I had an itch to try my hand at some more designs so I rounded up the supplies and spent an afternoon playing! Here’s what I used:
I started off by spraying the inside of the pots with spray lacquer. I didn’t want future water to soak into the terra cotta and degrade the paint from the inside. While that dried, I began to mould my appliques. IOD’s new paper clay is just amazing, so soft and pliable and easy to use! I selected my designs and pressed the clay into the moulds.
I used a transfer applicator to scrape across the top of the mould to level out the clay, but you could use a putty knife or old credit card or anything stiff and straight. I didn’t prime my moulds with anything but do think a dusting of corn starch would have helped them release a little easier. The nature of paper clay causes it to crack when it dried. It adds to the character of the pieces. If you’re looking for a more refined look, I’d suggest you try Amazing Cast Resin.