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Project #5

Time: 2-3 Class Periods
Difficulty: Easy
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Crayola Model Magic, White or Black
Tempera, White and Black
Roylco Texture Rubbing Plates
Roylco Insects Rubbing Plates
Rolling Pin
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Create faux fossils with Model Magic and tempera paint!


  • Step 1
    Knead 1 oz. of white Model Magic for about 3 minutes, or until it is soft and stretchy. Select a Roylco insect rubbing plate. Using a rolling pin, roll out clay until it is large enough for the imprint. Firmly press the insect rubbing plate into the clay, making a stamped impression. This project can also be created using black Model Magic. Tip: If the rubbing plate is sticking to the clay, try dusting it lightly with cornstarch or baby powder.
  • Step 2
    Using a texture rubbing plate, lightly press into the clay, creating a bumpy surface to look like rock or stone. Be careful not to press so hard that the previously stamped insect impression disappears. Allow to dry completely.
  • Step 3
    Using tempera, paint the entire surface dark grey or black. Make sure all the impressions are painted. Allow to dry. If using black Model Magic, skip this step.
  • Step 4
    Using white or light grey tempera, drybrush over the surface of the clay to create highlights. Allow to dry completely.
  • Bonus Idea
    Try this project using Leaves Rubbing Plates, too!

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