2 clay castings*: #422 – Dragonfly (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
Sandpaper or emery board
Acrylic paints: olive green, pale aqua blue, rusty brown
1 picture frame of your choice
1. While clay is still wet, use knife to cut out each dragonfly design. Let dry.
2. Sand rough or uneven areas smooth.
3. Apply a coat of primer to both sides of castings and let dry.
4. Apply rusty brown paint to background area and edges of castings . Let dry.
5. Paint the background of wings with light aqua blue paint and let dry. Then paint the dragonfly bodies and the raised portions and edges of the wings with olive green paint (as shown). Let dry.
6. Use hot glue to affix the castings to the frame. Hold in position until glue dries.
Project designed and created by Maggie Montgomery, Photograph by David Montgomery. Below are examples of painted clay casting cutouts.
Below are examples of painted paper castings. For this frame project, cut out and then
varnish the castings before painting, then varnish again before attaching to frame.
Note: The paper castings below were made using cotton linter pulp with herbs added for color and texture.