- Similar to the newsprint in Part 2, I used a light weight white paper to wrap the bucket once more, avoiding rubber cement to avoid staining in the long-term.
- Since my paper wasn’t large enough to wrap the bucket with a single sheet, I made sure the seams from combining two sheets together were nicely folded and securely glued.
- After the bucket was wrapped, I began to mark where the stripes would go. Measuring tape is much handier than a ruler for this, fyi.
- Using masking tape, I taped off the white stripe areas to help ensure a straight edge. Then I painted the white stripes using gesso. I avoided using a wet brush to avoid over-saturating the paper that the bucket had been wrapped in.
- Next, I taped off 1/2” band of white along the bottom of the bucket and used the gesso to paint it as well.
- After the paint was dry, I used a blunt pair of scissors, such as school scissors, to gently “sand down” the edges of the painted stripes for a smoother look.
- More masking tape was applied to help ensure straight edges for the red stripes. They were then painted with a red acrylic. At least two coats for each stripe was needed.
- Finally, I touched up some of the edges with some more gesso and/or red as needed.
The next part will include finishing construction of the bucket itself before moving on to the fried chicken.
Part 1 / Part 2
- Using a sheet of newsprint, I began to wrap the bucket to help smooth out some of the seams like the filled in handles. I glued the paper down with rubber cement with the help of some masking tape.
- I trimmed a bit off the bottom and began to smooth it against the lip, as though wrapping an oddly shaped gift. I used more rubber cement and masking tape to hold down the paper on the bottom of the bucket. I also had to trim the bottom a second time or I’d have ended up with something of a lumpy bulk of paper folded in on itself.
- For the top of the bucket, I used a similar treatment. I cut away excess paper and began to fold/wrap the paper over the edge of the top, into the interior of the bucket. More rubber cement and masking tape holds it down.
- Voila! A smoother bucket already.
The next set should be prepping the bucket for painting as well as the painting process.
So this is happening and I thought I’d document my process in case others want to try it for themselves.
- Gather references. All images are screencaps from the Expiration Date video save for the illustration by coeykuhn (but it’s a pretty accurate illustration so I’ve included it in my refs in case I need some clarity)
- Find a bucket base. I found this one in Target’s dollar section that they usually have up front. It was $3 so definitely affordable! It’s a decent size to fit in the crook of my arm and has acceptable fried chicken bucket proportions though I’d venture to say it’s not quite tall enough to truly match the one in the video.
- The first alteration I made, since this was an otherwise flat-bottom bucket, was to add a sort of “lip” to the bottom by hot gluing a 1/4” strip of illustration board along the circumference.
- Next, I traced and glued in scraps of illustration board to fill in the handles.
It’s not a lot for now, but I’ll continue posting progress as I go, including the chicken (cuz who wants to carry real fried chicken all day at a con?). And if I’ve got time, I’ll consider making the cup as well.
I’m not used to clean line art O_O”’