It started a few years ago when my friends Annie and Heather suggested we do a Santos Dolls class together. So we did, in Heather's Studio here in Cape Town. I went on to get Misty's Unfurling book which had paper clay assignments, together with Stephanie Lee's and Judy Wise's book and I also took Stephanie's online class. Plus I've been dabbling here and there but it was really in Misty's last class, Make Do Art, that working with this medium started to make sense to me and I started to fall head of heals in love with making these incredible little souls. Being distracted with clay this year has been an incredible place for me to creatively play when I'm taking myself far too seriously. There is something so nurturing when we grant ourselves permission to play, especially creative play, regardless of the outcome... I'm never quite sure how they will turn out but that's part of our journey together. Each one has captivated my heart, soul and mind.
They are quite intuitive and each one seems to be deeply soulful and seems to carry their own unique soulful story - one I want to hear and one I want to tell. I've totally fallen in love with these mysterious Soul Bearers.
the Art of Making your own PaperClay
- 1 cup toilet paper (SinglePly) (24 grams dry, 110 grams wet)
- 1 cup of premix joint component (250ml)
- 3/4 cup Cold Glue (white school / craft glue)
- 2 tablespoons mineral oil (or use linseed oil or any vegetable oil)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (70 grams) to start
- 2 mixing bowls, sieve
- electric beater and scale
After you have blended your ingredients together, it may be very sticky.
Place your sticky mass on a floured work surface and knead it as you would bread dough. Keep sprinkling flour into your dough and work surface, until it is no longer sticky. Knead it until it is at a consistency that feels good to sculpt with.
I have been testing different recipes and I think I like this one the most together with combining elements I've been learning from each recipe. My first attempt was beautiful to the touch but I couldn't sculpt with it at all. It felt more like bread dough than PaperClay. I found this recipe on Wikihow using a premix joint component as opposed to a dry mix which just seemed to work much better as it feels more like PaperClay.
I was so in love with PaperClay so I wanted to see if I could make it myself... and I loved learning how.
There is something motherly and earthy about them.
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