My class will be technique oriented finishing with an easy project - to explore different surface techniques by texturing the clay, applying paint, metallic powders or foils to the raised areas and then rolling flat to achieve a silkscreen effect. Variations on the theme will also be introduced. After experimenting with different decorated clay sheets, a decorative frame will be created by covering it with reassembled pieces of the prepared decorated sheets. The time line (3 hrs.) for the class will be as follows: spend half the time to explore the different surface techniques and then spend the rest of the session to decorate the frame. If time allows, I will have jewellery samples with the same technique that some participants might also like to experiment with.
-black polymer clay (enough clay at widest setting of pasta machine to cover your size frame;I used a 71/2" by 6" frame approximately.)
-wooden frame - should be conditioned in a 250 degree oven for 15-20 minutes and covered with a layer of modge podge when dry.
-patterned stamps,texture sheets or any other materials that create texture
N.B. the above should produce a shallow stamp
-pigment powders,stamping inks or acrylic paints (your choice of colours including metallics).I will be using mostly acrylic paints such as gold,copper,silver and metallic emerald green.
-dry release agent - cornstarch,baby powder
-gold foil sheets
-cosmetic sponges or sponge dabbers (optional)
-cardboard (for frame template)
-varnish (liquid floor wax)
Here are a few pictures to give you an idea.