paperclay sculptures

N and i tried this new (to us) clay out called paperclay that i got from my boyfriend, dick blick. (i heart dick blick.)

i love the texture of this stuff! it’s non-toxic, smooth and easy to mold, and it air-dries within 1-3 days without getting all cracked and dried out. (you can also expedite the drying process of it by baking it.) we had fun playing with it and squishing it around for a while (and N thought it smelled like glue… uh, has she been sniffing glue?)

N wanted to make some animals out of the paperclay, naturally.

carving details into her cat's face

she asked me to make a dragon for her, and she created a cat and a small turtle.

we took a long weekend vacation, and when we returned, the clay was dry, of course. we had a good time painting it with tempera paints. (you can also use acrylic paint or markers to color the paint.)

after the three animals were painted, N wanted to use the extra paint to paint each of their portraits!

i thought that was such a sweet idea… say cheese, animal friends!

we’re definitely going to do more sculpting with paperclay soon! (gosh, i wish i got paid for these reviews/endorsements! oh well… it’s all for art’s sake, right?)


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  • Mrs Addams

    Paper clay also sticks to all kinds of materials! I use it on my wooden peg dolls to add ears, beaks, etc.
    After it is all painted you can’t even tell they are separate materials! I feel like the possibilities are endless! However, I am always a little afraid the extentions might fall off with rough play. I want all my doll to be played with.
    I think this is the only picture I have on my blog of the paper clay/wood:

  • jen

    that owl is awesome – very cool that this medium can be mixed with others unnoticeably! i’ll have to try it!

  • Mrs Addams

    i just made a pair of glasses for one of my peg dolls out of paper clay & wire. this stuff is awesome!