I'm teaching a class at a local gardening center to make these leaf imprinted clay bowls. I wanted to come up with some new ideas to present. I made these gold leaves with essentially the same method as I did my other project here, but I think it creates a totally different effect with the metallic paint.
Here's what you'll need:
- Air Dry Clay
- Rolling pin
- Leaves of your choice - I used some off a rose bush and an orange tree
- Acrylic paint - I used gold
- Roll your clay to approximately 1/4 inch thickness.
- Take your leaves face up and imprint them into the clay.
- Go over the leaves one again with your rolling pin and remove any air bubbles that may have been created
- It is usually a good idea to take off the stem, but if you'd like to keep the stem, make sure you leave enough clay to support it.
- Trim the edges of your leaves with scissors or a small knife.
- Leave leaves aside to dry for 2-3 in a sunny spot indoors.
- Once clay is dry, remove the outer leaf.
- You can paint your project now. Take basic acrylic paint and paint the project following the direction of the vines on the clay imprint for best results.
- Allow paint to dry completely between coats.