Creative Paperclay

Jungle Fever - Lesson Plan

Submitted by Designer Sandie Wiese of South Dakota


The students will create their own original and unique jungle theme plaque incorporating the art skills and concepts of stamping, design, texture, pattern, line, color, and shape.


This lesson is for fourth grade and above. You will need 2 art class periods to complete.


  • Creative Paperclay® modeling material
  • Jungle animal foam stamp (or rubber stamp)
  • Rolling pin
  • Bowl or plate for circle pattern
  • Pencil, toothpick or knife
  • Watercolor paints/brushes
  • Metallic gold acrylic paint
  • Water filled container
  • Paper towels
  • Assorted kitchen and household tools and objects which can be used to create interesting imprinted textures in the Creative Paperclay® modeling material
  • Wire cookie rack, or other “ventilated” surface (for air drying method)
  • Acrylic gloss or satin varnish
  • Sandpaper (very fine/extra fine)
  • Craft hemp string
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or pen
  • Non-stick baking sheet (if using bake method)
  • Oven-preheated to 250 degrees (if using bake method)

Lesson Activity:

Day 1 -

  1. Working on a smooth clean work surface, use rolling pin to evenly flatten desired amount of Creative Paperclay® modeling material to an approximately ¼” thick slab.  Rolling it out between two sheets of waxed paper is helpful.

  2. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper.  Gently, with evenly distributed pressure, push the bowl or plate into the rolled out slab.

  3. Use a pencil, a wooden round toothpick, or other cutting tool, to cut out a circle around the bowl or plate.

  4. Firmly, with evenly distributed pressure, stamp the animal pattern using a clean rubber stamp (without ink) into the center of the rolled out Creative Paperclay®.

  5. Use an assortment of kitchen and household tools to create areas of interesting textured designs and patterns around the stamped animal.

  6. Create the holes for the hanger by poking and twirling a pencil or pen through before it dries.

  7. Dry:

  • To use the “air dry” method, place the plaque onto a wire cookie rack for one or two days until it dries and hardens. After it’s dry, it will be lighter in color and weight than when it’s moist.

  • To use the “bake” method, place the plaque onto a non-stick-baking sheet, and put into oven preheated at 250 degrees. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, turning design pieces over to other side partway through the baking time. Remove carefully from oven and let cool.

Day 2

  1. Use small folded pieces of sandpaper to sand away any rough edges.

  2. Paint with watercolor paints. The paint colors will lighten as they dry, so be sure to apply enough paint. Let dry.

  3. Dab your finger into a small amount of gold acrylic paint, wiping away all but a thin layer.

  4. Quickly use your finger to rub gold highlights across the painted plaque. Be careful not to overdo it!

  5. Brush a coat of clear acrylic gloss or satin varnish onto all areas and edges of the plaque. Additional coats may be added after each layer dries. Let dry.

  6. Knot craft hemp string through the holes to form a hanger.

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