Using acrylic paint to stamp onto soft polymer clay is a simple technique that produces great looking results. There are two variations of this technique. The first is using the acrylic paint to stamp onto the polymer clay (the image on the right). The second is using acrylic paint to highlight the raised part of the clay after the stamp has been used to create an impression in the clay (the image on the left). The impression is stamped onto soft polymer clay before it is cured.
When the paint is dry the surface of the clay is flattened with a roller. Rolling the polymer clay from each side will ensure that the proportions of the image are maintained. The image can be manipulated by rolling the image to flatten it or pulling the polymer clay in different ways to distort the image. When the clay has been cured the acrylic paint permanently bonds to the surface. The surface can also be sealed with a varnish to protect the image.
The paint can be applied to the image in different ways and this contributes towards the versatility of the technique. The acrylic paint can be applied to the stamp or dabbed over the top of the image.
- Polymer clay, conditioned and rolled into a sheet
- Acrylic paint
- Rubber Stamp
- Water mister
- Craft rolling pin
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