Fanciful Creatures in Paper Clay

Photos by Sharon White Photography

“I love seeing the unique personalities of my little beasties develop throughout the creative process. Paper clay allows the one-of-a-kind, handmade quality I desire to show through. It is an easily sculpted material, and so versatile because so many surface textures and decorations can be used. I never tire of experimenting and trying out new artistic applications for this air-dry clay!” – Katherine DuBose Fuerst

Project Details

Artist: Katherine DuBose Fuerst

Instructions: The instructions for this project can be found in the Fall 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.

Techniques included in this project: Sculpting with paper clay, creating an armature, shaping wire, stamping on paper clay, coloring paper clay with acrylic paints, creating faces from polymer clay.


  • Ruler
  • Wire, 18-gauge (I used black wire.)
  • Wire cutter
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Masking tape
  • Paper clay, one 16-oz. package (I used Creative Paperclay®.)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Assorted sculpting tools (I used pottery and clay tools along with some dental tools.)
  • Decorative rubber stamp
  • Paintbrush
  • Polymer clay, to sculpt a face (I used Premo! Sculpey®.)
  • Rubbing alcohol, 91%
  • Sandpaper, medium and fine grit
  • Emery board or nail file
  • Drill and a 1/16″ bit
  • Super Glue®
  • Damp sponge
  • Acrylic paint (I used Plaid® Folk Art® Premier Acrylics.)
  • Acrylic extender or retarder (I used Golden® Artist Colors Retarder.)
  • Cosmetic wedge
  • Varnish (I used Liquitex® Matte and High Gloss Acrylic Varnishes.)
  • Optional:
    • Mirror
    • Flexible silicone face press mold or pre-made face molds (I make my press molds with EasyMold® Silicone Putty by Castin’ Craft®.)

Creating your own menagerie of little beasties is only a click away when you get the digital or print editions of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Fall 2018.


Blog, Gallery


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.