Sometimes I keep coming across something until I can’t help it and have to try out whether you can do it yourself! Saw the wooden bowls in batik look at a trade fair in February and then again a few weeks ago in the Anthropology shop in Düsseldorf (of course they were super expensive there). I had such wooden bowls at home the whole time because I always take them with me when I fish them out of a box for two euros at the flea market 🙂. I have now found a solution for the paper and implemented a summer hippie boho project!
This is the brightly colored Ibiza variant, but I’ve tried a lot and made different bowls. The napkin varnish makes them washable and therefore not only suitable for jewelry and odds and ends, the bowl of three is perfect for nibbles (sweet, salty and something healthy as an alibi in the middle 😉).
- white or colored tissue paper
- Rubber gloves (of course I didn’t use them -> my hands were still colored the next day!)
First you fold the paper as small as possible into strips, triangles or whatever you like. I once just crumpled up a bow and dipped it in the paint, it looked good too! (To be honest, I just wanted to soak up paint with the crumpled paper that I threw over, but that’s often how the best things come about).
Then you dilute a dollop of acrylic paint with plenty of water and dip the folded paper at the edges in the paint.
Then you immediately unfold the paper again, once it has dried, nothing works anymore! Unfolding is super tricky because the tissue paper is so thin and easy to tear, but if you do it carefully, it works really well. Let the paper dry well.
This is the “Ethno Bohne” model, I colored the paper with black and brown acrylic paint.
- Wooden bowl (as I said, mine are from the flea market)
- colored paper (for those who don’t feel like coloring, napkins can of course do the same)
- Mod Podge
- paint brush
- white acrylic paint
First you paint the inside of the bowl with white acrylic paint, then later the colors of the paper come out better. After drying, brush the bottom of the bowl with Mod Podge and carefully press the paper onto it. Then you work towards the edge and repeatedly brush Mod Podge on the bowl and press the paper on. In the case of strong curves in the shell, you can also carefully cut into the paper so that it does not wrinkle. If the bowl is pasted, cut off the excess paper at the edge with a pair of scissors or a cutter. Finally, you can brush the bowl again with Mod Podge, which makes the paper layer washable.
I made the bowl in turquoise and pink for my daughter’s hodgepodge of hair ties, chains, and lip gloss. Dyeing the paper was so much fun that I will dye paper again with my children (though thicker). I am curious to see which works of art will be created!
I wish you a great day, all the best!