Canvas doesn’t have to be your only option when creating pretty little pieces of art. You can use clay to make an art plaque and then paint it as if it were a canvas! This is a great project to do with the kids and it’s perfect for making garden or outdoor clay crafts. You can work on this project in stages, spend one day making the clay craft art and then spend another day painting the art on the dry clay piece. My daughter and I created these clay craft art pieces to hang outside on the patio to add a little splash of color.
- Crayola Air Dry Clay
- DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint
- Clear UV Resistant Sealer
- Ribbon or Twine
- Cookie Cutters and Rolling Pin
- Assorted Paint Brushes
- Clay Tools
- Parchment Paper (optional)
Step 1: Roll out the clay on a piece of parchment paper. To prevent sticking to the rolling pin, cover the clay with parchment paper before rolling.
Step 3: “Draw” art on the clay squares. Use cookie cutters to gently press in shapes. You can also cut out shapes from the square and reuse them to create layers on your art piece. You can also use the clay tools to draw in details and designs.
Step 4: Using a pointed tool, make a hole on each side of the top of the square. You will use these holes later to hang your clay craft art. I added holes on the bottom of my squares so I could connect multiple squares together, too.
Step 5: Allow clay to dry per the package instructions. Paint however you like. DecoArt Crafter’s Paint works perfectly and comes in a wide variety of colors. Allow paint to dry between layers and make sure to rinse the brush out thoroughly between colors. Once the paint is dry, use a sealer to add protection and a little gloss finish.
String ribbon through the holes, tie to secure and hang as desired.
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Jen Goode is the owner and “doodler in charge,” a Denver based art and design studio. She has been a creative professional since 1996, developing art for a variety of uses in an array of mediums from handmade crafts to Graphic design and illustration. Jen, a designer member of CHA, is a tech savvy, work-at-home mom of 3 who shares her creative inspirations with other moms through her site Projects for Preschoolers and as a featured contributor on various sites throughout the web. Jen’s motto is “Inspiring Smiles Every Day.”