Sunday, October 31, 2010

Christmas, OPAM, Salt dough

Hi, I'm very late with my OPAM this month!
I've been busy with my Mum here from interstate and finishing off a few projects, sorry for not getting around and visiting everyone in blog land.
This sweet "Brooch Cushion" is Kathryn's design from
who was a guest artist over at Kerryanne's from who is conducting "Simply Christmas" There are fabulous, inspiring projects and guest artists to get you into the  Christmas spirit and lots of ideas for hand made gifts.  

Have you seen this gorgeous Purple Iris?  Oops, probably not the best background to take this photo.
You may have been to visit Lee at
Lee kindly gave up her Sunday to give her expert advice for us to finish painting the design.

What do you think of these tags?
They are made of Salt dough, easy enough for children to make.
*2 cups plain flour
*1 cup salt
*3/4 to 1 cup warm water
Knead for ten minutes~you may add touch more water or flour if necessary!
Then you can start rolling, cutting, shaping and colouring your salt dough tags.
*Wrap unused portion in Cling Wrap so it doesn't dry out.
Roll out to about 2-3 mm thickness, use cookie cutters or glass for your shape and push {permanent inked stamp} into dough and let dry on baking paper on cake rack turning every few hours.
For the hole at the top of the tags, I pushed a straw into the dough.

Now, if you're inpatient like myself, you can quicken up the speed of drying your salt dough tags using your oven.
After a few burnt, puffy, tried and tested ways-The best way I found was heating moderate oven {170 degrees for twenty minutes} turn the over off, place cake rack with decorations flat in the oven and leave over night to dry. 

 I prefer to make my tags and when dry paint them using Jo Sonja acrylic paints to decorate and varnish.
Happy creating,


Jan said...

Those are some lovely things you are showing on your blog today, I especially like the painted iris. The salt clay is something I might try. I have been using paper clay that I have purchased, maybe I will see how closely the home made product will resemble it. Thanks for the tip and hope you are having a great week!

Janet said...

I am in LOVE with that iris painting! Beautiful doesn't come close to describing it.

And the tags are really cute. I never thought of using salt dough to make tags.

Marlene said...

The iris is gorgeous. I love the tags and will take down the recipe for the salt clay. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Anna, thank you for your visit to my blog today and for your sweet comments about the pillow I made with the bird design for my friend.

Blessings to Down Under from PA in the US!


Gail McCormack said...

hi Anna

Everything is beautiful!!
I've been so busy trying to get my computers set up I've missed blogging, got lots of catching up to do, will pop over to Kerryanne's next!

Hope you can come to the market oneday

Gail xx

Wickedly Divine Creations said...

Your tags are awesome. I'll have to have a go at making some to attach to xmas gifts. They'd be great added to some mixed media pieces too. Clever lady :D
Shelley xo

lee said...

Oh I love those tags, salt dough, never heard of it, but will give it a try. Love the iris painting.

Martha Lever said...

Hi Anna,
The salt tags are fabulous!! I have never seen or heard of making tags like this and they are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!!!!

Paula said...

Hi Anna...thanks for visiting me and sharing your thoughts and experiences on being a mom:)

Love your artfilled blog! There's nothing better than a 'handmade' Christmas! Love the salt tags!

Suzanne said...

Hi Anna~ what an absolutely gorgeous iris painting! Just beautiful.
And I will have to try the recipe for the salt dough tags, thanks for posting that....those are great! They look great painted, but even unpainted they look neat too! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh I adore this idea! I know my daughter would love to try out a project like this one!

I'll stick with paper tags for now! lol....but how great would these be if they were an edible cookie dough! you'd have to wrap them, and stamp them with food colouring! but ya...that i might try!

thanks for the inspiration!

ciao bella

creative carmelina

Serena said...

I LOVE that brooch pillow, Anna!!!
Wonderful finish on the iris painting and those salt dough tags are a fabulous idea...I will be adding this link to my Blog Lovin' post shortly.

T's Daily Treasures said...

I'm popping over from Serena's place. Love those salt tag creations. Definitely something I would like to try and I'm thinking my 12 year old might like it too. Thanks for sharing! Best wishes, Tammy

Carol Mae said...

Hi Anna, Love the beautiful purple Iris. Your entered in my giveaway and best of luck. Blessings, Carol Mae

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Everything is beautiful, but zi especially love those salt dough plaques!! How clever, Anna! :-)

moncherry said...

Hi Anna,
I love your Purple Iris painting! The colours are very pretty! And gosh, can't remember the last time when I worked with salt dough. Must have been 20 years ago or longer! I think the tags are adorable!
Have a good week.
Hug Monique

Crafty Chookie said...

I hope you have a lovey time with your mum...The purple iris painting is beautiful...Your very creative and crafty...
Hugs xx Michelle xx

Martha Lever said...

Hi Anna,
Thanks so much for coming over to visit and for your comment. Have a wonderful weekend!!!!