Lumina Clay Leaves

I’ve been getting a lot of use out of these surprisingly realistic leaves, so I thought I’d share my process.

leaves closeup

I begin by mixing some acrylic paint into a little Lumina clay. I’ve been going for realism lately, but any color works well. I then roll the clay through a pasta machine at thickness setting 4-5. If you’re going to be using a leaf with thick veins, you’ll want to use setting 3-4. Lightly press a leaf into the clay just to make it stick.

Press

Roll the lumina (with the leaf this time) through the pasta machine a second time on the same setting you used previously.

Roll

Carefully peel the leaf from the clay. You can use the same leaf several times.

Peel

Cut it out with an x-acto blade. I try to angle the cut inward so the edges look a little thinner and more realistic.

Cut

Pinch the leaf to give it a little dimension and let it dry thoroughly.

Shape

Coat the leaf with a light layer of acrylic paint if you’d like to highlight the veins. I like to use a contrasting color.

Paint

Before the paint dries, wipe away the excess with a moist paper towel.

Excess

Add a coat of matte Mod Podge for a nice finish, and you’re done!

Finished !

Here are a few things I’ve made with this technique, which are also for sale in my Etsy shop :)

leaves and branches

bird pin 3
bird pin 2
bird pin 1

 

 

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