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Clay and Canvas Wall Hanging

Make a unique piece of artwork with these step-by-step instructions.

Project by Barbara McGuire.

Materials and Tools:

10" x 10" art canvas *
paper template **
Liquid Sculpey
Pearlex purple powder
palette knife and point tool
card stock
scissors
ruler
pencil
pasta machine
clay roller
craft knife
misting bottle with water
heat gun
oven for curing clay
Stewart Superior Inkredible! ink: khaki dust
Tsukineko Brilliance ink: platinum planet
Limited Edition Rubber Stamps script stamp
Art Forward leaf stamp impression sheet
Sakura Micron permanent ink pen
Polyform Super Slicer clay blade
Premo polymer clay: black, white, pearl
Super Glue or Crafter's Pic The Ultimate!

* Stretched Art Alternatives Gallery Canvas: This canvas has no staples on the sides, is approximately 1-1/2" wide, and is available at fine art supply stores.

** Template Pattern for Color Blocks

Cut a template for positioning rectangle blocks. This is done by making the desired size of blocks with paper (or plastic canvas) patterns, then positioning the pattern blocks on the canvas. Make another paper template for a quarter of the canvas. Slide the quarter template under the positioned paper block and trace the position. Remove the paper from the canvas and cut out the hole where the block should go with a craft knife. This creates a template for each quarter of the canvas, but you have to flip it as you fit it to each quarter of the canvas.

Steps:

1. Stamp khaki ink over front surface of canvas. The area does not need to be completely covered; a distressed look is more attractive.

2. Mix a small portion of Pearlex powder with liquid polymer clay. Place paper template over a quarter of the canvas. Spread mixture over the blocked area designated by the template. Use your finger or a palette knife to spread mixture. Repeat for all four quarters of canvas.

Note: You are not required to use a template. The color blocks can also be random or estimated if desired.

3. Scribble nonsense script through liquid polymer clay. It will look it's scratched.

4. Place canvas in oven to cure liquid clay and ink. Bake at 275 degrees for 20 minutes.

Note: Another option is to apply heat from a heat gun to set the liquid clay. Use a rotating motion so the heat does not scorch the clay. Be careful not to exceed 275 degrees, which is the tolerance of liquid clay. Liquid is very thin and sets quickly.

5. When clay is set, stamp along edges of color blocks with platinum pigment ink using the pad to create a straight edge along the color block rectangles.

6. Using platinum ink, stamp script image randomly over the blocks.

7. Heat set ink or allow to dry.

8. Add additional writing over entire canvas with permanent fine-point ink pen.

To resemble Mokume Gane:

1. Roll two 3/16-inch sheets of pearl clay (#1 Atlas Pasta Machine) big enough to accommodate four stamped designs for the four quarters of the canvas. Set one sheet aside.

2. Prepare two sheets, one black and one white, of clay on the thinnest setting available. Add the sheets together and run through pasta machine again at smallest setting.

3. Place black and white sheet on top of one pearl sheet.

4. Mist stamp with water to act as release to stamp. Press stamp into stacked clay to make four impressions. Note position on clay so all four stamped designs will fit.

5. Very carefully slice the top of the impressed clay horizontally over each individual impressed design with a polymer clay blade to lift off a layer of the clay. The impressed design should be revealed where the black and white colors were impressed.

Note: This may take practice. Some stamps may work better than others. Slices may be too deep or too shallow; you can patch small pieces together. You can also re-shave the layers until a desirable effect is achieved. Another suggestion is to try rolling the stacked clay smooth after it has been stamped but before it is cut. Generally the success of the mokume gane is a combination of the thin layers and the depth and design of the stamp.

6. Arrange the removed sliced pieces on the pearl sheet that was set aside and press to adhere to pearl sheet.

7. Cut the leaf shapes out of your favorite surfaces of clay.

8. Bake clay leaves according to manufacturer's suggestions at 275 degrees for 25 minutes.

9. When clay is cool, adhere the baked leaves to the prepared canvas with two-part epoxy, Super Glue, or Crafter's Pic.

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