Spring is finnally here! …and the year´s first flowers are also here Charming SNOWDROPS are already blooming Snowdrops welcome us with pure white and green tinged petals that bob in the breeze Today I’m going to show you how to make a lovely botanical tile using CLAY, PLASTER powder, and water as materials Airdrying modelling clay, soft one In this tutorial, I’m using FIMO airdrying modeling clay, white color you can easily find this type of clay in a local hobby & craft store or order online, just use searching GOOGLE 🙂 Any POTTERY CLAY will also do. It can be
a different colors So the first step is like working with the dough when you knead it Knead lightly clay with fingers and then roll it out to get a smooth and even surface the thickness is about 2 centimeters Now I’m setting the SIZE and SHAPE of a tile use any round plastic mold in this tutorial, the diameter of mold is about 20-25 centimeters press the mold lightly to set the border`s line and now I’m ready to create the composition of a future botanical tile it’s a very exciting process so try to relax keep your thoughts positive don’t forget to enjoy the moment …and don’t be afraid to create your own unique design do not press flowers/petals into the clay In the begging, you just need to place them gently creating an attractive composition Please pay also attention that final imprint on a tile will be flipped from left to right so it’s important to keep this fact in mind while making a composition so I decided to stop on this design I would also advise starting with a simple composition of flowers or plants while you are at the beginning of your journey Now I’m using a plain piece of a thick paper to cover flowers it protects them from damage and also the surface of the clay will stay smooth while pressing try to place a paper carefully avoid moving of parts/ details on clay while covering it with paper press gently the paper and then cover any board the thickness of a board I’m using is about 2-3 cm using a hammer I start making an imprint this way helps to press better plants into the clay then remove carefully board and paper Voilà! All flowers and petals are nicely pressed into the clay music is playing checking once again that everything is ok and we are ready to remove details to see the imprint they did no harry 🙂 start gently removing petals one by one Buds are very thin so be careful, it’s easy to break them I’m continuing this way until all flowers are removed music playing feels like meditation we are almost done the final imprint has almost appeared last two snowdrops the clay is soft enough even for so thin flowers to make a nice imprint even though clay named airdrying modeling clay for these purposes, you don’t need to wait till it dries and here we go music playing not bad I suppose 🙂 and now we’re moving to the second part of the process take a plastic mold again it cutted from one side because it will be easier to open it in the end use tape to keep it close for now place the mold according to the borders you did then press a bit we will pour the plaster water into that mold this is how it should look like before pouring the hook is optional you’ll need it for wall hanging any wire will do and now I’m starting to prepare a plaster water I use old cutted ball fo mixing water and plaster powder I prefer a German PLASTER POWDER named PLASTER PRIMOSUPRA 70 ordered in Finland but you can find also on the internet shop then we need water pour the water first into the ball we need also TWO SPOONS for water and dry one for plaster proportion 1:1 means equal part of plaster and water start adding one spoon of plaster powder there should be bubbles on the surface of the water take spoon for water and mix well plaster should dissolve well ATTENTION! Use a DRY SPOON to add a new portion of a plaster take water spoon and mix well one again proportion 1:1 means equal part of plaster and water the plaster water is done and I’m ready to pour it into the mold pour gently into the mold, no harry music playing need a brush to work out the areas it helps to pass the plaster into the imprint, to reach each detail of it mix lightly the plaster water with the brush there should not be air left mix thoroughly and in different directions now its time for a hook the surface should start already drying be careful don’t drown the hook it should be exactly in the middle of the cast and stay also invisible on the other side of a tile And now is a time to have a break 🙂 music playing starting carefully open a mold, removing the tape Turn carefully the tile upside down start gently removing the clay from a dried plaster tile this is the most exciting moment the art is borning pure and perfect imprint os SNOWDROPS you can leave it totally white or paint I like also non painted version of a tile They look so innocent and inspiring lovely memmory of Spring or unusual gift idea and in this final part of the tutorial I’m showing last touches needed for this work when its totally dry Usually, it takes about one week to dry I’m going to paint it We need also Acrylic Varnish for a tile surface I use Glass Acrylic Varnish but first, you need to clean the work with sandpaper here I’m using small grain sandpaper this is how the tile looks like after a week I start with smoothing edges with a sandpaper Smooth all borders Use any brush to sweep dry plaster Using very small grain sandpaper for a surface We need to do that before applying a varnish any Acrilyc Varnish will do this one I’ve got in a local Finnish art store some paintbrushes also water and acrylic paint …and here is the painted result of a tile For finish touch, You can use only Acrylic Varnish and left a tile totally white Hope You enjoyed this tutorial and I see You in the next video!