apart and glued onto the journalling image in strips, this was then glued to the tea packet. I replaced the tag on the teabag with one made from smoothy and using the leaf background stamp from EDY12
Lastly I painted some smoothy with Pumpkin Soup. I then shaded with Brown Shed. To make the flags nice and bright I first dropped a little Snowflake into them and then coloured with Inky Pool and Orchid. This was attached to the cup handle with bakers twine.
I love this as an ensemble, all it needs is a cookie wrapped up in deli paper.
Do you have someone who would love one like this, maybe your Mum? grab an old cup and create some papier mache tea sets..
All the stamps used here are available now from PaperArtsy retailers.