How to Lacquer With Paper

by Brenda Priddy

Lacquering over paper can achieve different looks. Mixing lacquer with denatured alcohol creates a stiff and somewhat shiny surface similar to that of vellum. If you lacquer paper without any additives, it creates a stiff surface, similar to that of papier mache, which can be used for a variety of craft and art projects. Use either method to achieve the desired result for your project.

Items you will need

  • Plastic wrap or plastic container
  • Paper
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Lacquer
  • Paintbrush
Step 1

Line the work surface with plastic or place the paper in a plastic container.

Step 2

Mix 4 parts denatured alcohol with 1 part lacquer. Allow the mixture to sit for 36 hours. When all of the flakes are dissolved, it is ready to use.

Step 3

Paint the lacquer onto the piece of paper with a paintbrush and allow the mixture to soak into the paper. Wait one hour for the coat to dry, then apply a second coat and allow it to dry.

Step 4

Flip the paper over and repeat the lacquer process for the other side. Allow the paper to dry overnight before using it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to create a surface that becomes stiff and hard, such as when making a paper bowl or cup, use straight lacquer. This will not soak into the paper and creates a hard, inflexible surface. Use three or four coats of lacquer for best results and stability. Allow the lacquer to cure for 24 hours before using the item.


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