Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Add a Dash of Micro Beads

I love micro beads and mixing them with Creative Paperclay®. It is like adding jewels to my projects. And this trick is so easy.

Silicone mold
Polymer medium
Micro beads
Creative Paperclay®

Coat the mold with the polymer medium. While wet, sprinkle the beads evenly. Immediately press in the paper clay, remove and let dry.

Depending on the project I use the clay natural or color it ahead of time. Great for collage elements, ornaments or gifts.

Dream in color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Meet our new Design Team Members

We are super excited to introduce our newest Design Team members, this team will start in May and will add a new and exciting tutorial here on this blog to help you create with Creative Paperclay and Delight.

We feature our FANS on the First Friday of each month "First Friday Fan Day" - So stop by for to see if we found you.  Also, we have a gallery full of past tutorials, from beginner, advanced and tips and tricks.  We hope you stop by and see what we create and share your projects with us on our group page.  Creative Paperclay Q & A.

Leave the team a big Congratulations!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dry Clay, Wet Clay

I have bags full of cast Creative Paperclay® objects to use in future pieces of art. I love it's adhesive qualities and the fact that I can add fresh clay to dry clay pieces or embed dry cast objects into fresh clay.

Creative Paperclay®
Creative Paperclay® cast objects
Art surface
I had this painting started and wanted to addapply a halo with clay. While it was still damp I made the halo shape and smoothed it out.
I stamped into the halo with a rubber stamp then pushed the dry cast objects into the wet clay and glued the rest of the flowers to the surface with glue. Next thing will be to add paint but still at the stage where I am debating adding any more objects to the piece.

Dream in Color

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Friday, April 7, 2017

April First Friday Fan Day

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

Cats Made Using Toilet Paper Rolls and Paperclay
Faux Cactus
Paperclay and Washi Tape Easter Ornaments
Stamped Clay Bowls
Sculpted Paws for a Doll

Paperclay Hummingbird

  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, March 28, 2017

Giving a New Face to an Old Piece of Art

Oh, my. I have so many art remnants from teaching, writing art books and experimenting. Periodically I go through them to either experiment more or to give them a new life. Man Oh Man, It's raining men, started as a piece from one of my books, Alternative Art Surfaces.


Piece of old art
Creative Paperclay®
Cast objects
Acrylic paint

I applied a wash of gesso over the surface to back down the image. This helped me to reclaim it and give start a new narrative. My work is all about the story.

After braying a sheet of Creative Paperclay® onto my surface, I stamped, stenciled and added cast objects. The flower was a dry cast Creative Paperclay® object while the others were damp when applied to the surface. I smooth out areas with a little water on my fingers. I wanted the escutcheon to be partially buried in the clay to give the feeling of age.

  Once it has dried, I coated it with a layer of polymer medium matte to seal the clay before painting. I finished it by lightly applying foil to the piece.

Reclaim an old piece of art that you have lying around your art space and enjoy the process of starting again.

Dream in Color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cast & Scupted Creative Paperclay Floral

Being a mixed media artist allows me to expand my techniques and art aresenal. I would have a lot less art stuff if I stuck to one media but I love it all. One thing I love to do is to finish off my art with texture and I achieve this with both cast and suclpted Creative Paperclay®.


Acrylic paint
Silicone molds
Creative Paperclay®
Sculpting tools
Soft gel

Before casting my objects, I mix a dark blue acrylic paint in a bag with my Creative Paperclay®. It keeps my hands clean and allows me to mix the two completely. Then I apply the colored clay to my silicone mold and let it dry thoroughly. At that point I can glue them to my surface with a soft gel. The bees on the right hand side of the papers were also done this way. I finished them off by rubbing a lighter color of paint on them.

I lightly dampened the surface of the painting then applied the clay in the shape of an orchid. Using several different tools, I started blocking in the shape and smoothed the edges with water on my fingers. When finished, I let dry then painted it with my acrylics.

Dream in Color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lynda's Beginner Tips

So, how do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time LOL!!!!!  Same thing where Creative Paperclay is concerned - how do you learn, one step at a time!  I do a lot of paper crafts, from mini albums to cards to entire scrapbook albums to bookmarks.....and the cutest embellishments I have made right now - are done with really cute molds!!!  You can purchase them at most of the craft stores, I found really cute ones in a section I normally wouldn't think of - an alphabet one that would be perfect for some of my creations!  If you need any help in how to use molds, I have a video you can watch on YouTube - check it out here:
I love using molds - and can't wait to find even more to go with my paper crafts!!!  
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme and
Creative Paperclay Design Team 2017