Plasticine Art


When my children were younger, they so enjoyed the delightful plasticine pictures which filled Barbara Reid’s books. There were no words, only images which inspired all sorts of stories on their end, and gave their imaginations a great workout. This project involves having kids make their own plasticine art, which will provide them with plenty of fun and creative opportunities.


  • plasticine
  • base for plasticine eg. plexiglass, wood, illustration board
  • tools to create textures eg. toothpicks, Play-Doh stamps
  • pencil and paper



1. Find  a suitable surface to make your plasticine picture on. I used plexiglass, but wood or illustration board can work equally well. If using plexiglass, you’ll need a special plastic cutting tool, ruler and cutting mat, to cut it to the size you want.

Use pencil and paper to sketch out ideas and create your composition.

2. Decide on your background colours, and apply those first by pressing the plasticine down in a thin layer.


3. All sorts of things can be used to create textures, including Play-Doh stamps, which can easily be pressed into the plasticine.


4. Add plasticine on top of your base, and once your picture’s finished, combine it with some great storytelling!





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24 responses to “Plasticine Art

  1. Your work is always so stunning and awesome!

  2. I had no idea you could do such great things with modeling clay! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Tanya Macleod

    Thanks for this great idea! I’m going to try out pressing leaves and/or shells to create forest and ocean scenes (with some funky characters to be in them) with the little ones in my Nature Art club. We’ve done salt dough and clay before, but I’d forgotten all about plasticine! 🙂

  4. I’m always looking for ideas like this – different media to share with the grandkids while reinforcing principles and elements of design. Your work is so colorful and creative! I’m going to buy a few sets of Plasticine and see what happens!

  5. milamyk

    I love it! That’s serious art if you ask me! 🙂

    I hope you’ll find the time to link up with us this week:


  6. This is a new medium for me… I have never worked w/ it. Looks like it has a lot of potential. 🙂

  7. What a great idea! Your design is adorable!! Fun way to be creative. Thanks for inspiring. 😉

  8. That is insanely cute! Your talented! Visiting from CityofLinks Party!

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