Textured watercolor effect tutorial

Look what just came in the mail today: my new awesome textures stamp from Moiko!


Thank you so much my dear friend!

Her silkscreens and texture stamps are all wonderful and the best quality you can find out there! Here is a direct link to her shop on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/market/moiko_silk_screen

(I do not get any payment for these link, I truly love her products and use them since she first started making silkscreens many years ago!)

What shall we do with this pretty new texture stamp? Read on for this quick, easy and fun tutorial!

Materials and tools needed:

  • mixed, light colored scrap clay
  • a moiko texture stamp
  • black chalk pastel or Pan Pastel ® and a soft bristle brush
  • talcum powder
  • scotch / adhesive tape
  • clay cutters (any shape you like)
  • clay roller or pasta machine
  • sanding sponges / paper grit P1000
  • clay blade

Start by cutting up some mixed and preferable light colored (scrap) clay, you don’t need much, just enough to make a nice sheet of clay as big as he texture stamp.

Roll out your clay, fold and roll just 2-4 times to lightly blend the colors, but don’t overdo it!

Dust the stamp with the slightest amount of talcum powder (if you are using sculpey brand clays you can also just spritz a bit of water on it), place it on the clay sheet and roll it thru the thickest setting of your pasta machine, or roll over it with your hand roller to get a nice impression.

Now grate some black chalk pastel or use Pan Pastels ® (I used Pan Pastels ®) and cover your entire sheet of clay using a soft bristle brush.

Take some adhesive tape and lightly tap the surface to remove the black powder from the raised areas. Repeat several times, always using a light touch to remove as much powder as possible. Do not push down to not distort or flatten the design.

Cut up the sheet with a shape to your liking and then bake the clay and let it cool.

After your clay has been properly cured use some sanding sponge or sanding paper in a medium/fine grit (I am using P1000) and using some water and soap lightly sand the raised areas to really make the colors pop.

Contrary to popular believe there is no need for varnish to “protect” chalk pastels esp PanPastel ® as it will not even come off by using water and soap, you really need to sand it off.

OPTIONAL: after sanding you can make them shine and the colors, esp the black pop by using varnish, resin or liquid clay. For a tutorial on how to use liquid clay I have a great video tutorial for you HERE