I Learned How to Make Rocks!

Wiring is under the white strip.

Left wall.

Right wall.



Have you been wondering???.......

What those paperclay bricks will be?
Go and peek at Lidi's new blog.
You'll see her Courtyard
which is the workshop that I'm learning.
And some of her baskets!


More Paperclay

Lesson no. 2
The fun begins!!

Art was never my strong point but we go slowly and build up layers of paint.

Here is the inside of the left wall
showing some nice cracks.
Still needing some more layers to add depth
and dimension.

The back wall didn't crack :(
Never mind, there will be plenty of other details to hold the eye.
During art lessons at school,
while everyone else was drawing and painting,
I was making slab sided pots
to grow my bonsais in.
The teacher seemed ok with this arrangement ;)
I had fun and he didn't have to tear his hair out over
my stick figures!
I'm smiling all over my silly head
about managing to produce
some brick-like walls.

Thankyou again Lidi!!!
You are not only talented but also a very patient teacher ;)


My Excellent Adventure in Paperclay

I'm a guinea pig!

Another self portrait I hear you ask?
Heheh, ;))
that's Cheryl, a furfriend of mine.

My Excellent Adventure?
I'm the guinea pig trialling a miniature workshop!

Courtesy of a wonderful friend
and most talented lady...

Lidi Stroud 

I absolutely never dreamed of learning paperclay.
A workshop is beyond my capabilities.
to have this opportunity is beyond my wildest dreams!!

Lidi is kindly giving me this workshop
one morning a week over a few weeks.
To say I was scared to death of not coping
with the work would be an understatement.

Lesson One

The kit.
A mysterious pile of loot!

Gatorboard walls
Pastry board and roller
Clay tools
Door and window frames

First we knead the paperclay
and roll it out.

Then it goes onto a wall
and the brickwork is marked.
I got one wall done during the lesson
and had two more walls for homework.

Close up of the bricks,
still damp.

I found the work very physically demanding
but not impossible
and now I know what is involved
I'll be able to practise this technique at home
when RL allows.

I am seriously slow at learning new things so believe me when I say
Anyone could do this!!
Given a talented and generous teacher who will start you on your own
Excellent Adventure :)))

Thankyou so much my dear and generous friend,
you'll never know what this gift means to me,
being a guinea pig is my biggest
miniature adventure ever!