DIY Greek Intaglios: A DIY That’s As Easy As Pie!
Friends, this DIY Greek Intaglios project is as easy as it gets! Before we begin, let me ask you a few questions…
Are you a non-crafty person like myself? Are you an impatient, slightly attention deficit person like me? Do you detest spending valuable time reading through complex instructions on a project that could possibly end up looking like Mr. Bean did it?
If you answered yes to all those questions, then you are in good company my friends, because I have the perfect DIY for you!
This DIY Greek Intaglio project is so easy that you can make it with your children! With a few affordable products you can create dozens of intaglios for your home. They would even make a lovely gift for a friend!
Greek Ingtaglios: Simple Yet Stunning
Let me just say that I LOVE Greek intaglios. If you have never heard of them, do a quick Google search and see for yourself! There are many online stores and shops that sell framed Greek intaglios that I could stare at for hours. They always look classic, elegant and timeless, and just plain stunning. But…I have yet to find any that I can make a reasonable argument as to why I should purchase one, let alone a set. (And let’s be honest, they look way better in a set!) Because every framed set of Greek intaglios that I have found online are very, very, very expensive!
And yet, I really, really wanted some! So, I thought, maybe…just maybe, I could make my own!
So I set off to find the right products. This is where my Montessori training came in handy. I’m well versed in art products for children. Right off the bat, I thought to use air dry clay! It has a deep, clay-like consistency (hence the name “air dry clay”, obviously), that dries hard from…you guessed it…air!
Then I began thinking of what material I could use to make the imprints. Most intaglios I have seen online usually have a human figure or bust, but I didn’t have any luck finding such a tool with a human face on it.
So I came up with a wax sealer. You know, the old-fashioned way people would seal their envelopes, (as opposed to the pre-stick envelopes we modern people are used to. Like the one George Costanza’s fiancé died from licking). There were so many beautiful sealer choices, but none were of human form. But that was okay with me! I was ready to change it up a bit…make my product a little more unique.
The Products I Used
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To make the Greek intaglios all you will need are three products:
- Air dry clay. You can purchase it from Amazon here.
- Wax sealers. They can also be purchased from Amazon here.
- Hot glue gun. You can purchase one from Amazon here.
How to Create DIY Greek Intaglios
First, roll the air dry clay into balls. You may need to play around with the amount and size, but basically you want the ball to reach the diameter of the wax sealer when it gets squished down. Also, you want it to be fairly thin when squished, but not so much that you can’t peel the intaglio off the sealer.
Next, you will squish the ball down as shown in the picture above. Like I said earlier, you want it to be about the same diameter as the wax sealer. Make sure it’s not too thin or thick either. If it is too thick, you won’t be able to fit it into your picture frame.
Third, make lots of intaglios. You probably will get some intaglios that will crack and break. Make extras in case of casualties.
Now let the Greek intaglios dry completely. This may take a day or so. Have patience. Make some coffee. Run after your children. You will forget about them until a few days later when you notice them still sitting on your desk. Then you can assemble them in your picture frame.
Now, you will lay the Greek intaglios in the order you like onto your paper. My picture frame mat had an opening for an 8 x 10 picture, which gave me room to lay out more intaglios. I ended up with 9 intaglios, laid out in three rows of three. Your frame might be smaller or larger, so use your discretion to lay out what you think looks best.
Last, hot glue the Greek intaglios onto a white piece of paper. A sturdy paper like card stock would hold up best, but construction paper should work as well.
Enjoy your gorgeous Greek intaglios in a beautiful frame! I have another DIY that shows you how to create your own beautiful gilded picture frames. Find my super easy DIY budget friendly gilded picture frames tutorial here!
I hope you enjoy creating your own Greek intaglios. Please comment and share if you do!