1 picture frame (we used a white shadow box frame 12" x 12")
1 matte board cut to fit inside frame with a 4" square opening for artwork
2 pieces of your choice of decorative papers and colors (we used mauve and lavender-blue) cut to approx. 2 1/2" square and 3" square
1 piece white decorative paper to fit behind artwork (cut to approx. 4 1/2” square)
Clear acrylic varnish
Acrylic paints: warm beige, light brown, lavender-blue (to match paper), medium blue, purple
1. Let casting dry completely. Then varnish the casting to seal it before painting (so wet paint won't make design disappear). Let dry. Optional: Apply a 2nd coat of varnish for more permanence. Variation: Varnish only the rocking horse design and leave the background unvarnished.
2. Apply warm beige paint to horse’s body and center of rocker, and let dry. Then apply other colors, one color at a time, letting paint dry between coats so paints won't run together. Use light brown for the tail highlights and mane. Use medium blue for bridle and saddle straps and edging. Use purple for saddle center and dots. Use lavender-blue for outside of rocker.
3. Optional: Apply another coat of varnish to protect painted casting.
4. Fit 2 pieces of lavender paper, one over the other, leaving a nice border. Glue 2 pieces together and let dry. Then glue them to the center of the 4 1/2"-square piece of white decorative paper.
5. Place completed artwork behind cut matte board opening and glue into place, making sure artwork is centered in the opening. Let dry.
6. Mount matte board in frame.
NOTE: The papercast rocking horses shown above and below have different color schemes.
Our project instructions are based on the color scheme of the casting shown above.
Painted castings shown above and below were taken from a greeting card designed and created by Alex Haug.
Frame projects shown below designed and created by Maggie Montgomery.
Photograph by David Montgomery