This whisper of a doll started out as an experiment just to see if I could make anything out of Crayola air dry clay. It's a product made for kids and I have no idea what's in it but other than a tendency to crack a little and to dry with the heaviness of a rock it is not impossible to form. It lends itself to klutzy forms in general I think but it is lots of fun too.
It doesn't want to stick to itself so when you add parts to parts it's a good idea to use Elmers Glue or soft gel medium.
It did dry overnight and then I sprayed the body with matte acrylic spray before painting after I discovered that the residual moisture makes the acrylic stay slightly damp. The quick spray with aerosol acrylic seals the clay so that painting is a snap.
I have no idea why you'd even want to try this product other than it's cheap and you can share it with your kids. Wait - that's reason enough. Me, well, I'm just the curious type and wanted to explore a different material. I'm all about the search, the experiment, the wondering.
Summer joins her big sisters on the paint box where she can direct the activity in the studio.
And yes, I am barely aware that we had another holiday. Happy New Year to all my delicious art friends and whoever comes to this blog; may you find joy and light in 2009.