Claybord fun

I decided to take a break and try to loosen myself up with art therapy play. Ha! My brain is racing with so many things it’s almost impossible to accomplish one task a day. So, this is what I did…

Way back in 2009 I took a workshop on playing with abstracts on claybord. I did it to push myself into a different world and found it to be fun. Needless to say I, like so many workshop participants, could see myself playing with this technique MORE! I purchased 4 more packs of claybord, golden products and alcohol ink. I was prepared only to let it sit unopened for 4 years.


Wednesday was my day to open a pristine pack of claybord! I worked the 4 squares initially as a whole. Straight and curved lines were laid down then I shifted the lot before laying down more marks. Keep turning and adding until I felt it was good.


Next, I carved into a square with a V gouge, added blobs of glass beads and fiber paste (fun play), then started layering color.


After a while, it looked like this


And then this


Not certain if it’s done but I’ve finished for today. The square below was from yesterdays posting and it certainly changed color (Partly due to taking the shot outside in the sunshine)


And the next square: I kind of like the fiber paste texture


Are they done yet? I have no idea. Knowing me, probably not. The 4th square hasn’t received any color yet but the palate will remain the same.

Maybe the next pack will receive a lighter treatment. It was fun to experiment with darker tones and something completely different.

Published by paperstew

I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

19 thoughts on “Claybord fun

    1. Thanks! I’m working on the last of the 4 today. Sometime a little color is needed to make life better. πŸ™‚

      1. I’m so glad you like them! I kept from using white through the process just to see the colors shine through all the layers. My neighbor is already eying them to add to her art collection. πŸ™‚
        Your booth shots certainly show your color love, but I’ve already known that from watching your blog. Keep it going and keep us updated on your next outdoor show!

      2. Thanks so much! I will definitely keep my blog updated with new photos as my journey continues! I’m having such a great time now that I’ve rediscovered my passion.

        I’ve been invited to be the featured artist in the art gallery of a local library, for two months. I’m pretty happy about that!

        I don’t blame your neighbor for wanting dibs…..awesome work!


      3. They really are awesome, I don’t blame your neighbor for calling dibs! πŸ™‚
        I’m having so much fun with my art. It’s been/is still a process/an evolution, for me. I started painting last Summer/first Art Festival was last September. I’ve learned so much in the (nearly) year and only hope to continue my growth.
        I’ll be sure to keep you posted! And, I’ll be popping in to see your latest creations, too!

  1. I discovered claybord only recently, but its great to work on, having the option of digging in as well as painting opens up so many ideas. I love the stained glass feeling of these paintings, they are so rich.

    1. Thanks for your comment Anna! Claybord is interesting stuff. It wasn’t until today that I discovered so many possibilities for the material on the Ampersand website. I’m kind of liking the rich layering effect on this group and look forward to opening my next pack.
      Now, I’m going to have to check your site more closely to find the claybord work. Was it your recent flower squares??

      1. The flower paintings are on canvas, I have mostly used the clay board for drawing so far. I think the only thing I have posted is an early drawing called Seaweed. More is in order!

    1. Yes, I agree with you. Done!
      On to another pack… well, in a few days.
      I’m glad you like them.

      1. I don’t know how to describe this, but to me they have this old world, English garden quality to them; perhaps because they suggest stained glass.

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