I thought I would create a simple checkered courtyard with paper clay. It would mirror the checkered wooden floor inside the manor. My plan was to paint the individual tiles in contrasting colors as you see in the inspiration photo below.
Because of time constraint, I had to work in sections, and in the beginning it was looking OK. Not perfect, but I was fine with it.
However, cracks began to appear once the sections dried, and although I tried to patch the cracks, I am really not happy with the end result!
I think it's time to move on to "Plan B."