Sunday, March 3, 2013

Polymer Clay Zentangle Journal Cover

After TAD ended I took a day off from claying. I was watching television and doodling zentangles when it occurred to me that I might be able to translate some of the designs onto clay.  A couple times I've tried drawing zentangles on clay with ink but this time I wanted to use all clay.

I decided on a variegated background so I first mixed the colors I wanted to use and rolled them in to cones

I then flattened the cones with my acrylic roller and using the pasta machine I made a variegated sheet.  I ran it though again on the #2 and #3 setting, textured it with sandpaper and cut a piece approximately 5" x 8".  I left the side edges rough.

I then condition a sheet of black clay rolled it to #4 thickness,  again using rough sandpaper for texture and cut out the shapes placing them on the background sheet. I used a variety of tools to cut the shapes.  It was time consuming but  not difficult.

Here is the final result before I put it on the journal....

and here it is on the journal. I have several journals in different colors, after trying a pink and a darker brown I decided it looked best on the medium brown.

I made a couple beads with left over cutouts.... I like the way they look, they have a kinda  "biker" look or I can see them with a steampunk pendant..... so I will make more.

I enjoyed making the journal cover and I think I can make attractive jewelry with this method too so I am going to make more Zentangle sheets... hope you like them too!

See you soon, thanks for stopping by.


  1. You are such a show off. LOL What did you cut the patterns out with and when are you moving to Arizona?

    1. LOL... Yes indeedy, I am a show off!! To cut the pattern pieces I used my "Valerie" cutters, my Exacto knife, my Kemper cutters, some copper tubing and my slicing blade.... to fit the pieces in place I used my stylus and my Penni Jo tool kit.

      You keep bugging me and one of these days I might just end up on your door step, bags in hand!!

  2. Those cut outs are fab! I like your cones for doing a variegated sheet, I've not tried that method.

    1. Thanks Pam. The cones are handy when making a Skinner blend in more than 2 or three colors. Or they work well when you want to make a small Skinner blend.

  3. I can't believe those are cut outs!! WOW!! Marvelous job! Absolutely love it! At first, I thought it was Your work is amazing!