Thursday, October 20, 2011
Earlier this week Holly did some Nature Imprints from items she has been collecting all fall. Using airy drying clay from Crayola was wonderful, required no baking and is pretty clean to work with. I am excited to have found this clay and have so many ideas to try now... I cannot wait! Anyhow, this was a rather easy project but takes time as the clay does have to dry before you can paint them.
To start she made several small balls and then pressed them flat with the lid of the clay, making sure not to make them too thin. Then she chose various items and pressed them into the clay attempting to get the best detail she could. Be warned that more delicate objects like a helicopter (maple seeds) and fresh leaves will most likely tear when removing them from the clay. After she was finished she set them out to day. Two days later she painted them in natural colors from her iridescent watercolors. They are absolutely lovely additions to her Nature Display! This could make for a really fun themed nature project such as a leaf study or pine cone study where a child makes a collection from those items. The possibilities are endless!