Friday, October 29, 2010

Salt Dough Experiments

In the week I have in between art class sessions, I am busy "test driving" art projects. I'm all over the map: Jim Dine, David Hockney, Impressionist fall landscapes and these salt dough inspirations. I was experimenting with texture and watercolor with the flower and shell. I used an actual shell to make a fossil-like creation while the flower was hand formed. The snake and sea turtle were inspired by the gorgeous work of Australian artist, Bronwyn Bancroft. (But I did see some similar creations in clay from Apples Love Oranges that really caught my eye.) I just picked up Bancroft's children's book at the library, "Possom and Wattle, My Big Book of Australian Words." Her work is so wonderfully bright and graphic.

You may be seeing some more similar creations from my classes soon.


  1. Hi, these are lovely. What have you found to be the best way to make these and keep them from cracking? We are going to make a mural using this idea. Thanks! Lisa

  2. Thanks Lisa. The recipe is 4 cups flour/ 1 cup Salt/ and 1-2 cups water.(You'll obviously be doing it in larger numbers.) I've found that as long as they're baked until hard all the way through and given a coat of Mod Podge, they've held up well without cracking.
    Hope this helped.


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