As my love for American Clay continues I try to explore different uses for the product. I've even gone so far as to coat a lamp out if it. (the center on that lamp used to be a white PVC pipe which is probably why I got it for 10 bucks at a thrift store!)
Today I would like to showcase an art piece I created with the clay and in good 'ol blog fashion try to explain how to........ Do It Yourself. :-)
First buy yourself a blank art canvas. I bought four canvases 24"x30" which would make the final piece a whoppin 4'x5'! Michaels craft store carries a lot of sizes. (I've even done this technique on a tiny 8"x11" canvas)
Since American Clay needs something to stick onto I applied a sanded primer to the canvas and allowed it to dry.
Next I covered the entire four canvases with a layer of clay. I would highly recommend doing 2 layers of clay but as you read through my blog you will see I am quite impatient, not a great quality of mine! I compressed the clay extra to make sure it was a solid surface for my stencil. The canvas needs to be 100% dry before you move onto the next step. (It was starting to dry in this picture.)
Then I applied my stencil. These very large stencils can be found at Modello Designs - a fabulous design store full of amazing ideas. Just to warn you though these big babies are expensive! ($300.00+) You only get to use them one time. They peel off like a sticker and you apply it to the wall or floor but in this case - a canvas.
Next I slather on my alternating color of reddish clay over the stencil, carefully troweling in the direction of the design. I only did one layer of clay (debated doing two. but you know my impatience thing) and slowly peeled off the stencil (while it was still damp - that wasn't because of impatience, it was because working with it damp seemed easier.) When you peel off the stencil pull it completely flat against working area - do not pull UP! I'm a sucker for the "old world" look so I felt it necessary to "age" my art. I watered up some earth pigments and used my round stippler brush to age the clay.
All finished! - just how I wanted it. Next I will be finding the perfect place for this on a wall. (Can you imagine it above a jetted bathtub on a terra cotta colored clay wall - maybe this is of things to come??)
I found a site that you can order custom stencils or choose from a bunch of cute ones in stock. These are not the sticker stencils, but mylar. I am sure they would also work just tape it in place and hold steady!
If you would like to commission me to do a custom clay art piece for your home please CONTACT ME. I do understand that the whole DIY thing isn't for everyone and I would be happy to do what I do best for you!