I have been playing with air dried paper clay as part of my art process for a while now. I made this steampunk art card from that clay plus metallic paints . The other theme in my work recently is making practical art. Art that can be enjoyed and used everyday in a person’s life. This journal’s cover started out as a steampunk paper clay art card with gears, metallic paints , handmade spirit face , clock and Swarovski crystals. When it was finished, it called out to me to be a cover of an art journal. I love the blues and browns that make this cover so unique.
The inside of this journal/ smash book has added envelops, tags, collages, metallic painted pages, stamped images, fold outs and many more features to surprise you. Some of the lined pages have been left alone for you to journal and some have been pasted together to support your photos and drawings.
This journal ties together with a baby blue ribbon and it has a matching blue ribbon with a metal key on the end for a bookmark. It is an exquisite piece of practical art that you can use everyday or to record the memories of a special trip.
I have discovered paper clay and molds for my mixed media work. Martha Stewart just came out with some started kits that have everything you need to make paper clay embellishments. I love polymer clay but it is so heavy, has to have a dedicated oven, and the set up and clean up takes me lots of time.
The good things about the paper clay is that the items are really light weight and can be affixed to a substrate like paper. They can be painted, dusted with perfect pearls, have glitter added to it and …. they cure over night in the air.
Needless to say, I got out my clay molds , my paints and my imagination and went to work at my craft desk. Here is a sample of some of the easy embellishments that I made. There are also 2 examples of how I used the flowers, stems and leaves in an art journal that I am making. I will start to experiment with more challenging designs next. I will take photos and post how I am making these in my next blog. Fun, fun, fun