In some instances, I prefer to work the Paperclay® into an oval shape, as I did for this leaf mold. It seems to make it easier to push the clay into the mold and get better coverage.
I continued molding flowers, leaves, birds and butterflies, and here is a picture of my desktop filled with Creative Paperclay® goodness. It is so easy and so much fun to play with Paperclay® that I could do this for hours.
I painted each piece of Creative Paperclay® with a mixture of acrylic paints and glazing medium. This helped blend my colors, as well as making the paint more translucent.
The reason I wanted my paint more translucent is so that my second layer of paint would not completely cover up the previous color. It would, instead, go into the crevices and darken the nooks and crannies perfectly. Then, after that dried, I could come back and hit the high spots with a dry brush technique.
With all of my pieces painted and drying, I found a small wooden shadow box I had purchased from the dollar store. I sanded it a bit, then painted the sides of box, inside and out, with my acrylic paint mixture of Basil Green, Light Avocado, and Glazing Medium. When the paint was dry, I sprinkled Moss embossing powder here and there on the sides of the box and heat embossed it. Then I sponged a bit of Peeled Paint distress ink on top of that to bring out the color variations.
I found just the right paper to use for the background, i.e., the Graphic 45 Secret Garden from the 8"x8" paper pad. It fit perfectly inside the box with just a bit of trimming off the top and bottom.
I then adhered printed Secret Garden paper to the inside bottom of box with glue n' seal.
Now that all of my Paperclay® embellishments are ready, I simply arranged them inside the box and glued them using a hot glue gun. Oh my goodness, this was such a fun project. Here are a few closeup photos of the Paperclay® and the dimension I easily achieved with this product.
Creative Paperclay® air dry clay
Silicone Molds (Martha Stewart)
Garden Basket rubber stamp (Impression Obsession)
Secret Garden 8x8 print paper pad (Graphic45)
5-1/2" x 8-1/2" wooden shadow box (Dollar Tree)
Glue n' Seal (Ranger)
Acrylic Paints (Ceramcoat Purple, Tahiti Blue, Spice Tan, Lt Ivory) (Folk Art Spring Rose, Pure Orange, Sunflower, Basil Green, Leaf Green, Glazing Medium)
Peeled Paint Distress ink (Ranger)
Moss embossing powder
Thanks so much for joining me for my first project post for the Creative Paperclay® design team. I hope you have been inspired to try out this fabulous and fun product. There are so many ways to use it, and you will be amazed at how much fun you will have "playing" with this product. So, I encourage you to visit the Creative Paperclay® blog often, because the other designers have so many wonderful creations to share with you.
Have a wonderful week, and happy crafting!