I have added micro beads in clear, blue and gold and diamond dust with clear glue to the clay sections An have started to glue down shells ( E6000 glue works) and embellishments to the clay sections; making sure that I use enough glue to hold them in place and that they are not too heavy for the clay substrate. If you look at the tutorial part 2, the shells and the ideas for composition have changed some. I decided to paint some of the shells that form the outline from the sea to the sand. I am also playing around with fish and turtle charms to see if I want to use these to connect the two largest sections of the clay substrate. Stay tuned for the final part of this tutorial.
I rolled out air dried clay and cut it into 4 pieces. I added rolls of clay to make a sea shore and sand area on two of the largest pieces. I took different stamps to make textures in the sand areas and let the clay dry overnight. Then I places sea shells from Hawaii on the dried clay to get an idea of how I might want to make the composition. This is just an idea and may not be how the collage actually turns out. The next step is to paint the sand and the ocean sections of the dried clay. I used a variety of metallic paints ( lumiere metallic paint, Inka metallic rub, Mary Stewart paint) ; you can see them on the side of this photo.When the paint dried, I sprayed the clay pieces and the canvas substrate with a glossy sealing varnish. Now I am ready to start to embellish the collage. This is the fun creative part since I let the collage talk to me about how it should be finished. lol
This is a free tutorial on how I make air dried clay covers for some of my art or travel journals. I will post the pictures with the explanations below. Start with some air dry clay that you can get at Michael’s or Joann’s in the children’s art sections.
Measure the cover of your journal and roll out the clay on wax paper and cut it just a little smaller than the cover measurements. Here I have cut the clay and added 2 rolls in a swirling pattern and stamped some impressions on the clay.Here are four different clay shapes that I made at this time. It is easier to make several different shapes and clean up afterwards. The one I am going to use in this project is the one on the far left.The painting is down after I have let the clay dry for one day. I use metallic paints; teal and sapphire blue to make the base of the collage.Here are some of the supplies that I use to make the collage vary in color and textures. The glass beads paste is spread around and then the micro beads are sprinkled on top so they will dry embedded in the paste. The Golden gold paint is used sparingly to highlight the different levels on the clay.Here I have glued on Tim Holtz’s metal gears, and clock face and hand to the top of the swirls. I then glued on Swarovski crystals to make the collage sparkle. Here I am trying it on the top of the journal that I will be covering to see how it fits.This is the finished journal. I have covered the journal with matching card stock and glued the clay collage on top. I have added a ribbon loop and a brad to make the closure. The cover is done. Inside the journal I continued the theme of Steampunk purple with designer papers and envelops and tags that I made to hold journal ling and photographs inside for future use. Here are some photos of the inside of this art journal.this journal and other journals that I have made in a similiar manner are available in my etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/LDphotography?section_id=6805677&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5
Hope you enjoyed learning about this fun way to use air dried clay for mixed media collages and journal covers.