Following on from my last effort on the wagon sheet, Bob Alderman posted a comment on how he does tarpaulin sheets on the Guild forum, which was a commercial paper sheet suitably scrunched up and then wet with dilute PVA until it lays over and takes the shape of the object that it covers.
So I had a play.
I started with this:
Placed on the lid of a takeaway tray on a couple of cocktail sticks to stop it sticking to the lid I covered it in cling film and then draped a man sized tissue over it which had the patterned edge trimmed off.
Then I dripped dilute PVA over it all until the tissue was soak and draped over the load.
I left it a couple of days to dry and then sprayed it with grey paint so that I could see what I was looking at.
It holds it’s shape nicely but like many items we model could be crushed with mishandling.