Chipboard letters and shapes are increasingly popular embellishments for scrapbook covers and pages, jewellery boxes and other craft projects. Chipboard is a pressed paper product, generally made from recycled materials. You can purchase pre-cut shapes or sheets at craft stores or you may use the backs of writing pads for thinner shapes.
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Things you need
- Chipboard shapes
- Gesso primer
- Sponge brush
- Acrylic paint
- Acrylic varnish
Sand the edges of the shapes and brush away the dust. This will prevent the paint from making the rough edges unattractive.
Apply a coat of gesso to all of the chipboard surfaces. Allow it to dry thoroughly.
Paint the shapes with a thin coat of acrylic paint. It may be necessary to apply a second coat to cover the primer completely. Allow the paint to dry completely between coats.
Apply a thin coat of varnish to seal and protect the paint.
Tips and warnings
- If you are unable to find gesso at a craft or home improvement store, apply a coat of acrylic varnish and then a coat of white acrylic paint to seal and prime the surfaces.
- Add glitter or ink to the painted shapes before varnishing. Add dimensional embellishments like buttons after the varnish has dried.
- Multiple thin coats work better than single thick coats of paint or varnish, as a thicker coat may bubble from trapped air.
- Skipping the initial priming step will result in a duller paint colour. You will also need many more coats to cover the piece, as it will absorb the paint.
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