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Polymer Clay Watercolour Technique – Leaf Tutorial

I’m back with another polymer clay tutorial. I made these leaf earrings a few years ago for a craft fair and they were so popular I made them again this year for my Christmas craft fairs. I stopped along the way to snap some photographs to show how I use the watercolour technique.

Watercolour Clay Technique Autumn leaves tutorial

Watercolour Clay Technique – Step By Step

You will need –

  • Polymer clay in white, gold and translucent (I use Fimo professional and effects)
  • Gold foil (again I use Fimo gold foil)
  • Craft chalk
  • Acrylic paint
  • Gloss varnish

Step 1

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

Condition the white and gold clay and roll each through on the clay machine on a number 3 (number 1 is my thickest setting)

Step 2

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

Lay the white on top of the gold. Gently roll to push out any air bubbles between the layer and cut them to make the same size.

Step 3

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

Roll the gold and white stack through the clay machine on number 5.

Step 4

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

If you are using cheap blocks of craft chalk use a sharp knife to scrape some of the chalk into fine dust. I have used a variety of greens, yellow, light brown and orange/red,

Step 5

Polymer clay watercolour techniqe leaf tutorial

Using your finger spread the chalk around on the white clay.

Step 6

Watercolour clay technique leaf tutorial

Tear off small bit of gold foil and press it onto the clay.

Step 7

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

Condition the translucent clay and roll it on the clay machine as thin as possible (I rolled mine on a number 7).

Step 8

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

Lay the translucent clay on top of the decorated clay and gently roll with a roller to remove any air bubbles. Remove the excess clay from around the edges.

Step 9

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

Roll through the clay machine, starting and number 3 and down to number 5.

Step 10

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

Tear the clay into pieces. The more irregular the shapes the more interesting the end result.

Step 11

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

Condition more gold clay an roll it on number 3 on the clay machine. Randomly layer the torn clay on the sheet of gold. Overlap the torn pieces so no gold gaps are left showing through.

Step 12

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

Once all the gold clay is covered gently start to roll with a roller to flatten the layers. When the clay is reasonably flat roll it through the clay machine on number 2 thickness.

Step 13

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

Using a teardrop shaped cutter cut as many teardrop as possible from the clay slab. With a pointed tool (cocktail stick will work) draw a line down the centre and lines off to both sides to turn them into leaves. Poke a hole at the top of each one.

Step 14

Polymer clay watercolour techniqe leaf tutorial
Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

Cure the leaves in the oven according to the instructions on the clay packets. I also made beads out of the left over clay (the part that was left once the teardrops had been cut).

Once cooled apply some acrylic paint over the top of the leaves, one at a time, and wipe off the excess immediately leaving the paint sitting in the leaf veins. You can always thin your acrylic paint with a little water if it is too thick. I have used a light brown paint but you could play around with different colours to find what works for you.

Give all the clay elements two coats of gloss varnish and your autumn leaves are ready to be turned into jewellery.

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

If you have enjoyed this and want to see more polymer clay tutorials then you can here – Polymer clay tutorials

Polymer clay watercolour technique leaf tutorial

Top Tip – As you can see from the above photos there is a big change between cured and non cured clay. If you wish to have a lighter colour at the end apply the chalk lightly and opt for more subtle colours.

If you try this technique and upload to Facebook or Instagram then don’t forget to @theartisanduck . I would love to see what you come up with.

Hannah x

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