Collage

HOMEMADE WATERPROOF GLUE

A while back I made some glue, which was great. However it was more along the lines of a great collage paste more than what I would want out of an all purpose glue. I found another recipe in the book, Green Guide For Artists by Karen Michel for glue that I thought I would give a go.

Ingredients:

  • 5 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (If you use the packages of Knox Gelatin, this is 2 packets.)
  • 6 Tablespoons of boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons on vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of glycerin
  • a few drops of essential oil to prevent bacteria and mold. I used clove.

Begin by measuring out all your ingredients. Once you get this glue going you will want everything to go. You will also want a jar to put your homemade glue in ready to go. A small mason jar or spice jar is adequate. 

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Measured and ready to go!

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Bring water to boil.

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Add the gelatin. This is also a good time to bring the heat down a bit. Keep stirring until it looks nice and clear. Once that has happened add the vinegar and the glycerin. Take off from the heat and stir together and then add the essential oil. I used clove, but lavender, peppermint, tea tree and rosemary are also great options.

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I then poured the glue into an old spiced jar. You can use this as is once it is warm, or let it cool off and store it. When you are ready to use it, warm it slightly until it is a liquid again. I made mine the day before I tested it.

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Then I wanted to see how it would respond glueing paper together and also on top of pen, and the paper. 

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I used a brush and wiped it over. It did a beautiful job!

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Then I wanted to test it over watercolor and gouache for future collaging, or even as a varnish. I am happy to report it spread evenly, dried matte and smells way better than other glues! I will be putting this glue in the rotation and see how it stands the test of time!

MAKING PAPER EGGS

Eggs lend themselves to be decorated nicely. They are naturally ornamental. Every year we usually make some eggs that can be used as decoration for years to come. When we pull them out every year it's easy to see which ones stand the test of time, and make the cut to be used for decoration.

Want to make some paper maché eggs?

Here is what you need:

  • balloon (for an eco-friendly egg, blow a real egg empty and use that)
  • flour and water
  • paper towels or tissue paper or newsprint
  • tins or bowls to hold materials while working
  • decorative paper
  • homemade glue
  • paintbrush
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I use three tins. One for the flour and water mixture. One for the strips of paper. One to keep the egg from rolling around while working. Mix your flour and water until it's more liquid than paste.

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  • Step one: Dip paper into water and flour
  • Step two: Place onto balloon trying to make it as smooth as possible
  • Step three: Repeat overlapping the paper strips until covered
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Don't cover the balloon nipple, or whatever the correct term is for that. You will see why as you read on. Once covered make sure you have overlapped enough of the balloon that there will be no weak spots when it is dry. I placed ours on some wax paper while they are damp and sticky.

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Put aside. Ideally not touching another one (like shown) to dry. It should take 24 hours give or take. On this batch we did some with paper towels and some with tissue paper. The tissue paper was more flimsy and harder to work with, but it did dry faster!

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Once it's dry push the balloon bit back inside. You can do this with a back of a paintbrush, or a pencil.

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Now you can use remainder paper to cover the hole. I used the homemade glue from this previous post. Using it with a brush makes it nice and smooth.

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Then rip up your sheets of paper that you would like to use to collage on your egg. We used some leftover origami paper. Then you add another layer of paper with the homemade glue to your egg. This glue has a nice matte finish to it.

My younger associates lost a little steam with this part of the project, so they opted for more white space.

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Then place aside in a bowl, give to a friend, or let the Easter Bunny have fun with them!