While he is used to hold paper receipts he can also hold candy to pass out, small toys, tickets, names for a drawing o even used as a wicked cool trash can by your desk.
Step 1: Materials Needed
Small trash can
Large bouncy ball
spray foam insulation (Great stuff)ylic
hot glue & hot glue gun
blue disposable shop towels
Step 2: The basic shape
Now, you could use a gallon bucket, balloons or other material, but I was in a time crunch so as I walked along the aisles of wal-mart these items caught my eye an I thought, AH HA!
Step 3: Weight
I placed them on the bottom of the trash can then used an entire can of the spray insulation inside the can and set the ball on top and went away for the weekend.
The idea was to have the islation fom around the marrbles and up to the ball and create a vacuum effect for the ball as well as not allowing the marbles to move around.
Step 4: Details
Using more spray foam insulation I put details on the gnome like his beard and hair, I filled the hat to make it sturdy, and created a foot.
I did put it in a box to add these parts because I knew foam would drop and spray foam insulation is super sticky and it is a pain to clean up!
I took a cardboard box and cut it to look like a paper sack and glued it to the outside of the trash can so it appeared that the sack was sitting down by the gnome. (you will see this pictured on the next step)
I also took tinfoil to make the nose shape and taped it on the ball.
Step 5: Paper Mache
Take the blue shop paper towels and rip them into sheets. Wet the sheets in a bowl and ring them out. This helps break down the binder in the towel. Mix equal amounts of plaster with white glue then add a splash of vinegar. The vinegar keeps the plaster from getting to hard to fast.
I like doing things by cup so:
1 Cup White School Glue
1 Cup Plaster of Paris
1 Teaspoon of Vinegar
Once your mixture is nice and smooth, dip the damp paper towel into the mixture and place over your form. Use your fingers to smooth the towel evenly over the form and get you details in. If you create a wrinkle, and you don't want it there, now is the time to remove it or you are stuck with it.
You CAN tear the towel into strips and dip, but the nice part about this paper towel is it's durable and soft, I would keep it pretty big chunks.
This is when you can add details as well, use small bits of paper to create bumps and so on, then sandwich them in another layer of paper towel.
Two layers is plenty to get a nice sturdy mache.
Step 6: Paint It!
Step 7: Attention to details
Step 8: PoofRabbit's Tips and Tricks!
Draw it out! It's always helpful to draw out your idea so you have a good solid design.
Plaster gets hot. When plaster gets wet it starts a happy chemical reaction, that reaction creates heat. You can burn yourself with plaster. The vinegar helps with this, but just be mindful so you are not bathing in plaster.
Paint is your friend! If you made an error it's amazing what you can hide with paint!
Possibilities: This gnome has a lot of possibilities for use, if you ever make something remember that one day it may need a new function and there is no reason you can't change it or add to it to fit your needs.
ENJOY! No matter what, always enjoy what you do. I don't feel there is a right or wrong way to art as long as you are enjoying yourself and learning!