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