Paper Clay Brick Wall!

7 Materials
$100
2 Weeks
Easy

I love interior brick walls and this is how I made a realistic looking brick wall out of homemade paper clay.

This is the finished wall with built-in shelves.

I built shelves between the studs of this non-loadbearing wall.


More on that later.

The final brick wall is paper clay over wallpaper. I tested it for a year first and let me tell ya' it was impossible to get off! My paper clay recipe dries incredibly rock hard and is pretty much indestructible!


The gray color paper clay is made with newspaper, but I found the toilet paper, paper clay to be easier to work with.


Before doing this over wallpaper, please consider:


-Is my wallpaper in good condition?

-Is my wallpaper easily removed?

-Will adding heavy indestructible paper clay make my wallpaper fall off?

-Why would anybody do this to their wall?

-I bet that Bryan is the coolest..


EDIT:

You don't need to do this over wallpaper. You can do it to a painted wall or over wood.


Please keep in mind that it will be extremely difficult to remove from drywall without damaging it. (Sheetrock is a brand of drywall)


Drywall is covered with a heavyweight paper or fiberglass matting. I tested it myself and the glue in the clay absorbed and dried into this making it almost impossible to scrape off. It's like the clay fused with the wall.


If you worry, consider doing this to something you can hang on the wall. Cardboard and thin plywood come to mind.


*I'm getting this question a lot.


The clay is not weatherproof. It needs to be protected with an 'exterior' water and UV resistant topcoat. I put seasonal paper clay props outside with a topcoat and have no problems. They're only out there for a couple months, so I'm not 100% sure. I'll need to test a forever outside project and make a post.


They actually sell sculpting concrete products that are designed to be outside if you don't want to chance it.

My paper clay recipe is 

-6 rolls of unscented toilet paper 

-6.5 cups of wood glue (1.5kg or 3.3lbs) 

-1 cup of joint compound (dry wall mix).


1. Soak one roll of toilet paper at a time in the smaller bucket using warm water. The toilet paper tube will easily come out and the toilet paper will turn to pulp. Break up the pulp with your fingers and then dump it in a plastic strainer. Push as much water out as you can and then put the pulp in the big bucket. Do this for each roll of toilet paper. 


2. Add the wood glue and joint compound. 


3. Mix carefully at first, so the joint compound doesn't fly up in the air. Mix it thoroughly until it becomes paper clay.This is my paper clay recipe.


For me it took 21kg of wood glue, 14 cups of joint compound and 147 rolls of toilet paper.


Kind of felt embarrassed going back to the same place buying so much toilet every other day. "Ewww, it's that toilet paper guy again!"

This project was time consuming, but easy. I know that there are easier ways to make a faux brick wall, but I wanted to do the entire thing with my hands. I love artistry and the process. It's the best part of every project for me.


Anyway, I only used my hands, a spirit level and a piece of wood. I eyeballed the brick sizes and simply pushed the wood into the paper clay while balancing the level on the wood. That is it.

Here's a picture of how to do it. Just find a piece of wood the thickness you want your mortar and wide enough to set a spirit level on and you're golden.


You'll often get clay sticking to the wood. I tried putting painters tape on the end of the wood and it helped a little. You'll need to be constantly pushing the clay with your fingers. You'll also use your fingers to shape the front of the bricks.


I occasionally rubbed a red whiteboard marker on the painters tape I put on the wood, so it would come off in the clay. This is a good way to keep track of progress on big projects.

The paper clay will take a couple days to dry.


I painted the bricks with a matte red wine and I mixed my own mortar color. The black color is just diluted black paint and the white is dry brushing.

These are the built-in shelves. I made 12 and you can see how by checking out my built-in shelves post.


https://www.hometalk.com/12444913/built-in-kitchen-wall-shelves?r=2


*Be extremely careful opening up your walls.

I mixed up some joint compound and smeared it over the bricks in a couple spots. I love how it looks!

This is one of my next projects! I gave a shiny black wall light a rusty faux finish and put it on the new brick wall.


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  • Michelle Michelle on Aug 01, 2018

    Amazing, really! Super creative and beautiful result. May I ask where in the house you did the wall? Living room?

  • Antoinnette Potrzebowski Antoinnette Potrzebowski on Aug 05, 2018

    can you do this on rise of an out door step?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      You can weatherproof this paper clay with an outdoor top coat. I use an outdoor poly top coat on my outdoor Halloween props.

  • Don32906835 Don32906835 on Aug 05, 2018

    How long did it take you?

    looks grt!

  • Rj Rj on Aug 05, 2018

    Can the “bricks” go up directly on painted drywall?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      It should. I've tested this on unpainted drywall to see how well it did and it worked, but it was unremovable. It bonded with the drywall paper and was impossible to scrape off. You can cheaply make a small batch of this clay and test it. I'd love to know the results too.

  • Maid Of The Mist Maid Of The Mist on Aug 05, 2018

    Will this project handle winter weather? Thought I try it on the basement (outside) cinder blocks.

  • Hector E. Lahera Hector E. Lahera on Aug 05, 2018

    This looks great. Thanks. Did you come up with a "coverage" ratio of materials per square foot, or any other?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      Thank you! No, I mixed as I worked. I often work with paper clay, so mixing it is just another day for me.

  • Valerie Valerie on Aug 05, 2018

    How does this feel and sound when you run your hand over it?


    Is it hollow-sounding, like paper, or more like mortar?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      It's really hard. It gets heavy too. You can cut your hand on it if you let the clay dry jagged. I posted a video on my Facebook page of me hitting the wall with a little hammer.

  • Lor32563519 Lor32563519 on Aug 05, 2018

    Awesome, did you apply it to walls with your bare hands or use some sort of tool

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      I used my barehands. You'll need to take breaks to wash your hands after long periods of working with the clay. The glue in the clay dries over your hands like a film.

  • Melanie Shearman Melanie Shearman on Aug 05, 2018

    Amazing! Do you think my landlord would have a problem with my dining room wall getting bricked? 😀

    • Pat Starks-Australia Pat Starks-Australia on Aug 05, 2018

      Yep! he would, because it is not like a paint-job. This is something that he could hate....Then it will cost him money to remove.

    • Mallie Mallie on Aug 05, 2018

      Speaking as a Landlord Yes I would have a problem, but ask your Landlord in advance,,, they may have no problem at all !

    • Dami Schmerler Dami Schmerler on Aug 05, 2018

      I’m a landlord - don’t do it unless he signs off on it in writing

    • MeLynda Rinker MeLynda Rinker on Aug 05, 2018

      As a landlord, I want to know that my tenant is not going to screw up my place. Here is a suggestion: Do this on plywood and set it up against your wall. Ask your landlord if you can screw the plywood into the wall first. Then, when you leave, you can take it with you and the most that you have to fix are a few screw holes. Your project is then truly your project and not your poor landlord's responsibility. I have a few tenants that I know could pull this off an make it look heavenly, but I would certainly not want some of my tenants even thinking about doing this in my house.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      If I was your landlord, I'd do this for you!

    • Melanie Shearman Melanie Shearman on Aug 05, 2018

      I was being facetious, but the plywood idea is wonderful because I AM allowed to hang things on the walls! Thanks!

    • Melanie Shearman Melanie Shearman on Aug 05, 2018

      Aww... what a nice guy. Maybe I should move... 😉

    • Melanie Shearman Melanie Shearman on Aug 05, 2018

      I was being facetious, I’m not even allowed to paint. I’m just totally blown away by how real it looks!

  • Kim28399764 Kim28399764 on Aug 05, 2018

    Did you use this outside? How did you protect in ?

    • Carol Jackson Carol Jackson on Aug 05, 2018

      Read the article. It was used in his kitchen.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      I did this in my workshop, but I have paper clay projects I put outside. You can seal them with an outdoor top coat. I use an outdoor poly top coat and it works like a charm.

  • Brenda Krick Brenda Krick on Aug 05, 2018

    Like to do over painted paneling.

    will that work?

  • Torch Light Torch Light on Aug 05, 2018

    The brick color was painted a matte wine color, but in the pictures it looks realistically tonal. Was that due to the composition of your paper mix? The white dry brushing and addition of swipes of joint compound really carry out the look of real brickwork, too. You did GREAT--and the name "Toilet Paper Guy" will fade--eventually.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      Thank you very much! I mixed joint compound in with some of the wine color paint for a dusty look. This mix looks awesome when it dries and you just made me remember it. I'll go back and add this detail to the post. The mix dries fast, so I needed to work quickly. I completely forgot about taking pictures of this.

  • Carla Carla on Aug 05, 2018

    Bryan, your work is absolutely gorgeous! It has given me some great ideas for a couple of rooms in my home. Two questions please, sorry if I missed it somewhere, about what is the thickness of the faux bricks and did you have to apply this all at once or in multiple layers with drying time in between applications? Again, your work is beautiful and thanks for sharing.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      For bricks, I apply all of the clay at once. You don't need to worry about mold growing with this paper clay recipe. I did do some of the bricks in 2-3 layers for a kind of aged look. I did this to the mortar in spots too. Also, a thin layer will dry in a day or faster with a fan blowing directly on it. This clay is really fun to work with and keeps forever in a bucket with a lid. I'm using clay right now I mixed last year.

  • Lindajo Lindajo on Aug 05, 2018

    Do you think you paper mix would work to add a third dimension to my oil paintings? Would it adhere to art painting canvases? I have been experimenting with different materials to mold on my canvases. I am intrigued by you new recipe. It is both practical and economical. Kudos!

    • Jim Jim on Aug 05, 2018

      Yes. I love this easy and inexpensive recipe for paper-clay. I've been experimenting with this paper-clay media and others for several years. Please be sure use PVA wood glue. To ensure no bleed through of any foreign agents (from joint compound and tissue paper) into your oil paints, I would recommend top coating your textured canvases with a PVA sealer and a gesso coat. On large paintings, I prefer to use artist wood panels in lieu of canvas, since the panel will handle the extra weight of all this textured material better than canvas.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      I haven't tested this yet. Please make a post if you do this. I'd love to know how it worked.

    • Lindajo Lindajo on Aug 05, 2018

      Thank you... I will try it on a junk canvas to see how it works and to practice using the new mixture. Now look what you done...created another person with a toilet paper fetish. Hehehe...thanks again

  • Mickey Mickey on Aug 05, 2018

    u could do white or grey vs: red w a little tint /shading right?

    Di you apply to the wall w a putty type tool or smear it on by hand?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      You can paint it any color you like. I just used the wine red, black and white. You apply the clay with your hands. No tools needed.

  • Wolfen_03 Wolfen_03 on Aug 05, 2018

    I was wondering . How long did this take?

  • Joan Joan on Aug 05, 2018

    Absolutely awesome! A few questions...what is a 'spirit' level, what type of paint do you use and approximately what was the area coverage you were able to do using the quantity of supplies you listed (how long and wide is the wall)? Love your project!

    • Rose/Miros Rose/Miros on Aug 05, 2018

      A spirit level is a level with a small glass tube filled with liquid and an air bubble. It's level when the bubble is centered between two lines like this: |O|

    • Millymolly Millymolly on Aug 05, 2018

      You must be in UK or Australia! It took me ages to get used to the different terminology for things over here in the U.S.

    • Joan Joan on Aug 05, 2018

      I saw the next reply. It looks like a spirit level is just something called a 'level' . Yes, I'm not from the States, I'm from Canada. I thought ia spirit one might be something different. Lol!

    • Bijous Bijous on Aug 05, 2018

      And it's a bubble level to me. We Americans are also regional in our speech. From a soft drink, to a soda, to a pop it's all something we drink more than we should.

    • Heidi Morton Heidi Morton on Aug 05, 2018

      I love your brick wall! You are an artist, very creative.

  • Lori Cramer Lori Cramer on Aug 05, 2018

    Very creative!!doese it have to be shiny?

  • Peggylu42 Peggylu42 on Aug 05, 2018

    Bryan, do you think you could use this process for a tumbled stone effect, maybe for a back splash.

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Aug 05, 2018

    Bryan you never cease to amaze me with your creative abilities! This is awesome! In the photo that Lucy added above is what I am looking to do to a wall next to my fireplace and to the fireplace itself. My fireplace is 3 sided. One end sits against the wall with the 2 sides and other end sitting out into the floor. Not sure if I can get a pic but will try. I have many things surrounding them right now as I am doing projects and demoing things.

    ok I got it..best I could do for now. I like the look of the brick being partly under drywall like it’s been cracked and pieces broken off which is what I’m going for.

    Anyway...I never thought of making a paper pulp for the bricks. I already purchased what I am doing to the fireplace and wall but I am going to keep this in mind to use for some other upcoming projects. How do you think the brick that you made would hold up outside?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      Thank you very much! Wow, your project sounds awesome and thanks for the picture. You can weatherproof this clay with an outdoor top coat.

  • Penny Phillips Penny Phillips on Aug 05, 2018

    His it exterior or interior

  • Penny Phillips Penny Phillips on Aug 05, 2018

    His it exterior or interior

  • Irish Pack Irish Pack on Aug 05, 2018

    Is this permanent, or would it be good for renters?

    • Carol Carol on Aug 05, 2018

      If you read the post, under the 3rd photograph, he answers the question.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      It's basically permanent! Extremely difficult to get off. I've tested the clay over wallpaper, painted wallpaper and unpainted drywall with no luck removing it. Please keep this in mind if you put this clay on your wall.

    • Irish Pack Irish Pack on Aug 06, 2018

      ahh thanks, i got so excited to try it that i didnt read all the way through!

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 06, 2018

      You could make these bricks on a sheet of cardboard and hang in on the wall. I'm thinking of testing this soon.

  • PB PB on Aug 05, 2018

    Really like this! What does this cover? Yeh, I will probably try this.

  • Bob Nailor Author Bob Nailor Author on Aug 05, 2018

    How much toilet paper per batch. I attempted to calculate it, figuring 14 batches that it would be 10 rolls per batch w/ 1 c compound, 6 c glue. Close?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 05, 2018

      This recipe is: 6 rolls two-ply TP, 1.5kg wood glue and 1 cup joint compound. A double batch is 12 rolls two-ply TP, 3kg wood glue and 2 cups joint compound.

  • Rose Rose on Aug 06, 2018

    Will it work with dry wall?


  • Carol Johnson Carol Johnson on Aug 06, 2018

    Mine is a repeat question...can you tell me if this will work on plain painted drywall? And approximately how big of an area will 1 batch following your recipe cover? Could a person shape this stuff to look more like stone? Thank youyou...cant wait to try this.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 06, 2018

      It should, but please check a ball of clay on an area first. A small amount of clay will dry in a day. It takes a couple days to completely dry and you'll know, because it is incredibly hard. You can form this clay into any shape. I've posted other paper clay projects on Hometalk that you can see if you check out my profile. This recipe is for a small batch of clay. I'd recommend trying it first to see how much you'll need. You can always double the recipe. If you're doing this and have a queation, you can message my FB workshop page.

  • Wendy Macqueen Wendy Macqueen on Aug 06, 2018

    Could this work in a bathroom, too?

  • Judy Judy on Aug 06, 2018

    Will this work on an outside object?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 06, 2018

      Yes, but you'll need to give it an outdoor top coat. I put Halloween props out every year and these months are typhoon season in Japan. What are you planning on doing.

  • Mary Mary on Aug 06, 2018

    That looks amazing-- but I wonder- how did your project compare in cost to thin brick? Was it ballpark comparable, much cheaper or just a way to let your creative juice flow?

  • MELIKI MELIKI on Aug 06, 2018

    Would this work over painted drywall......not wallpaper?

  • Deb33041868 Deb33041868 on Aug 06, 2018

    Would this work as old stone whitewashed ?

  • Peach123 Peach123 on Aug 06, 2018

    Can this work on painted walls, or is it better on wallpaper?

  • Melody Melody on Aug 06, 2018

    I would love to try this so I need to ask how you sized and measured your “bricks” and did you do several in a row then mix up your next batch? They look so uniform; did you use a tool or just your fingers?

    Melody

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 06, 2018

      Hey Melody! I used a piece of wood, a level and my fingers. I put a picture of this in my post. I eyeballed all of the sizes and didn't measure anything. I was going for an old brick wall look, so this process works. You probably should measure if you want your bricks the same size. I worked in batches of clay. When the batch ran out, I was done for the day.

  • Sigrid Little Sigrid Little on Aug 07, 2018

    Could this be done on a concrete basement wall?

  • Coo33031253 Coo33031253 on Aug 07, 2018

    wow simply amazing !!!will this work on driveway walls?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 07, 2018

      Thank you very much! Did autocorrect do that? This can totally be done to drywall, but it's very difficult to remove. If you have driveway walls, I need pictures, because they sound awesome!

  • Marge Shay Marge Shay on Aug 07, 2018

    Will this work on exterior walls, by this I mean outside in the elements? Under a porch?


    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 08, 2018

      You'll need to seal it with an outdoor top coat. I put paper clay Halloween props outside every year with no problems. Those do fine, but I don't know how long something permanently outside will hold up. I plan on testing it on a shed in the future.

    • Mel Jones Mel Jones on Aug 12, 2018

      If water can get behind it it will eventual break down, you can use type s mortar mix and the toilet paper for out side use the same way . Look up papercrete videos on YouTube. There are so many available now, then there were jusat a few years ago when i started using this stuff

  • Janet Janet on Aug 10, 2018

    Looks great! Couldn't you have done this with just the joint compound? I LOL over the buying the PT every few days. You need to join a warehouse club and you can get TP in bulk.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 10, 2018

      Hey, Janet! I like joint compound brick walls, but I wanted something that could take a pounding from a hammer. You can find these hammer videos on my FB page. In my experience, joint compound alone is too brittle. I totally hear you about the TP. I belong to Costco Japan 'the only bulk store in the country' and it's actually more expensive to buy in bulk. Seriously! A six pack of beer at the convenience store is more expensive than buying six beers. Japan hasn't figured out this bulk buying thing yet.

    • Janet Janet on Aug 10, 2018

      Oh I didn't realize joint compound was that brittle. In my first apartment (back in 1978) we had a bathroom that had terrible walls. I just trowled joint compound on the entire wall and used the notched side to make a swirling effect. It worked great to cover all the cracks and holes and once painted it look fine. I guess that was a bit different than the effect you were going for. I absolutely love how yours came out. It looks like real brick.

    • Mel Jones Mel Jones on Aug 12, 2018

      The paper also gives that really nice realistic brick look that you just cant get with compound alone

    • Cynthia E Cynthia E on Aug 12, 2018

      Beyond AMAZING! This is the best faux brick I have seen.


  • GR GR on Aug 10, 2018

    That's one of the most creative and budget friendly ideas I've seen in a long while. Thanks for sharing.

    Question: How would you hang a picture or shelf on a wall with this treatment? Nails?

    Your article is informative, well written, makes excellent use of pictures… and your work is A-mazing. Thanks again!

  • Ginger Ginger on Aug 12, 2018

    I did the paper floors and love the project. Do you this could work on the floor? My thought is to do a rock pattern and poly is well.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 12, 2018

      I am actually planning a floor project now! I live in Japan and it's hard finding the products I need. I think an epoxy high traffic top coat will work well over a paper clay floor. The prices are bonkers in Japan, so I don't think I'll be doing an entire floor. I'm still looking. Please make a post if you do a floor.

  • Debra Debra on Aug 12, 2018

    What about using paper towel tubes. Just as sturdy and more to use.

    • June Miculek June Miculek on Aug 12, 2018

      He wasn't using the tubes. He was using the toilet paper itself. No tubes.


    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 12, 2018

      The tubes don't easily turn into pulp. You need paper pulp to make the clay and I find toilet paper to be the cheapest and fastest way to get pulp. I use newspaper too, but I need to boil it down to pulp and it is extremely time consuming and in the end, dries all most the same strength as the TP.

  • Tanya Layne Tanya Layne on Aug 12, 2018

    Could you do this in a basement on cement block walls?

  • June Miculek June Miculek on Aug 12, 2018

    Huge amount of work. Love your dedication. How long did it take you to complete?

  • Cbg15264125 Cbg15264125 on Aug 12, 2018

    Hi Bryan, you are truly inspiring! Do you have a picture of the entire thing? It looks like your project turns a corner and covers more area than you showed. Would LOVE to see the entire thing! I'm not quite The Talented artist you are, but I'd love to try and copy your project.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 12, 2018

      Thank you very much! I did this to two walls, but the second wall isn't finished. I will make another post when the entire room is finished and you can also see updates on my FB page. This is surprisingly easy to do and I think you can totally do it!

  • Latece Nagel Latece Nagel on Aug 12, 2018

    Hi Bryan! Does it matter on what kind of toilet paper? 1-ply? 2-ply?

  • Tracee Murphy LeBlanc Tracee Murphy LeBlanc on Aug 12, 2018

    How long did you have to work with the batch of clay before it was too dry or non-playable once it was mixed? Could you have mix dye with the clay to pre color it? Awesome job’

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 12, 2018

      The clay dries slowly and keeps forever in a bucket with a lid, so there's no rush. I've tried mixing in colors before with no luck. This clay is too moist and lumpy and in my experience, it takes more paint to change the clay color than is does to paint it. I'd love to see it done though. I think it can be done if the recipe is tweaked a bit. Please make a post if you're able to do it.

  • Myra Myra on Aug 12, 2018

    What size area did your amount of supplies cover.

    • Erica Smith Erica Smith on Aug 12, 2018

      Wow what a remarkable job!!!!!!

      I'd love to know also!! @Bryan'sworkshop how much time before it starts to cure out and no longer able to work with? Did you make large batches and store in airtight containers?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 12, 2018

      Thank you! I'm sorry, but I don't know how far a batch of clay will get you. The clay keeps forever in a bucket with a lid too. Airtight containers are best, but I also store clay in just a bucket with a lid. I've stored this clay for well over a year with no trouble.

    • Erica Smith Erica Smith on Aug 13, 2018

      Awesome Thanks so much!!!

  • Shelly Collier Shelly Collier on Aug 12, 2018

    looks awesome I have been contemplating what to do on my bedroom wall, can you put this on regular finished wall , I do not have wall paper?


    • Erica Smith Erica Smith on Aug 12, 2018

      Yes you can. In one of the pics below the shelves he cut out it's regular sheetrock. I haven't ever used a recipe like this but did a joint compound stipple effect on my bathroom many many yrs ago and I had sheetrock that was finished with paint and the new area that had just been redone, was sheetrock that was left unfinished. The joint compound adheres well just takes a couple days to dry. Itll be darker in the wet areas so don't panic when you start seeing little differences. Lol good luck!!!

      Blessings

      Erica

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 12, 2018

      Hey Shelly! It should work fine, but I suggest testing some clay on the wall first. Make a couple bricks first and point a fan directly at them to speed up the drying time.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 12, 2018

    Could this be used on a covered porch?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 13, 2018

      What's the surface like? It should work, but I recommend testing the surface first. Apply a couple bricks and see what happens. Also a good too coat.

  • Natalie Natalie on Aug 13, 2018

    I'm wondering with the fact you used wood glue, can this be done on the outside of a building and withstand the weather?

    I mean I know it'd take a lot but it'd be nice

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 14, 2018

      You can protect this clay with an outdoor topcoat. I haven't tested this on an outdoor surface, so I'm not sure how long the clay will stay on.

  • Susie Susie on Aug 13, 2018

    Was it cheaper to buy 147 rolls of toilet paper and it would be to go out

  • Susie Susie on Aug 13, 2018

    Was it cheaper to buy 147 rolls of toilet paper and it would be to go out

  • Susie Susie on Aug 13, 2018

    Was it cheaper to buy 147 rolls of toilet paper and it would be to go out

  • Brenda Brenda on Aug 19, 2018

    Can I make this compound and keep it over time in a container ? Will it stay soft?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Aug 20, 2018

      Yes and It will keep forever with a lid on it. I've kept clay for well over a year with no problems.

  • Roberta Taylor Roberta Taylor on Sep 13, 2018

    So, you could make faux stone if you live in a place where brick just isn’t seen much...

    yes???

  • Geannine Hunt Mauldin Geannine Hunt Mauldin on Jan 15, 2019

    You mention wallpaper...do you need to do it over wall paper? Or can I do it on a painted sheetrock wall?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 15, 2019

      Hello Geannine,


      You can do this on painted sheetrock, but it will be extremely difficult to remove without damaging the wall.


      Sheetrock is a brand of drywall and drywall is covered with a heavyweight paper or fiberglass matting. I tested it myself and the glue in the clay absorbed and dried into this making it almost impossible to scrape off. It's like the clay fused with the wall.



    • Geannine Hunt Mauldin Geannine Hunt Mauldin on Jan 15, 2019

      thank you for answering so quickly. I have decided to make it one thin plywood and apply that to the wall so if we want to change it later we can. I will post pics when i complete it! Beautiful work and fun project cant wait to start


    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 15, 2019

      That sounds awesome!! I cant wait to see!

  • Beverly Meyer Beverly Meyer on Jan 15, 2019

    What are the ratios of ingredients? My screen showed explanation on all the pictures except number 5. I couldn’t find any specific steps to explain how to make the paper clay. Thank you in advance.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 15, 2019

      Hello Beverly,


      My paper clay recipe is

      -6 rolls of unscented toilet paper

      -6.5 cups of wood glue (1.5kg or 3.3lbs)

      -1 cup of joint compound (dry wall mix).


      1. Soak one roll of toilet paper at a time in the smaller bucket using warm water. The toilet paper tube will easily come out and the toilet paper will turn to pulp. Break up the pulp with your fingers and then dump it in a plastic strainer. Push as much water out as you can and then put the pulp in the big bucket. Do this for each roll of toilet paper.


      2. Add the wood glue and joint compound.


      3. Mix carefully at first, so the joint compound doesn't fly up in the air. Mix it thoroughly until it becomes paper clay.

  • Chris Chris on Jan 15, 2019

    Can you do this to a painted wall... No wallpaper


    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 15, 2019

      Hey Chris,


      You can do this to a painted wall, but it will be extremely difficult to remove without damaging the wall.


      I tested it myself on drywall and the glue in the clay absorbed and dried into this making it almost impossible to scrape off. It's like the clay fused with the wall.


      I'll go back and add this info to the post. I've been working a 'wall safe' project where I make paper clay bricks on cardboard and hang the cardboard on the wall. It works well, but I think it will be easier to do this to thin plywood. I don't know when I'll finish, but it's something to keep in mind. If you don't want to damage your walls, make the bricks on a wall covering and hang it.


  • Marcia Marcia on Jan 15, 2019

    How heavy is the individual tp brick? What dimensions did you use? Can bricks be molded to fit around a corner? How do you get the uniform size? Use a mold/template?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 15, 2019

      Hey Marcia,


      I don't have the weight for an individual brick, but I would guess under 50grams. The brick sizes are about standard 215 mm x 65 mm (length x height).


      Yes, you can mold these to go around corners and you can make them uniform by using a piece of wood and a level.


      Check out the post to see pictures on how I went around and into corners and also make the sizes. No mold or template was used.



  • Janet Saipaia Janet Saipaia on Jan 16, 2019

    Hi Bryan this is creative genius! Do you think it's durable enough to be applied outside for a faux garden wall? Thinking make a frame and cover in ply then add "Bryan faux bricks". I'm keen to experiment on the woodbox base of my pizza oven too. Will give these a go and shall record the process.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      Hey Janet,


      Sounds like an awesome idea. You'll need to apply an exterior poly topcoat to protect the clay. Pick a topcoat that has UV protection and is flexible for the changes in weather.


      I put Halloween props outside and they do fine, but they're only out there for a couple of months.


      I can't wait to see your projects. :)

    • Randal Randal on Jan 17, 2019

      I wouldn't try this outside. I mean it is paper and water and will weaken it again. Just saying. If perhaps you were to seal it with a water repellent, but if I were you I would use the simulated stone that is made for outdoors.

    • Janet Saipaia Janet Saipaia on Jan 17, 2019

      Hi Randal, the paper is drenched in wood glue and plaster then dried so it has a fighting chance of surviving as a decorative effect only, not supporting anything :) Shall try it and see.

    • Janet Saipaia Janet Saipaia on Jan 17, 2019

      Thanks Bryan, I will seek out a suitable topcoat. it's more a sun issue here. A fairly moderate climate without exteme differences, we do get rain but don't get any snow so shall see how long it survives.

  • Joanie Joanie on Jan 17, 2019

    Do you use the cheapest t. paper and newspaper combined?

  • KD Redlowske KD Redlowske on Jan 17, 2019

    Bryan that is very creative. I was just wondering where you can buy 147 rolls of toilet paper, all the wood glue, and joint compound and spend only $100. Even if you could find packages with 24 rolls you would spend well over $120. However, if you can find TP at $6 for a 24 roll package, please, please let me know.

    Thank you!

    • JennieHerrick JennieHerrick on Jan 17, 2019

      You can buy tp at Dollar Tree or other stores of the like.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      Hello,


      Thank you very much! I live in Japan and used local brand products.


      The wood glue I used comes in $4-3kg bags and the toilet paper comes in $4-24 packs. The bag of joint compound was about $5, so the grand total was actually under $100.

    • KD Redlowske KD Redlowske on Jan 18, 2019

      WOW, wish TP was that cheap here! Six dollars for 24 rolls, that would mean so much to me, here it is like $20 for 24 rolls. Anyway, thank you for clarifying that cost for me, your brick wall is very real looking.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 18, 2019

      Wow, that's crazy!! You can make paper pulp out of any kind of paper. Newspaper works well. You can use paper from a paper shredder too. Just boil it until it's broken down and strain it.

  • Babbette Babbette on Jan 17, 2019

    Can this same recipe/compound for your paper clay be utilized in IOD molds (such Prima molds, etc...) ??? It would save have to purchase paper clay blocks at 11.00 per block!!!!

  • Craft Lady Craft Lady on Jan 17, 2019

    How much surface did you cover with this method? Was it an entire wall? I have a small section, about 3' X 6' to do. I don't think I would need the quantity of supplies that you used. But, I am interested in doing it.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      Hey Craft Lady,


      I covered two large walls with this clay.


      This recipe is for one batch of clay. One batch will fill a 7 liter/2 gallon bucket. The amount used all depends on the thickness of your bricks. I recommend starting with one batch.

  • Hb Hb on Jan 17, 2019

    Oh boy , I really love this and have the perfect wall for this project but have to ask , how do you keep it clean ? I am assuming this would collect a fair amount of dust . Is the finished project washable?

  • Dawn Dawn on Jan 17, 2019

    Is the last picture outside? Is it weatherproof?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      Hello Dawn,

      No, this project is inside. The last pictures were taken with all of the curtains open. This room gets a lot of light.


      The clay is not weatherproof. It needs to be protected with an 'exterior' topcoat if it goes outside.

  • Heather Saunders Heather Saunders on Jan 17, 2019

    the recipe and mixing method is very clear. How you applied it to the wall and formed the "bricks" is not? Could you further explain that method?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      Hey Heather,


      All you do is push the clay onto the wall and then use a piece of wood and a level to get all of the lines. The clay takes a couple days to dry, so there is no rush to make the lines. I eyeballed everything, but you can start by drawing guide marks on the wall to line your piece of wood up with. It's as easy as that. You can also buy a brick and hold it up to the clay as a reference. I hope this helps.

  • Em Em on Jan 17, 2019

    Your lines are so precise between the black and the brick red. Which did you paint first and how did you manage to get the edges of the brick red without touching the black and vice versa?

    • Tammy Sea Tammy Sea on Jan 17, 2019

      I read all of that in the post as well, but that still doesn't answer the question. The board was used to make the indentations for the mortar lines, not for painting.

    • Em Em on Jan 17, 2019

      Thanks Tammy that is precisely what I am talking about. The question is about paint not the board and level.


    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      Hey Em,


      Paint the bricks first and don't worry about the mortar lines when you're doing it. Just cover the entire wall with the brick colors and let it dry. The mortar lines are deep, so it's very easy to paint them with a little paint brush.

    • Jill Ron Pike Jill Ron Pike on Jan 30, 2019

      @ Em and Tammy---ohhh OK. I misunderstood...I thought Tammy WAS asking about how to get the lines so straight first, and then about the painting

  • Sherri Onorato Sherri Onorato on Jan 17, 2019

    I'd like to see the whole room done. I love this! I'm more of a Shabby Chic style designer but, for me keeping the bricks white washed would work! How long did this take you?

  • Jo Jo on Jan 17, 2019

    Cannot be cleaned often so I am guessing not good for a kitchen. Too humid in bathroom for this application?

    • Jackie Lynnley Jackie Lynnley on Jan 17, 2019

      I don't see why a washable coating could not be added to make it washable. Like a shellac?

    • Jill Ron Pike Jill Ron Pike on Jan 17, 2019

      I would think it would be OK wherever.....he said the stuff dries like concrete and doesn't come off. If you wanted to seal it, I'm sure that would be an extra measure to keep things dry.


      "Drywall is covered with a heavyweight paper or fiberglass matting. I tested it myself and the glue in the clay absorbed and dried into this making it almost impossible to scrape off. It's like the clay fused with the wall.


      If you worry, consider doing this to something you can hang on the wall. Cardboard and thin plywood come to mind."

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      I haven't had any problems cleaning it. You can always protect it with a good topcoat. :)

  • Dsouther Dsouther on Jan 17, 2019

    Why not just buy the faux brick panels they sell at Lowes and Home depot?

    • Tracy Taz Stone Smith Tracy Taz Stone Smith on Jan 17, 2019

      becau this is way cheaper and a lot more durable. I work with it making sculptures and it’s theway to go when you have large projects. Everyone should try it atleast once.

    • Jill Ron Pike Jill Ron Pike on Jan 17, 2019

      Direct quote from his post: "This project was time consuming, but easy. I know that there are easier ways to make a faux brick wall, but I wanted to do the entire thing with my hands. I love artistry and the process. It's the best part of every project for me."

    • Also, I'm pretty sure he lives in Japan

    • Bek Bek on Jan 17, 2019

      Besides, this is SO much more fun!

    • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Jan 17, 2019

      This is gorgeous and the lamp really sets it off!

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      Artistry! I love the faux brick panels and think they look great, but I love doing it myself.

  • Liz Liz on Jan 17, 2019

    Do you think this mixture would stick to ceramic tile?

    • Bek Bek on Jan 17, 2019

      Maybe? It would take prep work, though. Roughing up the tiles at the very least. You could buy a single tile in the same finish, and apply a small "brick" to that to test it. Rough well with sandpaper, clean, then give it a shot...and let us know if that works!

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      Hey Liz,

      I'm sorry, I don't know. I need to test it. Please make a post if you try it out.

  • Sharon Christian Sharon Christian on Jan 17, 2019

    Can you substitute regular glue for the wood glue? Thx and it’s beautiful👏

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      Hey Sharon!


      This all depends on the surface you'll apply the clay.

      Wood glue is a misnomer but types of it usually contain things that help it cure at different temps, bond well, withstand abuse and even waterproof the bond. Normal glue often doesn't have the cohesion needed to bond well and some brands are even safe enough to eat.


      You could apply the bricks to a large sheet of cardboard and then hang the cardboard on a wall. I haven't tested it, but normal glue will bond toilet paper to cardboard.

  • Linda Hay Linda Hay on Jan 17, 2019

    Cold you make it look like rock?

    • Jacquie Jacquie on Jan 17, 2019

      Hi Linda... I did this myself years ago, and made rocks instead of bricks... I'm going to do the bricks this spring in a stairway... LOVE this post, thanks for reminding me, Bryan. Very good instructions.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      Hey Linda!


      You sure can! You can use this clay to sculpt anything. I plan on doing stones in the future.



  • Bfn43 Bfn43 on Jan 17, 2019

    Could this be used on an exterior foundation if I put waterproofing on it after it dries?

    • Fly Fly on Jan 17, 2019

      I don't think it would last out in the weather. Most everything he used is water-based. I'm no expert of course, but I would not have thought of this as an exterior design.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      I haven't tested this yet.


      I make outdoor Halloween props with this clay and use an 'exterior UV resistant, waterproof topcoat' to protect them. They do just fine, but they only stay out there for a couple months.



  • Joy Joy on Jan 17, 2019

    What did you use between the bricks for mortar?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2019

      Hey Joy!


      It's the same clay. After painting the bricks, I mixed a dark color for the mortar and painted the lines with a small a paintbrush.

  • Jodi Jodi on Jan 17, 2019

    what were your wall measurements for the formula you used? I’m trying to figure out quantities of the materials I will need. Thanks!

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 24, 2019

      Hey Jodi,


      I don't have the measurements. The easiest way to do this is one batch of clay at a time. If it's a large area mix two batches.


      It's too difficult to mix more than two batches in one bucket.

  • JP2488 JP2488 on Jan 17, 2019

    Just curious! WHY not just use bricks? Didn't all the glue & compound cost some money to do so much wall space? None the less, you sure did a GOOD JOB😊

    • Tammy Miller Tammy Miller on Jan 18, 2019

      He stated in his directions that he likes doing it with his hands and loves the artistry.

    • NancyMaria NancyMaria on Jan 18, 2019

      And I would think the TP brick would weigh less too.

    • Colleen Baugus Colleen Baugus on Jan 19, 2019

      Kinda want to try a small space first Fantastic .

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 20, 2019

      Thank you! This was a fun art project for me. I enjoy the 'making part' the best!! All of this clay cost about $50 to make and the paint was about $40. Not bad for two large walls.

  • NancyMaria NancyMaria on Jan 18, 2019

    Nice look. I was waiting to see you use a home built mold with like 6 or 8 bricks at a time instead of one at a time.

    Also does it have to be Wood Glue, wouldn't regular White Glue work too?

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 20, 2019

      Thank you very much! No, these bricks were made one at a time. I think this process makes the brick work look better.

      The glue all depends on the surface you'll apply the clay to.

      Wood glue is a misnomer but types of it usually contain things that help it cure at different temps, bond well, withstand abuse and even waterproof the bond. Normal glue often doesn't have the cohesion needed to bond well. I'm sure there are types of regular glue out there that will hold up well, but I can't recommend any.

  • Judy Judy on Jan 21, 2019

    I love your project!! Has anyone tried this on an exterior wall? How would this hold up if it was exposed to the weather? I would like to try it on my foundation exterior wall.

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 22, 2019

      Hey Judy! The clay needs to be protected from water. You'll need to use an exterior UV resistant and water repelling top coat. I put paper clay projects outside with no problem, but I've never left a project out for more than a couple months.



  • Rhonda Shacklock-Higgins Rhonda Shacklock-Higgins on Jan 24, 2019

    Is there a certain kind of toilet paper that you used? Could I use the kind from the Dollar Tree Store? You did an amazing Job it looks real

  • Laura Jaquays Fawley Laura Jaquays Fawley on Jan 24, 2019

    Do you think I could do this and free form it like stone on the wall?

    • Mandy Mandy on Jan 24, 2019

      I was wondering the same thing!! Lol

    • Vicki Vicki on Jan 24, 2019

      Ditto

    • Kimm King Kimm King on Jan 24, 2019

      No reason why you couldn't! You could even smooth the tops of your "stones". Good Luck💕

    • Kimm King Kimm King on Jan 24, 2019

      A friend used brown paper bags, in a play, to imitate a rock wall.

    • Anna Anna on Jan 24, 2019

      And how about the 1/2 bricks with the 1/2 mortar for the old world look! I’d bet that would be really a nice combo look!

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 24, 2019

      Hello everyone!


      You can mold this into anything! Any form. There's a close up video of the wall on my FB page if you want a better idea of the texture and feel.