Monday, July 27, 2009

Paper Clay Medallions

I spent an evening last week, pressing paper clay balls into intersting textures (shoe bottoms, picture frames, foam stamps, texture plates, etc.) I prefer the BLACK paper clay over the white for the depth of color once painted.

I would LOVE to get permission to walk around Hobby Lobby sometime with an open package (purchased) of paper clay, pulling impressions from all the neat home-dec stuff they stock. Something tells me they would not appreciate that--although, they are artsy people, so they might be okay with it ... I should just ask.

On Sunday, I pulled out the paints and made the white paper clay come alive with Golden Fluid Acrylics. It really is the paint, not my poor painting talents.

What do I plan to do with these?
Decorating a new round of journal covers.

Allie's in Stitches came up with an ingenious way of attaching pebbles to her textile pieces with a pre-strung button in which the button was glued to the pebble. I will try a variation of that.

Although the paper clay is soft enough to sew through, it is not durable. After a while, the thread wears through the paper clay, and breaks it. Glue was stronger and stuck to the journal cover, but the paper clay tore off anyway. There's got to be a more delicate balance. I'm hoping the button approach will be the answer.

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