Russian paper mache boxes are made by pressing layers of paper with resins under great pressure. The base is painted with black tempera. The artist hand paints the brightly-colored motif without use of a stencil. Some of the miniature detail is so fine that a single squirrel hair is used as a paint brush. The artist’s signature is added to the box, followed by several coats of lacquer.
Age Range: 7 to 12
Grade Range: 1 to 6
Skill Level: Moderate
Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days
Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Time Needed for Project:
2 hours plus drying time
- 3” paper mache box
- Elmer’s ® Glue-All™
- Black and white acrylic paint
- Elmer’s® Painters® green paint marker
- Elmer’s® 3D™ Washable Paint Pens – glitter colors
- Transfer paper and tape
- Paint brushes
- Pencil, pen or stylus
- Base paint the top of the box lid white. Paint the bottom of the box black. Paint the sides of the box lid black. Let dry.
- Cut out 3” square pattern and a 3” square transfer paper. Place the transfer paper on box lid. Place pattern over top. Tape on box lid. Trace horse pattern and circle placement with pencil, pen or stylus. Remove pattern and transfer paper.
- Paint horse white. Paint circles and saddle red and yellow. Paint around horse and circles black. Let dry.
- Draw the greenery on box lid using a green Painter’s pen.
- Paint box and lid with glue. Allow to dry.
- Using glitter paint, add flower petal dots around each flower circle. Add gold dots around box edge. Add dots along horse’s mane. Add some glitter dots on box lid. Use a toothpick to pull dots into a starburst. Let dry.
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