Pressed Clay Wall Art Project

Our youngest child will be turning five next month and we noticed that her bedroom still had babyish decorations on the walls.  She’s growing up so quickly (you know… four going on fourteen!) that it was finally time to make some new wall art for her room.

Although I didn’t want Robyn’s room to be babyish, I also didn’t want to get rid of this gorgeous photo of her as a baby.  (Photo by Urbanalli Photography, 2010.)   Instead, I used it as the inspiration for a new wall art project.

Pressed Clay Wall Art Project - Birdwing Paper Designs

This project was going to consist of two things: the photo and  some accompanying word art.  The latter was an experiment with a new product for me – Simply Pressed Clay from Stampin’ Up.  The process I used to create words with the clay is detailed below along with a few tips and tricks.

The plan was to use the pressed clay with the silicone alphabet mold to make all the letters for the word art.  The directions that came with the clay were pretty simple: knead the clay, press into mold, and pop the letter or shape out.  I gave it a try, and, of course, it wasn’t that simple!  The clay was really soft and once it was in the mold, there was no popping it out!  It just remained stuck in there!

Pressed Clay Wall Art Project - Birdwing Paper Designs

After watching a few You Tube videos on tricks for working with the pressed clay, I gave it another try.  This time I used some powder (from the Embossing Buddy) in the mold and then put it all in the freezer for 10 minutes.  Once the clay was a bit frozen, it popped out no problem.  Phew!!

Pressed Clay Wall Art Project - Birdwing Paper Designs

The first step to creating the clay word art was to figure out how much clay I needed for each word.  I was using the phrase “Good morning beautiful” and wanted each word a different colour.  Since I didn’t want to colour too much or too little clay, I estimated how much I would need first.

Pressed Clay Wall Art Project - Birdwing Paper Designs

Once I had the right amount of clay, it was coloured with a few drops of water-based dye ink and then kneaded until it was a solid colour.  (Another tip I saw on You Tube was to knead the clay and ink in a little baggie first so you don’t get the colour all over your fingers!)

Pressed Clay Wall Art Project - Birdwing Paper Designs

Now the soft clay was ready to be pressed into the mold.

  1. Dab the embossing buddy on the letters so the clay doesn’t stick too much.
  2. Form the clay into a little rope so it fits in the mold nicely.
  3. Press the clay into mold with fingers. (Note: It was easier to add little bits of clay than it was to try to take it out of the mold if there is too much.)
  4. Use a small clear block to flatten out the clay.

Pressed Clay Wall Art Project - Birdwing Paper Designs

Next, place the mold into the freezer for about 10 minutes then quickly pop out the letters before they warm up or else it is a sticky mess.  Let the letters dry out on a piece of wax paper.  If you mess up taking them out or your kid walks by and just has to touch them (after being warned about NOT touching!), just press the clay back into the mold and freeze it again.

Pressed Clay Wall Art Project - Birdwing Paper Designs

Finally all the letters were done and left to dry overnight.

Pressed Clay Wall Art Project - Birdwing Paper Designs

Some of the powder stuck to the darker letters, but it came right off with light rubbing (after the clay is dry) with a slightly damp cloth.

Here is the final project with the clay words, that cute photo, and a wood frame painted white:

Pressed Clay Wall Art Project - Birdwing Paper Designs

I didn’t want the letters to be permanently adhered to the frame, so I just used some glue dots. So far none have fallen off, but if they do I may have to use something stronger.  The photo was a bit heavier (printed on a foam core board) so sticky strip was used to hold that on.

Pressed Clay Wall Art Project - Birdwing Paper Designs

What a pair of cuties!!

“I hope you like your new wall art, Robyn! Let’s go find a spot in your room to hang it!”

Leah

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