I’ve gotten a little behind on blogging lately. I’ve been making things like crazy, but I just haven’t taken the time to sit down and share the tutorials. If you follow me on Instagram, you got a little sneak peak of these cute watercolor hearts a couple of weeks ago.
I first got the idea to create a watercolor look with polymer clay from this coaster tutorial by Something Peach. This project is great for beginners to polymer clay, and it requires very little tools.
What you do:
1. Knead your clay a little to soften it. I found that Sculpey clay is a little softer and better for this kind of project.
2. Start by adding a little bit of a vibrant color of clay to a ball of white clay. Knead the two together a little bit, and roll them flat. This whole process requires a little bit of experimenting. You will get different styles and looks according to how much you blend together the two colors of clay.
3. Ball up the clay and maybe stretch or twist it a little bit, then roll it flat again.
*Tip: If you want your clay to be very even, you can use two identical flat surfaces (like paint stirrer sticks from Home Depot) on either side of your clay. Make sure that both ends of the roller is rolling on top of the two sticks as you flatten the clay in the middle.
4. When you’re happy with the watercolor look of your clay, start cutting out your heart shapes. Smoothing out the top of the clay lightly with your fingers can help create more of a delicate watercolor look. You can use any cookie cutters you have or you can easily find cheap little cutters in the clay section of the craft store. Just remember if you use real cookie cutters with clay to not use them with food ever again.
5. Put your hearts on a baking tray and bake according to the instructions on the type of clay you are using. I smoothed the edges out of the hearts slightly as I moved them to the tray.
…and you’re done. You can turn these cute little hearts into handmade jewelry like little stud earrings or a necklace. You could also attach them to hair clips for cute hair accessories, make them into fridge magnets, or turn them into a festive garland. I ended out making 6 different colors, although the fuchsia, blue, and black are my favorites.