I’ve seen lots of tutorials explaining how to cut up lots of strips of clay and attach it to a base. They work well, but what if you want to make a little miniature scene? Using that technique will make your grass look like an overgrown forest!
I experimented and finally came up with a technique that looked quite realistic. It’s pretty time consuming, but very simple, so it’ll work for you whether you’re a beginner or an expert just trying out something new!
This is the first tutorial in my “picnic” series, in which I will be explaining how to craft an array of picnic items, such as a bench, a wicker basket, little mystical figures, a tree, and lots of yummy-looking goodies! In this first one, I’ll be concentrating on the grass alone, so that you can create the basis for whatever scene you decide to mould. This is only a guide: you can experiment as much as you like. Most importantly, have fun with it and make it your own!
What you’ll need:
- Two or three shades of green polymer clay
- Pin or needle
- Cutting tool
- Rolling tool
Take equal parts of each shade of green
Mix it all together, twisting it up to make a subtle marbling pattern
Roll the clay out so that it is around 2mm thick, as evenly as possible
Cut out whatever shape you’d like the bottom of your scene to be. I opted for a asymmetric “blob” shape
Take your pin and lightly begin to scratch at the clay. If you’ve ever made clay food before, you’ll recognise the motions as being very similar to that of creating a crumbly cake-like texture, yet messier. The best way to describe it would be to lightly dig in a circular motion, overlapping over and over, and change direction after every few so that your pin crumbles little pieces of clay to either side.
If it isn’t looking much like grass yet, you can always use your pin to drag pieces of clay upwards into a standing position. This will help the “crumbles” look similar to blades of grass.
Carry on with these motions until you reach the edges of your shape. I like to deliberately pull pieces outwards so that it overlaps the line and looks messier. Remember, grass is not symmetrical.
Use this technique to add texture to the whole of your clay. And voila! Your grass is ready!
As you can see, the slight marbling pattern you originally began with helps to add a more realistic nature to the grass. You can see the little patches and flecks of the different shades.
I’ll be uploading the next picnic tutorial soon! Please leave a message below with any questions or to show me how your faux grass turned out. Have a lovely day!