I happened upon an artist on Instagram, Katie Taylor of Rustic Garden Market, who makes the most beautiful clay pieces embellished with nature. Her work consists of clean, white ornaments with realistic imagery of leaves and flowers. Clearly, she is a woman after my own heart! After we chatted a bit on Instagram, I asked Katie if she would share her artistic process with us. She has written and photographed the steps to make a botanical print clay dish to display rings. It’s made with mint and her talent for painting the leaves to look realistic is exceptional. Please visit Rustic Garden Market on Etsy to add some of her fantastic work to your collection.
By Katie Taylor
I have been immersed in the garden industry for my whole life. Both of my parents are horticulturists and always have been. Growing up, I rebelled against it, pretending I hated the trees my parents were always talking about. As I got older, I realized that I loved nature just as much as they did. I have always been amazed by the size of the trees that tower over us, and the beauty of a plant emerging from the chilly ground after a long winter. About a year ago I started impulsively picking up leaves whenever I walked the dog. I had an idea that if I pressed them into clay I could make unique, one-of-a-kind ornaments and mementos that I could share with my family and friends. And so my little project began and quickly turned into the Rustic Garden Market where I now share all of my creations with anyone and everyone who comes across my Etsy shop.
- Oven bake clay (I use Sculpey, which comes in many different colors!)
- Cutting mat
- Parchment paper
- Rolling pin
- Bowl for measuring
- Exacto knife
- Leaves, flowers, or stamps for pressing into bowl
- Acrylic craft paint
- Water for painting