Materials and tools used:
- Liquid Sculpey® Primary Colors Set and White
- Sculpey Premo™ or Soufflé™ (White/Igloo or light color)
- Sculpey Tools™ Etch ‘n Pearl
- Sculpey Tools™ Mold or similar mold to create the embossed pattern (NOTE: A stamp can also be used)
- A needle tool if your design includes intricate lines and spaces
- Empty paint pots
First, bake the clay base with your embossed pattern. This ensures that the clay is hardened and makes painting on it easier.
While the clay is baking, mix your own set of colors with the primary colors available in the Liquid Clay set, using the Etch ‘n Pearl tool. For this design, I’ve mixed blue with varying amounts of white to produce different shades of blue. Any color can be produced with just the primary colors provided in the Liquid Sculpey set.
Wait for the clay base to cool down after baking. This ensures that the liquid clay does not harden while you are painting your piece. If you are baking on a tile, do not separate the clay piece from the tile yet; it is easier to paint on a base that stays stationary. If you are baking on anything else and you have a loose clay piece, you may use blue-tack or double sided tape to secure it. Use the Etch ‘n Pearl tool to pick up the colors you’ve chosen and place them on the raised portions of your embossed clay. To ‘paint’ your piece, move the tool in tiny circles while coloring in the area. The liquid clay self levels and produces an even surface. Surface tension keeps the liquid clay on the raised areas that have been painted.
For intricate details or sharp corners, you may use a needle tool
Pop it into the oven for a final bake and you’re done!
This is a fun technique that can be manipulated in many different ways. You can even create a stained glass effect by using clear liquid clay with a tinge of color to increase the color’s transparency. The possibilities are endless!
Gail Tan – anna&bull