Saturday, September 30, 2023

Making Faces!

I love people and painting them. This is my first attempt at a dimensional character and it was enjoyable experimenting and adding the humor in creating this piece. And, what a great way to gift your friends with a crazy portrait of themselves.

Creative Paperclay®
Acrylic paint
Chartpak colorless blender
Laser print

I started by laying Creative Paperclay® into my basic shape on a panel I had laying around the studio. I could have smoothed it out with a little water but I wanted it be remain clay-like. It was left to dry overnight.

Wet clay was added to the dry clay shape to give dimension to my character and texture was added to the bow tie and eye. When this was dry, I applied gesso to my character. This sealed the clay and prepared it for painting.

I always sit with a piece before I decide if it is finished or not. After painting it with acrylics, I felt it needed more elements to tell the story of this crazy guy.

I brought out Delight® and rolled out a thin sheet. Next, came a laser print and a Chartpak colorless marker so that I could make an image transfer. The laser print was placed face down and the blender was applied to the back of the print several times. This was then cut into a shape and added to the painting. I have shown this to you previously but it is my latest favorite technique.

Here is the finished piece, Flowery Words. You never know what you will discover when you experiments with your art tools.

Dream in Color!

Saturday, August 26, 2023

I love image transfers so much that I wrote a book about them. The texture and whiteness of Delight® is the perfect substrate to use a colorless blender pen and toner image transfer on.

Colorless Blender Pen
Substrate (masonite panel shown here)
Scissors & mark making tools
Polymer medium
Toner Image

After rolling the Delight® into a thin sheet, I placed the toner image face down. The image will be in reverse which was fine with me. I then applying the colorless blender pen on the back of the toner image. As I did this, the image starts to appear on the back of the paper. Lift the paper to see how well it is transferring. If it looks light, apply the blender pen some more. Save the toner image to put in a collage. Nothing goes to waste in my world.

After cutting my transfer into a loose shape, I added curtains to give the feel of a stage and used my tracing wheel to add texture to them. To make sure that the Delight® adhered tightly to the background, the surface was coated with polymer medium before laying down the pieces. I love the opera so I am naming this Sweetheart of the Opera.

After painting the piece, dimensional letters were added. What else can you do with this technique besides using it in art? Gift tags, holiday banners, etc.

For other transfer techniques, see

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Darlene Olivia McElroy

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Delightful Hand Wall Art


I  am loving playing with Delight® and have made some very cool discoveries. Gather your supplies and join me on this art adventure.

Hand shape (cut out of cardboard or a sheet of Delight®)
Acrylic paint
Texture tools (stamps
pattern tracer, etc.)
Vintage elements

I had these hand shapes die cut for another project but thought I would try it with Delight. You can use a shaped panel or you can cut your hand shape out of cardboard or a sheet of Delight®.
I started by applying Delight® to my hand shape then brayering it flat. Then I embossed the surface with different stamps to give it texture. 

Next I brayered (rolled flat) the clay and made sheets of Delight® which I was able to cut into shapes. 

I cast a heart in a silicone mold that I was actually just using for the border and shape. Next leaf shapes were cut out of the sheet and applied them to the surface. I took my tracing wheel to make the dotted center of the leaves. It indented the leaf shape and poofed out the edges. I will definitely be doing more projects using the Delight® paper. 

After adding more leaves, a new center for the heart shape, I painted the hand shape. Then I applied vintage millinery flowers and some pearls to add more depth. With a hanger on the back, it can be hung in small places like the kitchen, bathroom or by your entry.

I will be trying this again but with different colors.

Dream in Color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Saturday, July 1, 2023

"No Place Like Home "

 "No Place Like Home"

I always have loved creating houses.. adding fun embellishments really custom makes your own ! Adding sweet quotes, metal embellishments, jewelry components ,papers and paints all helps to make them feel personal ! 


  • Wooden houses .. I had mine cut out with a scroll saw and then used Proxxon belt sander to smooth the rough edges
  • Collage papers
  • Metal embellishments
  • Jewelry components
  • Washi tape in black with glitter and one with a saying
  • Paint
  • Ink pad in deep blue 
  • Paint
  • Paper quotes 
  • E6000 glue
  • Gel medium 
Now that you have your supplies grab you wooden house and sand down the rough edges with the belt sander till smooth . Adhere the collage papers/ paper quotes where you would like with the gel medium. Let dry  and paint the the other house and let dry. You can now start building the house with all of your supplies ! Use your imagination and come up with fun and unique supplies and uses !

Enjoy creating your home sweet home using Proxxon Tools ! 

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Stranger Things with Delight® and Creative Paperclay®

Stranger Things artI have created a Stranger Things series ( where I reach into my inner child and come up with strange creatures and happy little monsters. There is a simplicity to them but things don't have to be complex to have beauty to them. The art piece will use both Delight® and Creative Paperclay® but in a simple manner that is fun and creative. Plus I will also show you how to fix a ornate vintage frame.

Creative Paperclay® & Delight®
Mark Making Tools
Modern Masters 2 part Rusting Kit
Found Objects
Amazing Molding Putty
Acrylic Paint

I love the fact that you can roll out Delight® into a thick paper and then cut it with scissors or an exacto knife. I already have ideas for some future projects using the Delight® paper (as I call it). 

Found objects and cut/textured Delight®

When working on my Stranger Things series, I start blocking in my design with objects I would like to use. I cut out my Delight® paper with both regular scissors and pinking shears prior to giving it texture with my tracing wheel. The left shape at the bottom is a paint skin that I made. 

The Delight® shape I made in the last step is now painted with a base color that will eventually be rusted. I made a circle of Creative Paperclay® that I added an eye to and which I will glue down when the clay dries. Texture was added with a rubber shaper. The found metal object will be rusted and embellished. This is the first in my Stranger Things series where I have added these two air drying clays and I am really enjoying it.
All Dressed Up
I finished my cute little monster with painting, rusting, adding found elements and hair made with Delight®. The rusting was done using the Modern Masters 2 part Rusting Kit. 

An ornate frame plays off the contemporary minimalist art but it is hard to find one that is in mint condition however they are fixable with Creative Paperclay®.
two part Amazing Molding Putty
I used two part Amazing Molding Putty to make a mold of part of the frame that was in good condition. Once both parts of the putty are blended together, I laid it on the frame. It sets up in approximately 15 minutes.

Creative Paperclay® was applied to the frame in the areas that needed to be fixed then I laid the silicone mold matching it up to the good areas of the frame. When I am happy with how it looks and it is thoroughly dry, I coat it with polymer gloss medium to seal it and then decide whether to spray gold or black.

Dream in Color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Saturday, April 29, 2023

 Hi there, I'm Susie and I'm happy to bring something different than my usual sculpt. I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration to create one of your own. I do keep my videos short, because if you're like me, I like to get to the main idea and get busy creating on my own. So here's a few pictures of my progress and then there is a video link to You Tube.

Paint your background.  I painted directly on the wooden frame.

Adding clay to the outer frame and glass

Painting everything a dark base color gives depth and shadows 

Lighten up all the dark painted areas with the color or your choice.

Add moss for more interest and texture

Little details like mushrooms, rock and birds nests give a fun touch 

Some supplies you'll need to gather:

Thrifted picture frame Masking tape aluminum foil air dry clay (I use Creative Paperclay®) water clay tools sand paper (fine grit)


dry flowers, moss etc

acrylic paints paint brushes

twinkle lights

You can find more tutorials from other design team members on the Creative Paperclay® blog. You can find my work at: www. @Artbysusiek on IG, FB and TikTok @WillowHollowWoods on IG and FB


Saturday, September 24, 2022

How to Create a Zombie Ornament


Hello everyone! My name is Cinnamon Willis and I am going to show you how I created this ornament! I had some left over plaster disks laying around after working on another project and I wanted to see if I can get some use out of them. You won't need plaster to make this ornament, you can just use some foil, paper or whatever you would like to use for the middle and cover it with the Creative paperclay.

  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sanding paper
  • Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
  • Exacto knife
  • Wool or whatever you would like to use for hair
  • Pliers
  • Flexible wire

This is some left over plaster from a previous project, I let it cure in the bottom of a plastic cup so that I could get this disk shape and use it later. Take whatever you are using for the core of your piece and cover it with paperclay

Take your wire, tie it in a knot and then cover the knot with masking tape.

Take the knotted wire, put it in the back of the flat disk and cover it with clay. Bulk out the back of the head so that the wire sits smack in the middle of the piece. This ensures that the piece hangs right on the tree, if it is too far in the back the front will dip forward towards the floor.

Here I just started working on the face a bit. After working up the cheeks I sit the piece aside to let it dry for about 24 hours.

I find it easier to work in layers with paperclay. I let the first layer dry and then come back to work up more of the features like the eyes and mouth. I go through this process about four times before things start to look right for me.

Chisel into the face with your exacto knife to further create the desired face shape for your piece.

Now that I am happy with the way things look with the face, I can begin to sand it down to get it to look smooth.

Paint your piece with acrylic paint. I wanted to go for a zombie look.

Wanted to give her a little bit of freckles to add more interest to the face. After you are done with painting, make sure you cover the piece with varnish to protect the paint.

I am using yarn here for the hair. Cut to the length that I wanted want and then felted the pieces together so that there is a base for the head.

Take your Aleene's tacky glue or whatever glue you like to use and smooth it on to the top of the head.  Then take the hair that you prepared and push it down in place.

I take saran wrap and secure it over the head with a rubber band to make sure the hair stays in place. Let it sit overnight and make sure there isn't any glue coming through the hair to glue the wrap to the doll's head.

Here is the completed piece and it is currently for sale here!

Thank you all once again for stopping by, and I hope that you enjoyed today's tutorial! You can find Creative Paperclay® at the following retailers Creative Paperclay® Online Store, Michael'sAmazon, Joann's.

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