Saturday, May 11, 2013

Craft Tutorial: Animal Clay Tiles- Part 1

This was a very messy but delightful lesson in clay-making. My mother demonstrated it to me and then I showed it to my weekend art class kids. It can take up to 1 hour 30 mins to complete.

Tub for water
Table knives
Rolling pin (this may or may not be useful)

1. Roll the clay into a ball. Flatten it by pressing your palms hard on it. Make sure there are no cracks, either start over or wet the clay with few drops of water and smooth it over.
2. Roll a ball of plastic in your hands and place it underneath the sheet of clay. This should create a raised section which will be the face of the animal.
4. Cut the edges of the tile with a knife (careful not to create cracks). This can be in a square shape.
3. Choose an animal's face from a template or design your own. I found a few animal faces online and create a few of my own. Simple lines work best.
5. Use a toothpick to add detail such as eyes and an outline of the face. Design a  border around entire tile. Poke a large hole towards the top. This will be used to hang the tile on the wall when it dries.

Template ideas for tiles

I really love how they turned out! Can't wait to paint them when they dry :) xo. Quaymberley
What happens next? Wait for Part 2....coming soon.