Hello, my name is Liat Binyamini Ariel, and I am apaper mache artist.
Today, I am going to show you how to make a decoratedpaper mache pomegranate as a holiday gift.
And now, we will look at the items we need to makeour pomegranate.
First of all, we need old newspapers.
Next, masking tape, a roll of toilet paper, either an artist's spatula, or a butter knife,or plastic or metal sculpting tools.
Scissors, a wide paint brush, thin paint brushes,disposable plastic plates, several plastic bags to assist us in the process,2 cups of pre-made paper mache, a water-filled jar, white indoor wall painting acrylic primer,which will be the base coat of the pomegranate, and acrylic paint in various colors,whichever colors you choose.
We take the newspapers and begin to crumple theminto a round shape to form the pomegranate.
We have enough newspapers to make the pomegranate.
Now we take masking tape and wrap them around tocreate the final shape, which will be a ball shape.
Because I prefer large and plump pomegranates,I decided to add more newspapers to enlarge the ball I created.
This is the main body of the pomegranate,now we move onto the next stage, making the crown.
For this stage, we’ll use a toilet paper roll, scissors, and masking tape.
We halve the toilet paper roll first vertically, and then horizontally.
I take the remaining half and roll it, so that it fits around my little finger, not too thick.
I wrap masking tape around it to stabilize its shape.
Now, I take the scissors and cut long and narrow triangles all around,you want at least five triangles.
If you want, you can mark the triangles with a pencil.
We remove the excess cardboard, and bend the petals that were created outwards.
With small pieces of masking tape, I bind the layers of cardboard.
Now all of the petals are stable, and we cut straight lines all aroundso that we can connect the crown to the main body, and complete our pomegranate.
I bend the carton, take the main body,and connect the crown with small pieces of masking tape.
The pomegranate is now ready to be coated.
In this stage, we take our pre-made paper mache,made usually with plastic glue, egg cartons, and shredded paper.
You can use any paper mache type that you like.
We use a piece of plastic to hold the pomegranatewithout the paper mache sticking to our hand.
We start with the crown, fill up the inside of the crown,and move on to the petals.
Now I take my favorite metal sculpting tool and smooth out the petals,so that they look beautiful and smooth.
Now, we smooth out the base, and move on to the main body.
We simply spread the paper mache and pack it on the newspapers.
Paper mache adheres well to newspaper,foam, wood, and masking tape.
The paper mache does not need to be more thanhalf a centimeter thick.
We try to lay the paper mache as smoothly as possible so that itwill need the least amount of sanding afterwards.
If the pomegranate is still rough after drying,we can further smooth it by using sandpaper.
Now, so that we don’t ruin the paper mache that we already spread,we use the piece of plastic to hold the pomegranate.
The piece of plastic helps guard the paper mache wealready spread not to fall apart or stick to our hand.
After we finished coating the pomegranate,we use a wide artist's spatula to smooth out the paper mache all around.
The smoother the pomegranate is,the easier painting it and writing on it will be.
If no spatula is available, we can use an ordinary butter knifeor even a disposable plastic butter knife.
Now, after we smoothed out the pomegranate to our liking,we leave it to dry in the sun for about three days.
We lay it down gently on a plastic plate.
After two days turn it over so that the bottom can dry.
After three or four days, the pomegranate is dry and ready to be primed.
We use a disposable plastic plate,and start priming from the bottom of the pomegranate.
I am using an indoor wall painting acrylic paint,making sure to coat the entire pomegranate evenly.
I start at the bottom, and work my way up to the crown.
I make sure to prime every corner, inside the crown, under the petals,for an even coat.
After priming, we turn the pomegranate sideways on the plastic plate and let it dry.
Here is our pomegranate after the primer dried, all white and ready to decorate.
We now use a wide paintbrush, thin paintbrushes, water, and various acrylic colors.
I chose a light blue as the background for the pomegranate, it’s a happy color and it also providesa great backdrop for all of the decoration colors.
Again, we begin painting from the bottom, and coat the entire pomegranate.
We can try to paint the pomegranate evenly, I personally prefer the colors to vary, so that the pomegranatelooks handmade and not machine-made.
The pomegranate is now dry, and we can decorate it and write on it.
Use whatever decoration pattern or writing you like,so that it brings joy to you or to whoever receives this pomegranate.
And now, we will write a greeting on the pomegranate.
A greeting for the new year, for a new beginning.
After decorating, you can coat the pomegranate witha water-based varnish, but that is optional.
These are the decorations that I chose, and the greetings I chose,you can choose any greetings you want, in any language, color, or method.
The pomegranate is a symbol in Jewish culture ofall of the good deeds that the Jewish people should be doing.
By creating this pomegranate we already do three good deeds.
The first one is recycling.
The second one is creating art.
The third one is to send greetings to each otherwith best wishes for the new year.