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Paper Craft for All Occasions - Abstract Art Bears

These colorful bears are definintely one of a kind. The papers used for them were handpainted deli papers which make them you own unique style.



Abstract Art Paper Mache Bears


To decorate the bears you will need:

- paper mache bear figures
Paper Mache Bears

- white paint to base coat the bear
- decoupage glue and a flat paint brush
- hand painted deli papers you create (see image below)

Hand Painted Art Papers
A used plastic store card or gift card was first used to apply different colors of paint to several deli papers. Once these were dry, the papers were stencilled with several different techniques (let the pages dry in between coats) and the pages were also sprinkled with paint. Each new layer made the page more interesting. Here is a video so you can see how the most talented “Cat Hand” created her deli papers to give you inspiration to making your own.

Instructions for the bears:

1. First base coat your bear with white paint and let it dry. It does not matter if some small spots are missed. The paint is to lighten the bears up so the paper will look more brilliant when applied.

Tear Paper into Pieces
2. Then tear the pre-painted deli papers into small pieces.

Gluing Paper Onto the Bear
3. Use the decoupage glue to adhere the papers onto the bears. Brush the glue onto the bear and place the paper smoothly on the wet glue. Then brush glue over the paper to seal it. The decoupage glue may look milky at the beginning but will usually dry clear.

4. Continue until the bear is completely covered. If you hit spots that are tight, such as corners or around small areas, you can cut a couple of slits into the paper so it will lay more flat and not buckle up.




Colorful Abstract Art Bear
Once the decoupage glue dries, the brilliance of the papers really show through.

Paper Mache Abstract Art Bear
This project is a great way to use up painted deli paper scraps, too.




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