If you are fairly new to polymer clay, you may not have tried combining it with acrylic paint. Oil paints are not a good mix with the clay so acrylic paint is recommended, whether you are completely painting a baked white clay piece or just antiquing you clay.

 

In the samples above I have used paint in two different ways. The first necklace and ring jewelry set was created with alternating strips of Skinner blended colors pressed side by side then secured into the large Premo! Sculpey Silver Square pendant and Square Ring bezel. A rubber stamp was pressed in, dots were added with a ball stylus tool and then the pieces were baked and cooled. This step is important when accenting clean indented impressions. Apply a coat of glaze and allow it to dry. Then, paint over the clay surface and into the indentations with (black) paint and wipe away the paint from the surface with a slightly damp paper towel or cloth. If you skip the glaze in-between, the background colors will have a black tinge to them.


Applying Paint to Raised Clay Projects

On this brooch vase, I first made a mold of my leaves rubber stamp by pressing hte stamp into a well powdered mold, lifting the stamp and baked and cooled the mold. I then cleaned the mold well, spritzed it with water and pressed raw clay into it to create a positive, raised design on the clay. I baked the vase (and the formed leaves in it separately) and once cooled I applied dark brown paint over the surface and on the background areas. I quickly wiped the paint from just the raised leaves on the vase, leaving paint on the background area. This tinted the entire vase and accented the design. This would be considered "antiquing" or aging the clay. I only glazed the piece with matte glaze once the paint dried.

 

So if you haven't tried adding paint, here are two different ways to use it for very different effects!

 

Bye for now!

Shirley