Friday, July 25, 2014

Kid's Project: Clay Puppets

Hi!! Chloe and Carole here with a fun Creative Paperclay® project for you.

Chloe loves imaginary play, and often sets up whole scenarios with dolls and toys. So, we decided to make clay people for her to use.

We started by forming a 1" ball of Creative Paperclay®.

Next, Chloe flattened the ball until it was about 1/4" thick. I inserted a plastic coffee stir. I found that this is easier to do if you leave the flattened ball on the work surface, and gently guide the stir into the clay.


We set these aside to dry, and made facial features for our little clay people. One nose is a tiny ball, the other a tiny flattened ball. The tongue was part of a popsicle made using a canape cutter. (I added the crease with my fingernail.) The mouth on the yellow doll was made by gently pushing the handle of a small paint brush into the clay at a slight angle. The hair was made using a clay extruder. 

As the clay faces were drying, I turned them over every few hours so they could dry evenly on both sides. When all the parts were dry, Chloe painted each of the parts. Then, we glued everything together and added googly eyes. 

Here are our finished clay puppets.


Carole

Chloe

Table Cell Table Cell

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rubber Stamping Fun with Creative Paperclay and Gloriann Irizarry


Wow I can not believe July its almost over my dear friends and summer is at its peak.
My favorite think to do during the summer is going to the beach . I got inspired by a nice Stamp set I got from US Art Quest Inc.

Now my tip will be how to stamp a straight sheet of Creative Paperclay for you to glue on mix media projects.




Make sure when you roll the clay is not too wet.
If too wet the clay will stick to the stamp.


Place the your favorite stamp pattern on top of the soft semi dry clay and use your roller to stamp the details in the clay.



Carefully remove the stamp off. If you notice the clay sticking to the stamp it means it is too wet let it air dry a little and try again.




Once you achieve the desired shape and details let it completely dry .
Do not worry if it misshaped when it dry. 
The clay sheet will curve a little when it dry, but here is my tip to make if totally flat once more.


Find the biggest and fastest book. Yeap mine was a photoshop 6 book I haven't being able to read. 
Grab your already dry probably curved or miss shaped dry clay sheet and using a bottle mist spray lightly with water on the none stamped side of the clay and placed the FAT very fat book on top.
My book has a nice non stick cover and it helped to let the piece dry in the flat surface.



see now your clay sheet is totally flat and ready to be used on any mix media, card-making or scrap booking projects. All your need is a little glue and let your imagination fly. 


I hope you had a wonderful time and feel free to ask any question or comments bellow or email me at @bygloricom

Have a bless day and remember to always have fun while crafting!
Sincerely ,




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Creative Paperclay® Koala Bear Pencil Decoration

   
 Welcome, I am glad you have come to join me!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
It's Donna from Memes Art Place and this week I decided to make something that the kids would have fun with. The kiddos will be headed to school soon. (they start in August in Colorado)
So why not let the customize some of their pencils. I see snakes, monsters, and maybe aliens! I did a koala bear.

Lets get started!

Supplies:
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Pencils
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paintbrushes


Get out your Creative Paperclay® and your pencils
 Start making your shapes of what you have decided to make

 I then placed my bear onto the pencil (my idea of the bear)
I continued to work with my bear and wrapped his legs around the pencil
Here is a closer look (not the best picture) This is my bear after it has dried overnight
 The bear can be taken off the pencil to be sanded and painted. It slides off and back on again.
 Here is my palette of paint and that black thing in the middle is the first coat of paint on my little Koala bear

I just layered paint to where I thought he was done.
He turned out so cute!

I can't wait to do this with the G-kids!

 



Thank you for stopping by and spending a few minutes with us here at Creative Paperclay®!

Remember to play with your Creative Paperclay® and have FUN!

Want to see what I am up to visit me at Memes Art Place

Friday, July 18, 2014

Simply Perfect Creative Canvas Layers with Rachel Whetzel


Hello, out there in Creativeland!! It's Rachel Whetzel, here. Once in a while, I feel like a project is so simple, it's probably TOO simple. Then I remember that simple can sometimes be totally AWESOME, and this is that kind of simple. My project today is part of a project I'm working for Gauche Alchemy, and it is the background canvas for a different piece of artwork. Today, I'll show you just how simple it is to use Creative Paperclay® as part of a mixed media canvas. This is the kind of project you can have your kids do. It's also great for beginners who want to amp up their art work, and make something they are pleased with. It's also perfect for projects with limited time. It's Simply Perfect. (see what I did there...?)

WHAT YOU'LL NEED to make your own canvas:

  • A sturdy canvas. I have plywood cut at my local hardware store, then I cover it with dictionary paper
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Paints. I use Folk Art acrylic craft paints.
  • Stain. I used Valspar antiquing stain
  • Paint brushes
  • Embellishments. I used a butterfly wall cling I bought from the Dollar Tree years ago.
  • Texture. For this piece, I used a doily I bought at a yard sale.
Get your canvas surface wet, and layer your clay onto it. In order to get the right shape for my doily, I traced it onto the canvas before I started putting on clay. 
 Next, I pressed my doily into my still moist clay.
 Then I carefully lifted it out of the clay. If you find that clay has stuck to your cloth, rinse well with water while the clay is still wet, and it will come out easily. Allow your clay to dry, and then get to work painting on some layers!
I painted my colors on, and then used stain to add dimension to the doily. Topped off with a butterfly and some dotted swirls, and my canvas is ready to go!! Be sure to check in at  Gauche Alchemy in August, to see the completed piece I am creating using this background! 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Creative PaperClay ® Tip for July with LuLu Lancaster




Hello :) This is LuLu Lancaster and today I have my monthly Tip.
 I thought about this months blog post while I was sculpting, and was pondering what could I tell you that would be of use. I think I have covered painting and sanding and just plain sculpting for the fun of it...but I had not shared the tools I use.

While there are a multitude of tools out there, I find that while using Creative PaperClay® I use some that are sort of non conventional,
and the one I use the most is attached, my hand!
My scarred up, dry skin, non manicured hands!

My fingers fit the eye sockets of my art dolls in just the perfect way. My thumb is the right size for smoothing the jawline. My middle finger can work wonders on the brow. Nothing can squish the clay or add water to it quite like my hands either. 


While my hands are my most used tool. I do have some odd tools as well, that nothing else seems to do the trick like.

I have an xacto knife for cutting clay
aluminum foil for adding crinkle texture or just armature
crochet hooks for effects and getting into crevices
dental tools for tiny details
wire ear and nose detail sculpting
brass tubing under lip detail
and many others!
chopsticks
dowels
screwdrivers
actual clay tools too! 

But my hands are by far my most used tool

Basically you do not have to go out and buy up all the fancy clay tools out there.
 You have one of the most versatile already with you (your hands) 
and then I am sure you have many more odd useful tools laying about the house <3

Thank you for reading along and Have a great day sculpting :D
LuLu



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Using Creative Paperclay With Your Scrapbook Projects -

I am a card maker first...a scrapbook'er second...and a "crafter" third!!!  What has been more fun for me - is learning different tips for using the Creative Paperclay product - and then altering it for what I do best, or being able to get out of my comfort zone and do bigger projects!!!  I am working on a family album - pictures of my husband and I, 2 of our kids...and some of our extended family on both sides - from a visit to our home state in 2012!  The album will be a vertical paper bag album...the pages are not quite finished... and will be shared on my blog directly when I do have them done.  I love using Creative Paperclay with/as embellishments, making them a one of a kind - and specific to the project at hand!  This project is no different!  


Supply list:
1 package Creative Paperclay (small portion)
Flower & leaf mold
Alphabet template 
Xacto knife
Paint
Die cuts - leaf stem, flowers
Punch - small flower
Hot glue gun
Roller of some sort

                                                               **I am not giving directions on how to cover the album itself, only in molding the flowers and leaf, and making the letters for the title of the album.  If you need directions for the album cover itself, go to my blog (link below), and you will find it listed on the right hand side saying Vertical Paper Bag Albums!  Should you need any other information, or you just can't find it, please send me a message at memoriesintyme@gmail.com!**



Directions: 
Step one:  Start to roll out 1/3 of the Creative Paperclay (less/more if you need to).  When I do mine, I use a rolling pin - you don't need to have the clay really thick, see picture to the right for how thin I roll mine out to.  
  

 Step two:  After you have rolled out the clay, mold some of your favorite shapes.  I used flowers and a leaf - using the Creative Paperclay that is rolled out.  Let dry thoroughly, paint to match your project.  


Step three:  Using an alphabet template and Xacto knife, cut out the letters for the title you are doing, using the Creative Paperclay you rolled out.  Allow to dry thoroughly, paint to match your project. 

**TIP - As you are working with the clay - make sure you have a bit of water and paper towels with you.  After you cut your letters out, you can get the excess taken care of by a bit of water on your fingers to soften up the edges of the cuts before it dries.  Do the same with the flowers and leaves as you take them out of the molds!

Step four:  Looking at the project you are doing - create your background...   Since I am making a Vertical Paper Bag album - this project is for the title - of the album that goes on the front cover of the album, with the flower embellishments.   

Step five:  Start to put your project together...  Starting with the letters spelling out the title of the album, add the first word to your project.  Repeat for any additional words you have.  

Step six:  Add any die cut shapes - such as the leaf vine and flowers to the bottom, overlapping with the top color. When that is done, add the Creative Paperclay flowers and leaf to the die cuts using a hot glue gun.    

Step seven:  Using a small flower punch, punch out different colors of paper - add them sporadically on the bottom of the project and on the letters as well, again by using a hot glue gun.


This has been a really fun project for me to do, for many reasons!  As you can see in the photo to the left, there are hidden photos underneath the paper where the title itself is, where the flowers and stems meet at the bottom!  
I especially have liked reminiscing about being able to spend a short time with family members - on our way to my husband and son going to school!  And, as we spend more time with family, they can be added to the album in the various pockets included in the album!  
If you don't scrapbook - picture a fun wall art piece, with or without photos...  Simply use what you have available to you - along with basic art supplies, and you are sure to make a one of a kind masterpiece!  The best part about this Creative Paperclay stuff - the different things you can do with it!!!  I hope you have as much fun in your creations, as I have this one!  
Lynda Jeffs
Creative Paperclay Design Team
and Memories in Tyme   







Friday, July 11, 2014

Tips By Memes Art Place


Hi! It's me, Donna from Memes Art Place.

How is your SUMMER going? 
Mine is busy and it seems like it is going fast! Where did June go? 4th of July is gone......!

Hope you are enjoying yours!

Today I have a few tips you may or may not know. I hope you find them helpful.

  1. Creative Paperclay can be colored by adding ink or paint right into the Creative Paperclay
  2. Did you know that Creative Paperclay can adhere to most surfaces with just a drop or two of glue, even glass!
  3. Did you know if you use a open circle, you can cut out your own custom buttons. Just add holes to them so that you can sew them on to something. 
  4. Make sure while using Creative Paperclay you always have plenty of water to use and smooth out areas that are rough or cracked. Using water helps prevent the Creative Paperclay from drying out while working with it. (This is one I did not know when first working with Creative Paperclay.)
  5. Fingernail files are not just for fingernails! Nope you can use your emery board files for sanding some of those hard to reach areas.
  6. See that bunny up there? He needs some work. When I go to add Creative Paperclay to him I will make sure that I wet the area very well, then start to adhere the soft Creative Paperclay to the dry Creative Paperclay. He needs more cheeks and his tail is squished.
I hope some of these tips help you. If you have any you would like to share, I would love to hear them!

Thank you for stopping by the Creative Paperclay blog, we love when you visit!

If you are wondering what I have been up to...You can find me at Meme.s Art Place