Monday, February 8, 2016

Chinese Dragon Figurine

Happy New Year! Today is Chinese New Year, and to celebrate, I created this happy little Chinese Dragon. By spreading the project over several days, you eliminate the possibility of accidentally ruining a part of the project that hasn't yet cured. I often use this technique for large or very detailed projects.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 package Creative Paperclay
  • 2 - 10 mm beads
  • aluminum armature wire
  • foil and foil tape
  • gesso, paint, varnish, brushes
  • faux fur or feather trim
  • glue

Day One:
  1. Start with a length of armature wire measuring the total length desired from nose to tail.
  2. Wrap small squares of foil around one end of the wire forming a base for the head.
  3. Cover the foil head with a thin layer of Creative Paperclay.
  4. Press beads into place for eyes.
  5. Continue adding clay and sculpting the face and head area until satisfied.
  6. Allow to dry overnight or until completely dry.
Day Two:
  1. Shape wire for front legs and attach using foil tape.
  2. Repeat for back legs.
  3. Wrap small squares of foil around the neck and body.
  4. Cover neck and body with a thin layer of clay.
  5. Allow to dry overnight or until completely dry.
Day Three:
  1. Wrap tail and legs with foil.
  2. Cover tail and legs with a thin layer of clay.
  3. Add smaller gauge wire for horns.
  4. Wrap horns with floral tape and cover with clay.
  5. Add details (scales, toes, etc.)
  6. Allow to dry overnight or until completely dry.
Day Four:
  1. Sand lightly if desired.
  2. Paint, allowing dry time between coats.
  3. Using a dab of glue, add tufts of faux fur or feathers.
  4. Have fun with finishing touches! Add gemstones, gold leaf, beads... the sky's the limit!

About Kerrie
I am a mixed media sculptor working primary in clay. Though clay is my passion, at the core, I'm simply a maker, a builder, a creator. Making things makes me happy.

I make videos about making things and post them on my channel KerrieLeeArt on YouTube and on my website

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fun Valentines Day Altered Can Project

When you give gifts out to your friends and family - are they works of art, or are they just shoved in a bag?  I love to reuse things - like coffee cans, to create one of a kind creations to put presents in - normally I am a shove things in a sack and here you go kinda gal!!!  Today's project - how to create your own one of a kind gift container, which can be tweaked for just about any kind of holiday!  Let's get started! 

Supply list:
Can - your choice of size... I use an MJB coffee can (empty of course)
Paper of your choice
Delight product
Heart cookie cutters
Glitter glue
Heart punch
Border punch
Die cuts 

Step one: Using the Delight product, flatten an entire package out to your desired thickness.  If you are reusing the Delight product after you have cut shapes out - simply roll in a ball - and flatten back out!

Step two:  Start to cut out hearts with your heart cookie cutter.  Repeat step one using the leftovers.  Set aside to allow to dry.


Step three:  Take your can and start to cover the outside in an attractive manner.  Measure the outside of your can and add about 1-2" extra paper to allow for you to glue the whole thing down.  

Step four:  Start to add the extra's that will make the can unique, such as a border using the border punch, die cuts or embellishment's that go with the theme you are working on.  

Step five:  After the Delight hearts are finished drying, decorate them with punches and glitter glue.  When glue is completely dry, add to the can.  With  the pink can, I added a bow, with 2 hearts on the top of the ends of the ribbon.  With the red can, I added a black heart on each of the Delight hearts, with 1 heart accented in the glitter glue.  

With these can's - you can customize to just about any gift giving event you have, or plain (in a favorite color) for "just because"!!!  Each of the cans are different, with tags created (directions on Memories in Tyme blog) to match each one!  They are a bit bigger - I wanted something they could frame if they wanted to!  

**Tip - watch for cookie cutters at Walmart for .98 cents for about 5 individual cutters!  Or - grab a coupon and go to your local craft store and get them!  You can even check out the thrift stores too!  I spent almost $5.00 at Michael's for 4 cookie cutters, went to Walmart later on - and found them for .98 cents! 

Cookie cutters, added with Delight or Creative Paperclay - can create so many different things!!!  Accents for your scrapbook albums or cards...magnets...or embellishments for altered items!  One package will go a long long way - unless you are making a larger item!!!  Delight product will dry quickly - and can be put in the microwave to create a more 3D look.  Creative Paperclay will dry hard and non-breakable, ready for acrylic paint!!!  So, depending on what you are looking to do - either product will help you get started in creating really fun one of a kind items!  I have a video coming up - tips on using molds to create embellishments and other fun things - I hope you will join me in 2 weeks!  

Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs 
Creative Paperclay Design Team     

Friday, February 5, 2016

February First Friday Fan Day

Need some inspiration for your next Creative Paperclay® project? Check out what folks are making with Creative Paperclay™.

Elf Statuette
Angel on Twig
Bunny in a Basket
Paperclay Sheep
Friendship Heart Charm
Fairy Heads
Winged Heart Jewelry Piece

Strawberry Cupcake

  1. Use the hashtag #CreativePaperclay on all your social networks.
  2. When using Facebook, be sure the your posts and images using the #Creative Paperclay hashtag are set to public, otherwise we won't be able to find you.
  3. Share your projects on the Creative PaperClay® Facebook page.
I'm always trolling the web, looking for great Creative Paperclay® projects. If you find something, post it on our Facebook page.


Find the answers to your paperclay questions. See what other folks are creating. Stop by our Facebook group and say, "Hi!" Creative Paperclay Q&A

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Simply Hearts Magnetic Photo Frame

 My February project from last year was a photo holder, and this year I'm making another one.  This one is a simple project that kids can work on too!

To create your own, you will need:

Delight™ air dry modeling compound
metal cookie sheet
magnetic tape or strips
plastic wrap
acrylic paint in your choice of colors
acrylic varnish
masking tape
plastic baggies
craft knife
*optional - heart-shaped cookie cutters

After choosing the photo you'd like to use, place it on the paper and trace around it,  Add a 1/8" to 1/4" line inside the tracing on each side.  This will be used as a guideline for your frame.
When you've finished making the pattern, tape the paper to the back of the cookie sheet and cover it with plastic wrap.  Tape the plastic wrap in place as well.

 Now cut the magnetic strips to fit around the outside edge of the frame and lay that in place.  It doesn't have to be exact (my daughter is making one of these with me, and hers is the very neatly done one on the right)

Cover the magnetic strips with a layer of modeling compound.  We just pushed ours all around it, but you could also roll it into strips and lay it over the top.

Color some of the clay with acrylic paint by putting the clay and paint into a baggie and squishing both together until they are combined.  Start with just a few drops of paint, then add more to get to the desired color.

Now press or roll out the colored clay, and use cookie cutters, your own heart shaped pattern, or just freestyle cutting to create heart shaped pieces of various sizes.  Add these to the frame as desired.

Continue layering heart shapes until you are satisfied with your design.  Set the frame aside to dry.

When the frame is dry, carefully peel it from the cookie sheet.  Use scissors to trim any ragged edges or areas you want to change.  I rounded the corners of my frame and trimmed the little bits of clay off from where I had pushed it onto the cookie sheet.

Varnish with desired finish and you're done!  Put your photo behind it and stick it to the fridge or other magnetic surface, and enjoy looking at your loved ones!

Thanks for joining me here again this month!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Sandee's bibliophile magnet

While collecting refrigerator magnets from tourist locales use to be a souvenir enthusiast's hobby of mine; I have turned it into making my own art magnets. Sometimes they are motivational and sometimes they are just for fun. Either way I love having a little fridge art of my own.

I used Creative Paperclay to create a bibliophile magnet; for next to art, reading is a favorite past time for me...and owls, oh I do love owls.

I used ColourArte's Primary Elements mixed together with a gel medium to color the Creative Paperclay leaves. After the first coat which then sealed the Paperclay it was very easy to add layer upon layer of wet color to get the depth I wanted.

The owl was heat embossed which worked fantastically and was also another method of adding color and sealing the Paperclay at the same time.

All the steps to making my magnet are in the slide might be surprised to see what the owl is mounted on.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Creative Paperclay Easter Bunny Egg

Spring is just around the corner so let's hop on in early with our decorations by making these cute Easter Bunny eggs! I show you how easy it is in my newest video.

Supply List:
Creative Paperclay
Mache or Styrofoam egg
Various sculpting tools

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Little Monsters on a Sick Day

Under the weather on a cold winter night but still had the need to create. So I started with aluminum foil over my fingers. I applied Creative Paperclay® to the foil and shaped it. I pulled them off my fingers to let them dry overnight. The next day, I re-wet areas in order to add details.

Aluminum foil
Creative Paperclay®

I think I will just keep making these until I feel better then have a monster painting party with my friends.

Dream in Color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy