How to Color Paper Clay

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How to Color Paper Clay
Colour your paper clay to brighten its dull, grey colour. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Paper clay offers you a way to create clay objects and sculptures without having to fire them in a kiln or oven. Paper clay air dries and hardens on its own. The usual light grey colour of this convenient clay can be changed while the clay is still wet or after the finished clay pieces have completely dried. The method you choose will depend on whether you want the clay to be coloured before you build your object or after it has dried.

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Things you need

  • Disposable cup
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Disposable fork
  • Sandpaper
  • Paper towel
  • Paintbrush

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    Colouring Wet Paper Clay

  1. 1

    Place the wet paper clay into a disposable cup.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 tsp of acrylic craft paint per golf-ball-sized piece of clay into the cup with the clay.

  3. 3

    Mix the clay and paint together with a disposable fork and slowly add more paint if you want a darker colour, until you are satisfied. Model your clay objects as usual.

    Colouring Finished Paper Clay Pieces

  1. 1

    Sand the dried pieces lightly with fine-grit sandpaper and dust away the sanded bits of clay with a paper towel.

  2. 2

    Apply acrylic craft paint over the clay piece with a paintbrush to colour it.

  3. 3

    Paint details onto the object with different colours of paint.

  4. 4

    Allow the paint to dry for 1 hour or until it is no longer tacky to the touch.

Tips and warnings

  • If you make homemade paper clay, start if off as coloured by using coloured construction paper or crepe paper instead of white.

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