• Jennifer Laura

DIY Intaglio Art

I see intaglio art when I'm out thrifting and antiquing all of the time. It's always super pricey (like over $100 per piece) so I skip it, but I started looking online to see if I could find something I liked that was more reasonable. Cut to me falling in love with this piece from Ballard Designs.

DIY intaglio art

But it was well over $300 for the smallest size. So I started thinking this might be a fun DIY! I ended up making my own for less than $30 and it was so ridiculously easy that I'm only wishing I had purchased more frames to make more!

DIY intaglio art

So let's get into it!

Supplies:

DIY intaglio art

- 8 x 10 shadowbox frame

- 5 x 7 (8 x 10 frame size) pre-cut mat

- 4 x 6 (5 x 7 frame size) pre-cut mat

- 1 package of white model magic clay (pictured here is also sculpey oven bake clay, but I didn't end up using that)

- a few pendants or cool shapes to press into the clay, I had these old costume jewelry pendants lying around


The first thing I did was insert my pre-cut mats into my shadowbox frame, I just used some white masking tape to attach the 4x6 mat to the 5x7 mat.

DIY intaglio art

Next I took about a 2" piece of model magic clay and rolled it into a ball.

DIY intaglio art

Once I had my ball it was time to flatten it. I just used this little stone box lid I had lying around and pressed it on top of the ball.

DIY intaglio art

This left me with a nice flat circle to work with.

DIY intaglio art

Now it was time to take my pendant and press it in to the top of the clay. I used this old costume jewelry pendant I had from college, but you could really use anything for this part!

DIY intaglio art
DIY intaglio art

Once I pulled it off I was left with this cool looking imprint.

DIY intaglio art

I decided to trim around the edges to clean it up a bit.

DIY intaglio art
DIY intaglio art

And I was left with this really cool piece! I made one more and then let them dry overnight. In the morning all that was left to do was hot glue them onto the backing of the shadowbox, pop that back in the frame and voila!

DIY intaglio art

Super fun, easy, and cheap intaglio art! I really only want to make more now. I would love to find some pretty brass frames to do this with and make a grid, kind of like this.

DIY intaglio art

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DIY intaglio art

Let me know what you think and if you end up trying this out please tag me on Instagram or Facebook, you know I want to see it!


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ABOUT ME

Hi, I'm Jennifer Laura- you can call me Jenn. My husband and I just bought a house in our dream neighborhood and we are so excited to be here! The house, while already beautiful, NEEDS A LOT OF LOVE and STYLE. Join me, a past interior designer and wedding planner, as I work to make over each room and share the process along the way.