The Best Way to Paint Paper Mache Letters and Numbers


A step-by-step guide on how to paint paper mache letters and numbers for a variety of projects.

What You'll Need:

– Paper mache letters or numbers – Acrylic Gesso – Acrylic paint in your desired colors – Foam paintbrushes – Gel Medium to Seal (optional) – A tray or plate to mix custom color – Parchment or wax paper to protect the surface from wet paint – A sponge or wet paper towel

1. Cover your work surface with parchment paper or wax paper to protect it from paint splatters. These won't stick to the papier mache while it dries.

2. Pour a small amount of gesso onto a tray or plate. 3. Use a foam brush to lightly coat the letter or number with gesso. Let it dry for about an hour.

4, 1. Pour a small amount of paint onto a tray or plate. 5. Apply the paint, allowing it to dry between coats. You'll probably need two coats.

6. Once the paint is dry, you can add any additional details, such as glitter, patterned paper, or decoupage. You can also add a top coat of gel medium in a matte, satin, or glossy finish.

Variations: - Use sandpaper to lightly distress the paint for a rustic look. - Use paint pens to add detailing.

Use the numbers to decorate for a graduation party, milestone birthday, or anniversary party. Or use letters to spell out someone's name.

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