We are a crafty bunch here and love to try different art supplies to make new projects. The opportunity came about for us to review this Quik-Sculpting Kit and we were all over it! Summertime is a great time to add more homeschool crafts and it was a blast using Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products.
What are ACTÍVA Products?
ACTÍVA is an art lovers dream. They offer Clay, Colored Sand, Paper Mache, Sculpting Materials, and More! Not only do they offer remarkable products – they are 100% wheat and gluten free, non-toxic and non-carcinogenic.
We received the Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit. The contents included:
- (2) 4 inch x 5 yard Rolls of Rigid Wrap
- (1) 8 oz. of CelluClay Instant Paper Mache
- Complete Instructions for 12 projects
As a bonus, they offer a free eBook (downloadable and printable) – ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS. In this eBook are more project ideas for you and your children. You are always free to use your own imagination and creativity. I want to point out that 3 children plus myself made more than one project out of what we received in our box. There are more than enough supplies to do more than one project and with multiple children.
Note* – Our projects were not huge and you may need more that one box for larger projects.
A little about Rigid Wrap and CelluClay.
Rigid Wrap and CelluClay come together in the Quik-Sculpting Kit. It is the easiest paper mache kit you could ever imagine. Rigid Wrap is a plaster cloth gauze and the CelluClay is an instant moldable paper mache. It only requires water to activate both ingredients, the plaster cloth and the instant paper mache. It was so simple!
I will add that other household items are needed in order to make the molds and structure of your sculpture. The box clearly states that embellishments and armatures are NOT included. You can use items such as:
- toilet paper or paper towel rolls (the cardboard insert)
- tin foil
- paper bags
- disposable items
- paint brushes
- resealable plastic bag
The instructions included are simple and easy to understand. It only takes a small amount of warm water to activate the plaster cloth gauze and the instant paper mache. We found this to be a bit refreshing really. There was very little prep involved. Have you ever experimented with regular or normal paper mache? This was the simplified version…. I promise!
How we used this!
First we browsed through the free eBook for some ideas. We also glanced through the instruction papers for more ideas. The four of us, myself and our three kids, brainstormed and decided on what we wanted to make. Then we read the directions and realized just how easy this stuff is to work with. We gathered the materials needed for our projects: tin foil, paper bag, hot glue gun, paint, paint brushes, a small bowl of water, some butcher block paper (to cover our homeschool table), scissors, a resealable bag, a styrofoam cone, and lots of anticipation. As I mentioned earlier, all these items are items we had on hand. Nothing additional was purchased for these projects. That is a win~win for this
cheap thrifty momma!
We created our creatures/sculptures from a styrofoam cone, a paper grocery bag, and some tin foil. This was fun teaching the kids how to make a mold or armature of something. After we completed our armature, we cut the Rigid Wrap into the strips the size we thought we needed. With a bowl (this was a plastic recycle type container) of warm water we dipped the plaster gauze in the water and then allowed the access water to drip off – this only took a second. We then wrapped our sculpture with the gauze, either smoothing out for smooth texture or bunching up to make ridges, wrinkles, edges, etc. It was so simple and easy…. might I add.. FUN!
After our creations dried (this did take quite a while – around a day or so, given our humidity in Florida I would imagine) we added other features to our creations using the instant paper mache, CelluClay. The CelluClay was also extremely easy to use. The instructions call for a about a half a cup of water to every cup of the dried paper type product. You mix together in a resealable plastic bag and Voila! Super fast and super simple. Easy to mold and sculpt with.
I would highly recommend adding this to your list of “to try!” These products were amazingly simple and kept our kids busy for quite some time. I will add a WARNING… It is messy! You will want to protect your work space and lots of hand washing will be needed.
I think this would be great to do at an art birthday party with a group of kids, a perfect rainy day activity, or even just because. We had loads of fun and can’t wait to order and make more.
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