Sunday, February 6, 2011

How to make a relief frame using cardboard paper

how to make a relief frame
It really looks like a wooden or clay antique! It's beauty is in it's imperfections! It's a 3D frame, that could also become a mirror. Below are the instructions on how to fix this with cheap material like glue, water and newspapers. The results are stunning!

Materials :
  • compressed paper or even better cardboard paper from boxes
  • newspapers
  • double-sided tape
  • liquid paper glue
  • plaster
  • 2 flat hard brushes
  • a round pointy brush
  • acrylic paint in a brownish clay color
  • gold acrylic varnish
  • cutter
  • sandpaper
Copy the shapes FROM THE TEMPLATE for every one of the 3 layers of the frame and transfer them to the cardboard paper. With the cutter cut out the shapes.

Place the pieces one on top of the other as shown above to form layers. Paste them using the double-sided tape.


Cut strips of newspaper, wet them and let them dry a bit. Place the strips on top of the cardboard  in 1 or 2 layers and brush the liquid paper glue on top using the flat brush.


Let dry for 1 or 2 days and then lay a coat of plaster on top with the flat brush. After it has dried rub with the sandpaper to make the surface smoother.


Dissolve the brown acrylic paint in water and using the second flat brush paint the frame, forming brush streaks. When it has completely dried, decorate with different kinds of shapes and art using the gold varnish and round pointy brush. Another alternative  is to cover it with gold leaf for a more lustrious appearance.

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