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Paper clay collages

I shared a collage last week called Delicious Autumn. One of the major materials used in this piece, and in several others like it, is paper clay. Here are the steps I follow to make these:

1. Roll the paper clay out thin on parchment paper.

2. Cover the clay with a fringed piece of muslin and soak it with a mixure of half PPA glue/half water.

3. Flip it over and add shredded cheesecloth. Soak again with the glue mixture, this time from the front.

4. Place it in the oven on parchment paper, and dry it at 200 degrees for a couple of hours.

5. Paint around the edges of a masonite board.

6. Paint the fiber and clay piece.

7. Dry it in the oven again. It will not take as long this time.

8. Flatten the fiber and clay piece under a heavy book.

9. Attach it to the masonite board with PPA glue.

10. Flatten again as needed.

11. Add images and other flat embellishments.

12. Add beads and any dimensional embellishments.

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Heather said…
I can't wait to try this technique. Love your collages. I have used paper clay for hands on dolls. It is so light it is wonderful. You inspired me- thank you.
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Heather! I've been thinking lately about all the wonderful uses for this lightweight clay too.