Friday, June 22, 2018

How to Create an Artdoll Bust with Creative Paperclay®

Hello everyone! My name is Cinnamon Willis and I am going to show you all how to create an Artdoll bust using Creative Paperclay®.

  • Chicken/poultry Wire
  • Thin wire
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Sand paper
  • Wool
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sealer, Varnish
  • Fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Aleene's Tacky glue

Start with a sheet of chicken wire, cut it down to the size you would need it to be for the head, neck and shoulders for your piece. Start shaping it with your hands and pliers, be careful not to poke yourself. I usually take the ragged ends of the chicken wire and fold them into each other. Take the lose wire and weave it if needed to fasten the ends of the chicken wire together.

Take your masking tape and wrap it around the piece completely. You could paint a layer of gesso on top of the tape so that the clay could adhere better to it, or you could cover it with a layer of newspaper with paper mache paste as I have done here. The paste could be as simple as water mixed with flour if you take that route.

Which ever way you decide to go, make sure that the piece is dry before you start adding the clay to it.

Start adding clay to the base. Once the piece is dry, you could begin working on the details such as the face shape and features. This can be done by adding a drop of water onto the places that you would like to add clay to and blending the new clay into it. Don’t worry about getting things perfect when working with moist paper clay, most of the sculpting is done when it is dry.

Allow the piece to dry for roughly 30 hours depending on how thick the layer of clay is. This can also be sped up with a toaster oven set to approximately 200- 220 degrees. Make sure to check on it every twenty minutes to ensure it doesn’t get burned.

Use an exacto knife to carve out features and sand the details until you are satisfied with them. This takes a few attempts of building up with the clay and taking it away to get things right or close to how you would like them. When I am happy with the piece, I use a 400 grit sandpaper to get the piece smooth.

When you are done with sanding, you can paint your piece. I use acrylic paint, soft pastels, and sometimes colored pencils for the details.

When I am done with this process I use a sealant to protect the paint job. I like the results I get from the Winsor and Newton Matt varnish, as you can see, it gives the doll a nice satin finish.

At this stage I add the hair. I like to use wool since the strands are thin and don't look like spaghetti in proportion to the size of my dolls. You can use hair from the hair shop as well, but keep the thickness of the strands in mind, and figure out what is right for you. I use Aleene's Tacky glue to attach the hair to the piece.

When you are done with the hair, you can now make an outfit out of fabric for the piece and adorn as you would like.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope that you enjoyed today's tutorial! You can find Creative Paperclay® at the below listed retailers.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Molding and Repurposing with Delight®

Hello everyone! Jenn here today sharing a fun project! Have you ever tried Delight™ air dry modeling compound from Creative Paperclay®? It is so versatile and dries fast! When used with silicone molds it holds its shape and so much detail can be achieved!
I had this boring cardboard box that I wanted to use. With it's tall shape it will make a great storage box for markers!

I coated the box first with heavy white gesso twice and allowed it to dry. Next I used a Prima silicone mold with Delight™ to create the pretty strips. I bent them around the box to get the right bends and let them dry.

Using a matte gel medium I adhered the strips around the top and bottom of the box. I then created some flowers using silicone molds and Delight™. These were also left to dry.

Supply List:
Silicone molds
Matte Gel medium
Heavy white gesso

The Delight™ is amazing for molding embellishments for any project! Join me for my July post here where I will reveal the finished, painted, and embellished box!

Thanks so much for viewing my post today! I hope that you are inspired to give this amazing clay a try and create something amazing!
Creative Paperclay® and Delight™ are conveniently available for you to purchase online and at the below listed retailers.

Until Next time Stay Creative!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Jim Dine inspired heARTs by Linda Hess

In my roll as an art teacher I love to expose the students to new artists as well as materials.  Ask any of my students (no matter the age) what is the favorite medium and you will get a resounding "CLAY!".  What better way to introduce my 3rd graders to the work of Jim Dine than with a mixed media project that includes Delight™ Air Dry Modeling Compound!  Let's get to work.

I have my 3rd graders once a week for 45 minutes.  This project took a total of 3 weeks to complete.  Today's blog post shows the first week of creation: the heart 💜

Delight™ Air Dry Modeling Compound
watercolor markers (my classroom is stocked mainly with Crayola⌐)
texture tools (plastic texture sheets, wire tools, toothpicks, etc)
damp paper towel

Step one:  I opened each package of Delight™ clay and cut the block of clay into 8 pieces.  Each student received a piece of clay with instructions that the entire piece of clay had to be used during classtime to create a heart.  The piece of clay needed to be divided into however many colors each student wanted for his/her heart.  Once divided, the clay pieces can be placed on the damp papertowel and the towel folded over to keep the clay moist until ready for use.

The really cool thing about the Delight™ clay is that it accepts color easily.  I demoed how to dab the marker onto the clay and then fold/mix the color in.  Deeper color saturation can be achieved by dabbing and mixing multiple times. (PLEASE NOTE:  Colors will dry lighter than they appear while "wet")

Many of the students were so into the mixing process that I had to remind them to start creating a heart!  Others only heard the "dab color and mix" ignoring the separate colors instruction (ooops).  Thankfully I only had one or 2 who ended up with "mud" clay.

Step two:  Begin forming the heart.  
This (of course) is a freeform project.  I demoed how to take a ball and roll it to form a teardrop.  The teardrop was then flattened and then top dented in with the back of a plastic knife to create the heart shape.  If working with children you will need to give helpful hints such as "Do not flatten it as thin as a piece of paper!" "Use gentle pressure" and "make sure it does not stick to the table!"

The students quickly got into layered hearts much to my excitement.  2-3 hearts were stacked (in different colors), snakes of clay were wrapped around, dots of clay embellished...we had a whole lot of creativity going on!!

  Step three: texture and embellishment
I am all about embellishment!  A plain, colored heart makes more of an imact with the addition of texture and design.  We looked again at pictures of Jim Dine Hearts.  They are so vibrant in both color and design.  The 3rd graders immediately started using wire tools, texture sheets, toothpicks and pencil tips to bring the hearts to life.  Oh My Goodness, so gorgeous!!

I always tell my students "Your piece is not going to look like mine or your neighbor's or your best friend's.  It will look like Yours and that is the way it should be". One of the students who ended up with "mud" during the mixing process was much happier with his heart once the detail was added. 

Step four:  Set the hearts aside to dry
I have stackable wire racks ( a clearance find a few years ago) that I placed the hearts on to dry.  The wire rack lets air circulate around for more even drying.  If left on the wax paper (seen above) the top will dry, but the bottom may stay damp.  Since I only see my 3rd graders once a week, the hearts had plenty of time to dry by the next class.

Next up:  More pattern and texture!
craft sticks (I used the thinker tongue depressor type)

Step one:  Craft stick crayon resist
Next class I had each student retrieve his/her heart.  Then they chose enough craft sticks to create a surface large enough for the heart to be mounted on without overlapping (most took 6-7 for the base and 2 more for the sides).  FYI for teachers: Have students write names on the bakc of every single stick!  Trust me, it will make life much easier if anyone doesn't not complete the "bakcing" in one class!
We talked about crayon resist and the need for a firm pressure when creating the patterns on each stick.  Students were instructed to add patterns to every stick, leaving space between the patterns for paint.  Of course I had a few friends who decided to just color and not paint (gotta love those "dare to be different" friends 💜).  Once the patterns were completed, they began to watercolor.

 We let the sticks dry before arranging them to form the backing. (NOTE:  I used 6 sticks,side by side, for the backing and then glued one more stick along each edge to hold the frame together.  Students decided if the glued pieces would become the top/bottom or the sides of the frame.  Once complete, the hearts were glued in place.
Art by Olivia M (left) & Angelina O (rt)

Step two: Wire & beading
This step was completed during the third class.  I predrilled holes, one in each corner and one in the center of each side and the bottom.  Beads and wire were put out. 
As you will see from the pictures, some of my students do not understand the term "less is more" (haha).  They definitely had a great time embellishing.  I sadly had a substitute for this final day, but she sent me process pictures and I got to see the finished mixed media hearts upon my return.

I think Jim Dine would be amazed at how the children were inspired by his art.
 Art by Olivia V (left) & Paige E (rt)
 Madison C (left) & Kendra (rt)
 Jasmine D-V (left) & Isabelle G (rt) 

 Diego R (left) & Alexis C (rt)

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Necklace with Creative Paperclay® Face Pendant

Necklace with Creative Paperclay®
Face Pendant

Creative Paperclay® Sculpted or molded face
Black or White Gesso (I used Liquitex brand.)
Acrylic Paint (I used Silver and Violet)
Paint Brush (Gesso can be hard on brushes.  Use cheap foam brushes for this.) 
Metal Leaf or Metallic Foils
Mica Powders or Metal Pulver (I used Eberhardt Faber Pulvers in purple, green, & blue)
Ranger Perfect Medium or other adhesive for leaf, foils, & powders
Fine wire - I used 30 gauge.  This is for adding beads and other embellishments to your pendant.
Assorted beads and embellishments
Bead Stringing Materials – I use Medium Soft Flex® Beading Wire
Jewelry Findings – To finish off your necklace you will ned crimp beads and one clasp
Leather, Suede, or Felt – Just a small piece to cover the back of the pendant for a professionally finished piece.
Glue – e6000, Fabri-Tac, Barge, or other heavy duty adhesive. 

What's on my Workbench Wednesdays? 
Today I have made a Necklace with a Creative Paperclay Face Pendant

I've been experimenting with Creative Paperclay® and Delight Clay modeling materials.  I am new to working with both of these mediums so there will be lots of test pieces as I explore all of the fun possibilities.  As a sculptor I especially love faces.  I am quickly amassing a collection of faces that will never become full sculptures.  As my collection of faces grows I am thinking up lots of ways to use these spare pieces.  The possibilities are endless!

Here are a few of my test pieces.  The blue one is made with Delight Clay.  Delight Clayis pure white out of the package.  I made this one blue by mixing in some alcohol inks.  I like how once the ink is blended into the Delight Clay modeling material it becomes fully incorporated and doesn't stain your hands or work surface.  This material sculpts and holds detail amazingly well for being so soft and marshmallow-ish straight out of the package.  I will elaborate more on that in another post.  The other faces were made from Creative Paperclay® using molds of some of my original sculpts.  As a side note, sometimes I sell my molds and faces.  Hit me up if you need some for your projects (

One of the things I like to do with these Creative Paperclay® faces is to make jewelry.  They make great brooches, pendants, earrings, beads, bracelets, and hair ornaments.  The toughest part for me is deciding which face to use and what to make with it.  The options can be mind boggling!

I like them all but, I have decided on this face for today's project, a necklace with a Creative Paperclay®  face pendant.  For your project you can use any face mold or sculpt your own.  Even simple sculpted faces make great jewelry!
I thought she should be dressed up a bit so I gave her a beaded headdress.  I made the headdress using one of my texture sheets. 
Roll out a bit of Creative Paperclay®, press into lightly, oiled texture sheet or rubber stamp, decide what part of the design you like best, cut to fit across forehead, moisten forehead with a bit of Creative Paperclay® slurry (just add a bit of water to a pea sized bit of Creative Paperclay®.) to adhere headdress to forehead.  Play around with the placement before sticking it on permanently.  I also added a few sculpted details on the sides.

Since this is a pendant you will need to add holes for stringing it up and adding beads and embellishments.  Use a needle tool or a toothpick to make holes on either side for stringing and adding optional embellishments.  You can drill holes with a simple hand tool after it's dry if you prefer.  When I don't know what the piece will be used for I often leave them without holes.   The beads will be added later but I made sure to add extra holes across her headdress to add a band of bling.After the Creative Paperclay® face and headdress is dry you can lightly sand the surface to remove any imperfections.  

Optionally, you can add a couple of light coats of gesso sand after each coat dries.  I used white gesso first and then black.  No reason for this really.  I just didn't know where this piece was going.

Paint your face with acrylic paints.  I used violet and silver mixed together because I wanted her to be metallic.  I dabbed the paint on randomly with my finger.  A brush, sponge or dabber would work as well.

At this point you can add metal leaf, foils, mica/metal powders if you would like. I also dabbed a bit more paint over the metal leaf. 

Allow the paint and adhesives to dry completely then add a couple coats of sealant or varnish.  Allow your sealant or vanish to dry completely between coats.

Now comes the fun part!  Decorate your Creative Paperclay® face pendant with beads, crystals, feathers or other embellishments.

Different background and lighting give her a completely different look.  Look at your piece in natural light, once she's dry before adding your sealer or varnish.

Now comes the REALLY fun part!  Using complimentary beads create an original, show stopper necklace!  Glue leather to back of pendant.  Allow glue to dry completely.  Wait at least an hour.  Trim off excess leather.  

Finally you get to the Really, Really fun part…. Wear your gorgeous new creation with pride!  BRAVO!  You did it!

I hope you have had as much fun creating and wearing this necklace as I have!  I still have a collection of tester pieces to work with.  Come back for more cool ideas and projects!  Creative Paperclay® and Delight™ are conveniently available for you to purchase online and at the below listed retailers.

I'll be back with more "What's On My Workbench Wednesday" fun on the first Wednesday of each month.

Until then, stay creative!  


Monday, June 4, 2018

DIY Mushroom House Using Delight Clay™

Hello, welcome to another tutorial. Today I will show you how to make this beautiful mushroom house using Delight Clay™. You can place a battery operated tea light inside and watch the light flicker through the windows. Isn't that awesome!

Supply List

Delight Clay™

2L Plastic Bottle
Acrylic Paint
Americana Gel Stain -OakDiorama turf (optional)
Paper flowers (optional)
Glue Gun and sticks
Paper towel

Follow along in the video below to see how to create this masterpiece.

You can find Creative Paperclay® and Delight Clay™ online at Creative Paperclay Co and also at MichaelsHobby LobbyDickblick and Amazon. 

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

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