Printing Texture onto Moist Clay
Printing is a very popular art form that is perfect for creating repeating patterns, images and designs. Printmaking techniques can easily be transferred into working with clay with the help of AMACO® Balsa-Foam® and AMACO® Underglazes, along with the many tools you already have in your classroom. This technique is the third in our lesson plan on printing and embossing with underglazes.
Lightly sketch a design or image onto the Balsa-Foam® block using a soft pencil.
Carve the design into the Balsa-Foam® along the pencil lines by using wooden or carving tools. Carve different levels for more interest. Be sure not to carve any undercuts.
Press block into clay
Roll out a slab of clay about 1/4" thick and press the Balsa-Foam® texture block into it.
Or press clay into block
If using the more fragile Balsa-Foam® Soft Density for stamping, lay the block texture-side-up on the table, and then gently press the clay into the Balsa-Foam® with the palm or by using a small roller.
Apply equal pressure to the edges of the block before gently pulling it away from the clay. Allow to fire completely before firing.