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#1 2013-04-22 18:22:35

Alcidas
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hello

hi

have joined this forum because i am building a papier mache adobe house and am looking for tips etc.

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#2 2013-04-22 19:23:31

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Re: hello

Specifically, what do you want to know?

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#3 2013-04-22 20:18:20

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Re: hello

No problem, presuming this is modelling work.  Papier mâché is the ideal material for this and the picture on your blog shows that you have made a very good start.  Just browse through the topics in the forum to find bits that are relevant.  Then come back to this thread to ask specific questions.


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#4 2013-04-23 00:14:46

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Re: hello

Thanks!

I am planning to use acrylic paints for my house. However, I have read on the web that I should first seal it with emulsion paint to keep it from absorbing moisture.

So, if I paint on a layer of emulsion paint first, can I still paint on acrylics over that layer, or will I have to stick to emulsions only?

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#5 2013-04-23 00:20:22

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Re: hello

Oh and yes this is modelling work. I am building this at 1:56 scale for use with 28mm scale fantasy miniatures.

Here is a previous attempt, but this was not papier-mache, just made out of cardboard, matchsticks and twigs

The Love Shack

I wanted to try papier-mache for this new one because it is a mud-brick dwelling in the ancient Near East, so I wanted a slightly irregular shape and build for it, like a mud-brick dwelling that has been built in a rough-and-ready manner

Last edited by Alcidas (2013-04-23 00:24:25)

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#6 2013-04-23 01:04:00

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Re: hello

Most emulsion paints are acrylic-based, so there is no problem using acrylic paints on them.

Tip:  if the main color of your project is mainly light or dark, use a light or dark emulsion paint (if you have it available) as the base.  Then you don't have to apply so many coats of acrylic to get the effect you want.

And welcome to the boards!

Sue

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#7 2013-04-23 07:13:12

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Re: hello

For texturing, try making a small amount of pulp from toilet paper and paste, keeping it no moister than necessary for manipulation.  A little bit of ground chalk mixed in will help with smoothness.


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#8 2013-04-23 23:18:17

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Re: hello

Much obliged for the info and suggestions!!

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#9 2013-04-24 06:58:31

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Re: hello

A fine sand either mixed in with the final paint, or sprinkled on top should make a "life-like" finish texture.  But try first on a scrap of paper to make sure.

Sue

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