Flower Fossils

blue flower fossil tiles

Hand made tiles

air drying clay

I started by measuring out the air drying clay with some wooden blocks

handmade tiles

Then I pressed leaves and flowers into each clay tile

rolling out the tiles

By putting the rolling pin on top of two pencils I protected the height of the tile whilst pressing the plant into the clay

little boy

Then I let a little boy have a go too

drying the tiles

Leaving the tiles to dry over night

Then applying almost pure water colour pigment to each tile and dabbing it off again

blue tiles

And finishing off with a coat of clear varnish

A lovely way to spend an early Sunday morning; out collecting fresh leaves and flowers from the garden whilst the rest of the street slumbers. Enjoying the sunshine and thinking about the tiles I was soon going to make at long last.

This week I’m celebrating the first year anniversary of my blog. I wanted to do something a little special to mark the occasion, so I finally got around to cracking open this bag of air drying clay that has been hanging around the house for years.

I think it’s been a good year. I’m still doing yoga every day and still taking the Yakult and lemon juice, they seem to be keeping me fit and healthy. This blog has made the biggest difference though. Instead of just having ideas, I’ve actually been fulfilling them too. I guess sharing them with you has been the motivation I needed to get started.


About Roze

My name is Roze Sherwood, I am a mother of three brilliant boys; eight year old twins and a nine year old. I’m married and live in Buckinghamshire, working as a graphic designer for most of the time and stealing pockets of time here and there to write and craft. This blog is a place for me to share the craft projects I test out on my three sons. Thank you for taking an interest.

13. March 2012 von Roze
Categories: craft for kids, Gardening, Handmade tiles, Simple Pleasures | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. I love the tiles.Your little helper loves his hat.What happen to the other two helpers?

  2. Thank you. The other two made tiles too, just didn’t catch it on camera.

  3. exquisite tiles. just want to make some RIGHT NOW. But as it is dark and I have no clay I may have to wait. They look like marzipan sweeties, i want to eat them all up. And congratulations for the blog’s first birthday. I am so glad that sharing your creative soul has given you rewards, it’s certainly nourished me.

  4. Thank you. Do make some tiles as soon as you can, it’s not a quick project but each stage is very satisfying. Send pictures of the results.

  5. Hi Roze
    These tiles are fantastic. I love them. Really surprised to see how much detail the clay picked up from the leaves. If ever you come across a way – as clever and beautiful – for displaying and dating small stones, shells, pebbles please let me know. I have a terrible habit of collecting stones wherever I go, writing on them place and date in pencil, and forgetting that pencil fades, yet pen seems too brutal.
    Lovely blog. Every time I read it, it lifts me. Congratulations on your first anniversary. And all best wishes for the next year of inspiration, creation and loveliness.

    • What a lovely habit, I think I might pick that one up too. I wonder how big your collection is and how much of the world it includes. I’d try googling stone craft and see what these people use to mark their wares. It’s a tricky one.

      Thank you for your encouraging feedback.

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