Newsprint decoration

Unusual and eye-catching finishes can be given to a range of objects by using newspaper to decorate them.

First, make sure that the surface to be decorated is smooth and clean; if necessary, size it with a thinned-down coat of heavy-duty wallpaper paste. Cut out the newspaper as whole sheets or as arbitrary shapes. Depending on the finish required, the paper can be torn to leave ragged edges or cut cleanly with sharp scissors. Coat the newspaper thoroughly with paste and stick it down, overlapping the edges as desired. Then varnish it, making sure to use acrylic glaze; wood varnish makes newsprint transparent.

To enhance the effect, note that attachments, such as the castors on a chest, look especially attractive if they are painted in a colour picked out from the covering.

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