Hello, Ann here today from the Arnold Grummer Design Team and Annmakes. I have been enjoying making paper castings lately with some new moulds that I received. Paper casting can be done in several ways. Today I am showing you some examples of using moulds and Cotton Linters.
Cotton Linters are a wonderful fiber to create with as the end product results in a very white and delicate finish. However, the Cotton Linter fibres create a very strong natural bond while the fineness of the fibres takes on any details in the moulds almost perfectly. Of course the moulds can also be used with a regular paper pulp or clay.
To make the pulp all you need are a few squares of Cotton linter, some water and a blender. Mix it all up and pour through a sieve reserving the cotton pulp and draining the excess water. Then pressing the cotton into the mould of choice, packing it firmly, and letting it dry. It is also possible to speed up the drying process in a low temperature oven set for baking.
Once the pulp has dried (over night in my house in this case) the shape can easily come out of the mould with a flick of a fingernail or pin. The shape should be completely smooth and show off great detail. The piece is then ready to be used as is or altered with any colour and medium.
I made a bunch of these to save and use as embellishments in future pieces of mixed media art.
Thank you for stopping by, please visit my blog and YouTube channel to see the other projects I am working on. Remember that you can purchase any of these wonderful products through the Arnold Grummer store.
Arnold grummer's Cotton Linter Squares
Arnold Grummer's Casting Molds (various)
Twinkling H2o water colour Paint "Nutmeg"
Prismacolor coloring pencil blue
Gel Mat Medium (Omer DeSerres)