Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tori's Tip - Mixing Clays for Marble Effects

Here on the Design Team we usually show a project using either Creative Paperclay®, or Delight™ air dry modeling compound, but did you know you can mix them together?  You can use varying amounts to take advantage of the different properties of each clay (for example, mixing some Delight compound into the clay to make is somewhat lighter)  Or, you can create some great marble looks by mixing them just a little bit -

Roll out some of each type of clay and lay them side by side as shown, vary the thickness and placement.

Squish them together and then flatten the clay.  Fold over and repeat as desired until you get the marbleing you want.  To maintain the marble effect, avoid kneading the clay, just bend or twist slightly, then flatten.

Now the extra fun comes in when a layer of watercolor or acrylic wash is added - because of the different absorption properties of each type of clay, adding color really shows off the effect.

This is the clay piece shown above after a medium green wash has been added

This piece was folded and mixed more than the other one, and a tan/green wash added

Thanks for joining me here again!  As always, play, experiment, and have fun!

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1 comment:

Sandee Setliff said...

Fascinating, I must give this a try!