TCS009 Scottish Thistle Paper Casting Instructions
Paper Casting Instructions
Rycraft's 5" Tile Cookie Stamp & Bread Warmer

 One side is a giant square cookie stamp

The other side is a decorative tile
you can
use as a bread warmer

and use BOTH SIDES for Paper Casting!


Materials Needed:

Vegetable oil and toothbrush

Cotton linter - (see
Rycraft Paper Casting Kit and Refill)

Rycraft  5" Tile Cookie Stamp & Bread Warmer #TCS009 (shown right)

Large mixing bowl

Food processor or blender (optional)

rk or small strainer
Colored chalks and fine zester grater

Acrylic varnish (optional)

Acrylic paints (instead of chalks)


1.  Use a toothbrush to coat both sides of tile with oil to season it. Rinse.

2.  Soak tile in bowl filled with water for 15 minutes or so.

3.  Tear linter into small pieces and cover with water in blender or food processor. Soak for 15 minutes or so.

4.  Blend until linter turns into a mushy pulp.

5.  Remove tile from bowl and pour the pulp and water from the blender into the same bowl.

6.  Use a fork (or small strainer) to place pulp onto tile a little bit at a time, and keep applying until the entire tile has a fairly thick coating of mushy pulp.

7.  I allowed the pulp to go over the edge of the tile and down the side of the tile about 1/8" - 1/4" to get the uneven border shown in the bottom photos.

8.  Press out as much water as you can with your fingers pressing down on the pulp, and let the water drip back into the bowl.

9.  Place tile pulp-side up onto a dish towel and blot with another dish towel. Press down with your fingers to get out as much water as you can and carefully remove towel.

10.  Do 2nd blotting with a dry dish towel, or 2 paper towels folded twice (into quarters) and place onto pulp. Blot out as much water as possible, while working the pulp deep into the crevices of the design. Then carefully remove the paper towel.

11.  Do 3rd blotting same as in Step 10. Notice in photos on right how you can begin to see the design showing through the pulp the more you work it into the design as the water is forced out.

Repeat this step until most of the water is out.

12.  Place tile pulp-side up onto a cookie sheet. If this is the only casting you want to make with this tile, you can dry the casting without removing it from the tile – in a 170° oven for 30-60 minutes. 

Or you may dry the casting directly on the cookie sheet as shown at far right. Be sure to lift the edges of the 4 sides of the casting all the way around the tile before you attempt to lift (very slowly and gently) the casting away from the tile.

Do NOT force the casting to release from the tile, just apply gentle pressure and give it time to lift away.

If a casting won't release and tears apart, you can try reapplying oil to the tile, washing it in mild soap and water, rinsing, and then trying it again. Any ruined castings (dry or wet) can be thrown back into the blender or bowl and used again.

13.  If there are any specks in the casting, you can easily remove them with a toothpick or sharp knife, then use a dampened finger to press the pulp back into place.

14.  You can dry castings on a wire rack to allow air circulation under the casting while drying, to help prevent warping. If a dry casting is warped, you can use a spray bottle to moisten lightly the back of the casting and then gently press flat and redry.

15.  When you are finished making castings, pour remaining pulp through a strainer. Then press water out of the pulp in the strainer, press flat, and dry on cookie sheet along with your castings (see donut shaped linter shown far right).

16.  If your oven is busy cooking something else, you can place the cookie sheet on the stovetop under the oven vent (as shown right) or in any warm place to air dry, even in the sun. Or leave at room temperature overnight.

Far right is the completed "innie" casting, which can be framed as is*, or decorated with paints or chalks (as shown below). Let your imagination go.

*Optional:  Spray casting front and back with clear acrylic varnish to protect it from moisture and dust, and make it more sturdy.


Decorating the Casting with Colored Chalks:

  I decorated the casting with common colored chalk used on sidewalks and blackboards. Shown right is the color assortment I had available. I used a zester grater to grate the chalks into little piles of powder, then I applied each color with a Q-tip.

Shown far right is the completed casting. The thistle flower has several colors: orange, 2 pinks, lavender, and rust; the leaves have the 2 greens, 2 blues and yellow. I'm sorry my camera couldn't pick up the real beauty of the chalks.

Decorating with Paint:

 If you want to PAINT your casting:

1.  Spray front of casting with a thin even coat of clear acrylic varnish and let dry. Then apply a coat to the back and dry. This protects the casting from moisture so it won't turn back into pulp when you apply wet paint.

2.  Optional:  Apply a 2nd coat to each side, drying in between coats. Third coat for extra sturdiness is also optional.

3.  Apply acrylic paints one color at a time, drying in between coats of paint so colors won't run into each other.

4.  Finish with a final coating of varnish to protect painted casting. Use in a greeting card, or place on decorative paper and frame, or ..... let your imagination go wild, and HAVE FUN!

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