Monday, July 6, 2020

A Whimsical Snail

Did you miss Clay Talk last week Thursday? We made a cute whimsical snail!



Isn't he adorable? I used Delight Clay™ to make it. I pre-colored the clay with Pearl Ex Powders and added a few highlights when it was dry. If you don't have Pearl Ex, not to worry. I also went over what else you could use.

Here is is in my garden.


And here is the video showing you how to make him.




For those of you who don't know, Clay Talk airs on the first Thursday of every month at 8pm EST/5PM PST on Facebook Live. Here is the link to the Creative Paperclay Modeling Material Page where the show is hosted. I usually host the show but sometimes another fabulous design team member fills in for me. Don't forget to mark your calendars!

Thank you so much for stopping by! You can share your creations with us on our Facebook page. We would love to see them! For more inspiration have a look around the blog. There are tutorials for many levels using Creative Paperclay®. You can also visit my blog https://suzettehussey.com/blog/


You can find Creative Paperclay® online at Creative Paperclay Co and also at MichaelsHobby LobbyDickblick, and Amazon. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzette

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Friday, July 3, 2020

July 2020 First Friday Fan Day


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


Plaited Planter
Funny Face Planter/Bowls
Clay Mushrooms
Hanging Flower Vases
Sculpt Planter without a Kiln
Fairy Garden Mushroom Gnomes
Bird Brooch
Kid's Project: Clay Puppets

HELP US FIND YOU!!
  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.

GOT QUESTIONS???

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
Carole

Friday, June 26, 2020

Learning From Our Past, Creating a Sankofa Bird Sculpture


Hello everyone, Cinnamon here and I am going to show you how
I created this piece. The “Sankofa” is a symbol used by the Akan people
of Ghana, which translates to "Go back and get it". It's depicted as a
bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It is
 the importance of going back to our roots to learn from our past so
 that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward in the future. 

Materials: Creative Paperclay®,Wire 16 guage, Masking tape, Exacto 
Knife, Sand paper, E600 Craft Glue, Acrylic paint, Sealer, Varnish



Begin by shaping out the frame for the piece which would be the armature. 
This gives the piece a  solid structure to be able to build on top of.




When you are done with the wire portion of the armature, you 
can begin to bulk it out with either masking tape or aluminum foil. 
I use masking tape because I always have an issue getting clay 
to stick the foil. Use what ever you feel comfortable with.




Here I am putting the first layer of paperclay. I always have a
rough start with the first layer so I'm not looking for detail at this 
stage. Set it aside and allow to dry for roughly 24 hours.




After the piece dries, go on to working up the second layer. On this
 layer you want to smooth the clay out while you work so that you'll 
have less sanding to do after it dries. It helps to smooth a drop of water 
on while the clay is still moist to get some of the wrinkles out.




After setting the piece out to dry again, it is time to sand it smooth. 
I am using an 800 grit sheet of sand paper to get it nice and smooth.




This is a reference photo that I made of the Sankofa bird. I wanted to add
 my own twist to it and not necessarily copy one that someone else created. 
The first one is a popular one that is often used and the other ones I drew 
myself in illustrator. I took pieces from the first and gradually made 
changes to it in each version that followed.




I added a bump to the bird's neck so that it would establish the head of the bird.




I had a few details to work out with the the tail feathers so I used some
 of this product that was sent to me to try out from Creative Paperclay®. 
I don't know what it's called but the texture is a little thicker then modeling
 paste and it dries really hard. I was able to mush it into those hard to 
reach places in between the feathers without disturbing them. When it dries,
 it is just as sandable as the paperclay. I wish I could tell you what it is!




Here I am just painting the piece black so that it could look like 
some of the African wood sculptures that I have in my collection.

 
 

I decided to paint the egg gold since it represents knowledge
 and knowledge is golden. I just stuck a small sewing needle into
 the egg so that it would be easier for me to paint it. You can do 
what ever works best for you.




I decided to lay the egg on the back of the bird instead of putting
 it into it's mouth like I originally planned. You can use glue to
 put it in place, I just used Aleene's Tacky glue.

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,

See more of my work at Melandolly.com and be
sure to catch updates on my Instagram page




Saturday, June 6, 2020

June 2020 First Friday Fan Day


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


Miniature Village
Rustic Clay Tags
Clay and Driftwood Spoons
Chandelier Mobile
Clay Birdhouse

Trinket Box
Yarn Bowl
Magnets: Kid-friendly Project
Gift Boxes

HELP US FIND YOU!!
  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.

GOT QUESTIONS???

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
Carole

Monday, June 1, 2020

A Coral Canvas

Hello and welcome to another tutorial. Summer is in the air so I decided to do a lovely mixed media piece using corals and shells that I had made in previous tutorials here on the Creative Paperclay blog. I have linked both lessons for you below.




Isn't that amazing?

To see how I made the corals go here. 

To see how I made the seashells go here. 





The supplies I used in this canvas are below:


  • Corals made from Creative Paperclay and Delight Clay
  • Seashells made from Delight Clay
  • Art Anthology Shine Dimensional Medium - Kelly and Canary
  • Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional Medium  - Marigold and Gecko 
  • Sorbet Dimensional Paint  - Carnation and Flamingo 
  • Spray Varnish
  • 5.5” x 12” canvas
  • Folk art  Acrylics  - Blue Cayman,  Turquoise, 
  • Apple Barrel Acrylics - AB Bimini Blue,  yellow flame and white
  • Gel medium
  • Sand
  • Crushed eggshells 
Follow along in the video below:





I do hope you enjoyed this tutorial. You can share your creations with us on our Facebook page. We would love to see them! For more inspiration have a look around the blog. There are tutorials for many levels using Creative Paperclay®. You can also visit my blog https://suzettehussey.com/blog/

You can find Creative Paperclay® online at Creative Paperclay Co and also at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Dickblick and Amazon. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzette





Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Quick & Easy Texture with Creative PaperClay

Quick & Easy Texture with Creative PaperClay
by Linda Hess


One of my favorite things to do with Creative PaperClay is to turn it into a "sludge" and use it for texture!  Here is a quick and easy tutorial so that you too may use it for eye-catching details that have people asking "How did you do that?"

Materials:
Creative PaperClay
water
container for making "sludge" (I used a metal lid)
stencil or texture sheet
plastic wrap
surface to layer paste on (watercolor paper, canvas, wood, etc.)

Step 1:  Open the package of Creative PaperClay and pull a small amount off.  Place into the container for making "sludge".  Wrap the remainder in plastic wrap taking care to press the air out or you may be sorry!


Step 2: Add water a little at a time and mix into the clay.  
NOTE:  I have a spritz bottle that I purchased at the Dollar Tree (a set of 3!) that makes it very easy.  I use my finger to mix, but if you don't like getting messy use a popsicle stick or the back of a spoon.  Mix the water in like you are kneading a loaf of bread.  Add more water as needed.  Make the "sludge" too watery and it will flow under the texture or stencil.  Keep it too thick and it won't spread smoothly.  Once you are happy with the mix, it will be time to move on to the next step.


Step 3:  Place the texture sheet or stencil in place.
  

Begin smearing (yes, that is the technical term) the "sludge" over the texture, pressing it into the nooks and crannies.  I find that spreading in one direction and then coming from the other direction makes it easier to fill.  



Step 4:  Check to make sure all desired areas of the texture/stencil are filled.  Then carefully remove the texture/stencil to reveal the raised design below.  
NOTE:  Sometimes there will be a little overflow into areas where you may not want the texture to be.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy fix!  Just use a fingernail to gently remove the extra OR press the overage over.  For the design below I wanted the texture to remain in the one rectangle area of my painting, so I gently pushed the "sludge" over into the rectangle.  In a couple of other areas, I simply removed it by scraping it off the page.


That's it!  Set your project aside to let the Creative PaperClay dry.  I used watercolor paper for my design.  Once the Creative PaperClay dried, I painted the rest of the project.




I hope you have enjoyed this quick & easy tutorial.  

Have fun creating!



Friday, May 22, 2020

How to Create a Wall Plate Sculpture

wall plate sculpture


Hello everyone Cinnamon here, I am hoping that you all are home safe and sound. I've been doing some home improvement projects since the quarantine, so I decided to work on a wood wall plate cover that I brought some time ago. I will walk you through the steps that I took to create this project.



Supplies: Creative Paperclay®, unfinished wood base switch plate cover, 
Pencil, Sand paper, Acrylic paint, Sealer, Varnish





I started out my design by sketching out my idea directly onto the plate with a pencil.
I went with the robot that I created in a previous tutorial out of a vinyl toy. He was inspired by a toy that I had as a child.




Creative Paperclay does well with adhering to porous surfaces such as wood. In the
photos above, I am painting water onto the areas that I want to stick clay to. I dabbed
a drop of water onto the clay as well and mashed small pieces to the damp surface of
the plate until they were held securely. I shaped the clay as much as I could in this 
damp state with my clay knife and continued to fill out the sketch.





 After you are done building up the clay and shaping it, sit it aside 
and allow it to dry which would be roughly 24 hours. You can always
come back and add more clay by using water as I did above.




When the piece dries and no longer needs clay to be added
to it, sand it down to smooth out the rough edges. I am using
an 800 grit piece of sandpaper to get it nice and smooth. 




The great thing about paperclay is that you can draw on it. Here
I am mapping out some details from the robot to be painted later.




I am used acrylic paint to finish up the piece. I find
it easier to work on the background first and then 
work my way up to painting the smaller details.




He looks a bit different from my first robot Alphie, 
but they at least look like they can be related. I have a
hard time painting small letters so I left them out this time.







Here is the plate out in the wild. Thanks for following! 




*****Stay Safe, be well and take care!*****

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