Learn How To Create A Sgraffito Style Clay Bowls

by Iris Rodriguez

Learn How To Create A Sgraffito Style Clay Bowls and All Purpose Ink

Sgraffito (an Italian word meaning “to scratch”) is a decorating pottery technique produced by applying color to clay then scratching off parts of the clay when it is leather hard, creating contrasting images, patterns, and texture that reveal the clay color underneath. This technique has been around since around the 15th century. For this project, we’ll follow in the footsteps of potters in making sgraffito bowls (minus kilns or firing glazes). Instead, the bowls are made with store-bought air dry clay that is similar in texture and behavior as ceramic earthenware clay and Tsukineko’s All-Purpose Ink.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour to make the bowls, 2 days total for bowls to air dry

Directions

For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. I like this clay because it’s similar and behaves like earthenware ceramics clay, ideal for sgrafitto. This clay is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard.
Step 1

First, let’s talk clay. For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. I like this clay because it’s similar and behaves like earthenware ceramics clay, ideal for sgrafitto. This clay is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard. Keep it moist by spraying a little water. Adding water also makes it softer. When the clay is wet, it is beige like color, and when dry it turns off white color. Imagine’s All-Purpose ink is ideal because it’s a lightweight, but highly pigmented ink and the clay is porous, which, allows the ink to seep through. It clay air dries. The rate that it dries will depend on the thickness of the project and room temperature. The drier the room, the faster it dries.

You can use a roller used roll out dough or use a clay roller.
Step 2

Roll out a sheet of clay. You can use a roller used roll out dough or use a clay roller.


Step 3

The clay is usually very smooth when it’s rolled out. If it is not, then smooth out the clay with your fingers, clay scraper or wet sponge.


Step 4

Using a stylus, draw out the desired shape. Use a template or other item you can place over the clay and trace. If you change mind, remove the line by smoothing out the clay.


Step 5

Using a clay needle tool or knife, cut out the shape. Smooth out the edges with your fingers. Also cut out a small piece of clay, as a test sample.


Step 6

Using a stylus, lightly draw your images. If you change your mind, erase it, by smoothing out the clay.

Paint the clay with the Thyme All-Purpose ink
Step 7

Paint the clay with the Thyme All-Purpose ink. Use a soft brush, so that you don’t get brush strokes. Also, paint the clay sample. I like painting the clay while it’s wet, because this clay is very porous, the paint seeps in nicely into the clay.

Paint the clay with the Thyme All-Purpose ink
Step 8

Place the clay bowl into a real bowl or other object and allow it dry. It will take on the shape of the object. Let dry for 8-12 hours, but no more than 12 hours. The rate of dryness will vary on humidity and dryness. The drier the room or if placed in the sun, the faster it dries. Test your sample clay by carving into it. If you can carve without the clay distorting or dragging; the shaving is coming off cleanly, then you are ready to carve.


Step 9

Carve out the image that you drew earlier with clay carving tools or carving tools used to carve rubber stamps. I tried both and found both works well. Do not wipe off the clay crumbs with your fingers, only wipe off with a dry, clean paintbrush. This prevents from accidentally distorting the clay, or break off unwanted pieces of clay.


Step 10

After carving the images, allow the bowls to dry for another full day. Test by looking at the natural clay color; it will turn an off-white when dry. Also, if the clay feels cold then it’s still wet. It’s important to seal the bowls with spray sealers, or brush on sealers like polyurethane. The sealer protects the ink and clay from liquids, dust or other particles and looks nice and finished.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay – White
  • Clay carving tools or rubber stamp carving tools
  • Sealer (spray, or polyurethane)

See a Stamping Technique Inspired by Impressionism

by Lori Warren

See a Stamping Technique Inspired by Impressionism

We all need a little inspiration sometimes and, for this project, I took my inspiration from the Impressionism style of paintings from the 1860s.  It resulted in a fun project using the All-Purpose inks and other Imagine products to create a miniature floral scene on a 4”x4” flat panel canvas.

Skill: Beginners
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Directions


Step 1

Apply Cool Grey ink to the canvas with a bullet-shaped Fantastix.


Step 2

Stipple on Sky Mist ink with Fantastix to the upper portion of the canvas.


Step 3

Stipple on Celadon ink to lower portion of canvas with Fantastix.


Step 4

Stipple Blue Bayou onto the upper portion of the canvas, sparingly.


Step 5

Place Celedon ink onto craft mat, ink stamp, & stamp stems onto the lower portion of the canvas.


Step 6

Stamp roses with VersaFine Clair in Medieval Blue & Monarch across canvas above the stems.


Step 7

Stamp saying with VersaFine Nocturne onto the canvas.


Step 8

Edge panel with Blue Bayou ink.


Step 9

Add black paint splatters.


Step 10

Spray canvas with Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray in Sparkle.


Step 11

Edge canvas with Sheer Shimmer Stix in Gold.

Supplies

Imagine  
Other
  • The Angel Company stamps
  • Mini canvas
  • Acrylic block
  • Paint brush

Larger Than Life Technicolor Burlap Banner

by Jessica Litman

Spring fever has definitely sprung with crafting inspiration blogs going wild on the Internet. I have joined the craft craze with this burlap and die cut banner which is perfect to add bright inky colors and floral texture accents to any room in the home. Turn this tutorial into a wall hang, an Easter decoration or make multiple flag pieces for a giant banner.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Cut out the floral template from the Silhouette paper cutter. Place the die on the Imagine craft mat. Using the Memento Dew Drop ink pads in Angel Pink, Rose Bud, and Dandelion, cover the floral template with the textured stamps.

Step 2

Lay down another round of stamping and color with Cottage Ivy Memento.

Step 3

Finish the ink layering with Danube Blue Memento which ties together with all the other colors nicely.

Step 4

Using Amplify, add dots to the center of the flowers and to the circle ends of the leafy looking parts (and of course wherever else you see fit). Activate Amplify’s foamy texture quality with a heat tool. Much like embossing powder, you will know visually when the heat is working with Amplify. It’s so fun watching it foam up!

Step 5

Cut a piece of white card stock into a rectangle. Rub the Danube Blue Dew Drop on the edges of the card stock. Write a message or sentiment on the card stock using Memento marker.

Step 6

Fold burlap in half. Cut out a triangle at the bottom to make the flag banner shape. Attach the floral template to the burlap using the decorative brads. Attach card stock to inside the floral template on the burlap using safety pins. Hang on the wall and enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps
  • Silhouette Cameo Paper Cutter with Floral template
  • DCWV Burlap Stack
  • Safety pins
  • brads
  • Card stock

Make a Green T-Rex Dinosaur for your Toddler

by Jessica Litman

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.
Adding décor to preschoolers bedrooms is sometimes a tough challenge. Decor needs to be able to withstand the playfulness of a child while bringing a bit of imagination to the space. I chose to create a papercraft T-Rex dinosaur in shimmer, black and green as a solution to this problem. By using a Creative Medium Shimmer to decoupage, the décor becomes tough, playful and creative!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.
Step 1

Cut out strips of green tissue paper then cut strips into smaller squares.

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.

Step 2

Apply a small portion of Creative Medium Shimmer with a paint brush to the body of the dinosaur. Adhere square tissue paper over the medium. Continue to cover the dinosaur with tissue paper until the entire body is covered. Creative Medium dries quickly when thinly applied.

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.

Step 3

Take one of Imagine’s InkBlushers and dab with Tuxedo Black Memento ink to create scales on the dinosaur. The thick end of the Ink Blusher can be used for covering the large open areas while the thin edge can be used for the fine details around the feet.

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.

Step 4

Add eyes to the dinosaur by using the Fantastix and Memento ink. Draw an eye on either side of the head. Let dry. Add any other fun details to make it personal.

Step 5

Once fully covered, apply a thick layer of Creative Medium over all the tissue paper to seal any remaining bits of paper and to also create a smooth surface. Let dry. Display and let the T-rex spark your young one’s exploration of the Jurassic period!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Tissue Paper – green
  • 3-D Decorative Dinosaur

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Scrapbooking with Stenciled Shades of Green

by Jowlina Nolte

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.
Stenciling is a great crafting technique that can be used in endless ways. In this tutorial, I chose to use the stencil almost like a stamp by painting it with Tsukineko’s All-Purpose Ink. In my family, we have a camouflage fan and greenery is also Imagine’s color of the month. What better way to celebrate a special Camo Birthday party (and present a tutorial) than by capturing beautiful memories and scrapbooking them with green camo-like texture afterward. Shades of green and gold compliment the photos perfectly and make the special memories come to life.

Directions

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 1

Select green All Purpose inks, Gold Delicata inker, a pipette and a Brushstix for this layout.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 2

Use a pipette and add drops of green All-Purpose Inks onto the stencil. Start with the lightest green moving to the darkest.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 3

Mist the inks with water until they blend nicely into a liquid ink covering the stencil pattern.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 4

Carefully turn over the stencil and stamp the image onto your background cardstock with the inked stencil.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 5

Remove the stencil from the background and leave the ink to dry. You can lightly mist the ink with more water to make the colors blend into each other.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 6

Place a small drop of Golden Glitz Delicata from the inker onto your craft mat.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 7

Lift the Delicata ink with your Brushstix and then draw patterns or scribble onto your background using the gold ink. Leave the ink to dry or heat set using a heat gun. Complete your scrapbook layout using personal photos, green embellishments such as buttons or sequins, and patterned papers such as maps, geometric patterns etc.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Photos
  • Embellishments
  • Patterned paper
  • Kaisercraft – diecut
  • Chipboard
  • Pipette
  • Water spray bottle

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Unique You Are So Sweet Card

by Nadine Carlier

So Sweet - IC

I love having lots of thank you cards on hand! I wanted to create a card that was on the simple side but with a lot of interest. Not sure if I accomplished what I set out to do—but I still had a lot of fun creating this card.  Watch my video below to see exactly how I did it….

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Spellbinders Dies
  • Stamps – Unity Stamp Co, The Scrapbook Diaries
  • Cardstock – White, Lime Green
  • Vellum
  • Glitter
  • Thread

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