Friday, September 19, 2014

Witch's Spellbook with Rachel Whetzel

Hello, out there in Creativeland!! It's Rachel Whetzel, here. It's starting to feel like Fall here in Oregon, and Fall puts me in a spooky mood, so I took some inspiration from the interwebs, and decided to create a Spell Book to add to my Witch's Apothecary Halloween display! 
WHAT YOU'LL NEED to make your own canvas:
  • An old phone book
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Sandpaper
  • Paints. I use Folk Art acrylic craft paints.
  • Stain. I used Valspar antiquing stain
  • Paint brushes
Get your phonebook sanded up, to help your clay cling to the surface. 
 Because my phonebook had colored pages I didn't want to show, I painted the outside of the pages to make them all look uniform.

 Then, I wet my cover, and started building the "cover" of the book.
 I also carved the words "Book of Spells" onto the cover while the clay was wet, and then painted the cover black once my clay was dry.
 Sand your cover to smooth it out, and create a leathery look to the overall piece. I used gold paint to highlight the title of the book, and wiped off the excess.
 Here's the finished piece, with some of my other Creative Paperclay® pieces from years past.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Carnivorous House Plant Project by LuLu Lancaster

It's the most wonderful time of the year :) Halloween is coming it is raining here and I am ready! Every room of my home will have some little spooky critter or creature lurking. Join me in creating a carnivorous house plant or 3 or 4 :)

Gather your 
small gauge floral wire
masking tape
Creative PaperClay®
miniature clay pots
some cheese cloth
and acrylic paints

Create a T shape with your wire

take a small amount of Clay. enough for the bottom of your pot.

Cover your wire T with masking tape and invert. Poke through the clay.

remove the upside doen T 
this will be your plant head and stems

cover each stem with clay and create a head out of a ball of clay
you can split the head for a mouth :)
create eyes from smaller balls of clay and attach to the wet clay head with a little bit of water.

make leaves for hands by elongating the balls you have attached to the side stems.
using a toothpick you can create teeth, by pulling through the clay.

add nostrils and tiny grooves in the stems to add character :)
Once dry you can use some tacky glue and attach the cheese cloth to the inside of the clay pot.
another dab of tacky glue and attach the plant base to the inside.
Now you can paint your plant to creepy perfection!!!

Thank you so much for following along!
I hope you have enjoyed this project :)

LuLu Lancaster

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Creative Papercaly® Elephants WIP-DONE!

Hi Everyone!
It's Donna from Memes Art Place, so happy you have come to join me this week!
Remember those cute little elephants that my grand daughter and I did?
The ones I left in Minnesota?
Well they flew back here with those big ears! If you need a refresher on how to form these elephants just head HERE!
So these little guys had some work done!
They were painted with Acrylic paints and sealed.
They even grew a little tuff of hair! This was done by poking a hole and adhering some embroidery floss into the hole and ta da!!!! We have hair.
               Adds some fun to this cute roly poly elephant! 
Here is another shot!
 Look at this cutie that my Grand daughter has made!
                  Check out his hair, it is sparkly!
Turned out so well! I love to have the kids work with Creative Paperclay® they can let imaginations fly and you can't do it wrong! Anything goes!
We will have these memories forever and something visible to remember the day!
 The two together.
 So much fun!
 I think you should pick some Creative Paperclay® up and share it with a child!
Think of what you could spark in that child?

Before I go I need to share something with youuuuuu!!!!!!!

We are going to have a blog hop!

If you love may want to link up and be part of this amazing hop!

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Who knows what kind of scary stuff you might find...........

These were also made with my Grand daughter!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the finished projects!
Please remember to give Creative Paperclay a try, you might just LOVE it!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tips for Working with Creative Paperclay®

Here are a few of my favorite random tips for working with Creative Paperclay®.

  1. Keep the material damp. Work with the smallest amount that you need, and keep the remainder in the packaging and then in a sealed zip-lock bag.
  2. Work on a non-stick surface such as a Teflon craft mat or freezer paper. Some folks use waxed paper, but I find that it isn't strong enough, and eventually wilts. Baking parchment will do in a pinch.
  3. Allow ample time for your project pieces to dry. Overnight is usually good for smaller, thinner pieces. Thicker, larger pieces will take longer.
  4. You can speed drying time by placing your project pieces in a very low oven, around 225°F.
  5. To get your pieces as smooth as possible, use your finger or a small paint brush dipped a into water, then gentle smooth the surface of the piece.
  6. Don't be afraid to work with the clay!! Knead it in your hands. Let it "talk" to you. Enjoy the creative process.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Creative Paperclay® Masquerade

I have been invited to show my art in an invitational show, Masquerade, and decided to add a Creative Paperclay® mask and cast butterflies to my painting. I marked on my art where I wanted the mask to go with a water soluble crayon. See the light white line on the left. Then I started adding the clay.

Creative Paperclay®
Paint or metallic rub
Silicone Mold
Small Round Objects
Silver & Gold Rub

BTW - The name of the piece is Fly Bye and is a 12" x 36" mixed media on panel.
I completed my design and added small round objects. I thought they might pop off but they are well stuck into the clay. Then I let the clay dry.

I tend to work in very thin layers so this is a comfortable way for me to add texture and dimension to a piece. Plus it is always fun to mold something from scratch.

Once it was dry, I painted the piece then added both gold and silver rub.

Hope this added more ideas to try on your art.

— Darlene Olivia McElroy

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Winter is coming! Snowspook full tutorial by Gloriann Irizarry

It getting colder and colder every day in the beautiful Upstate New York. Winter is coming!
All these cold mornings sure had inspire a new twist to the classic winter icon character.
So let's welcome the Snowspook bygloricom and now it is time for you to see how this project was completed. Now let's grab a bag of Creative Paperclay® and be ready have fun and sculpt.


Creative Paperclay ®
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer 
Aluminum foils
White Gesso
Acrylic Paints by Martha Steward (Pearl baby blue, pearl orange, glitter sealer)
Acrylic black pearl by FolkArt
Felt Snowman hat
Strip of fabric for scarf
Fake snow 
11X14 blank canvas
Clear spray sealer 
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
 Heavy duty paper towels ( Bounty or Viva works best)
Wood stick for hands from nature. 

For a good 3D wall art you need to begin with the armature. the best way to make it is with aluminum foil. Star sculpting a rough shape of the snowman. It doesn't have to be perfect since this foil will be later remove to make the piece lighter and hollow.

Here is the approx shape and size for the 11X14 canvas of my 3D wall art.

Roll your clay to no less than 1/4 inches thickness. If rolled too thing it will difficult you  to add more clay since the dry clay will be get wet and soft with the adding of each new layer of wet clay .

Roll a big sheet. This will facilitate you the application for the first layer of  the Snowspook.

Cover the aluminum foil core and try to shape it to the rough idea of your Snowspook.

Set aside and let it dry. Trick to faster drying is a NuWave oven to cheat a little. This air blowing oven in a low set temperature will  dry paperclay in half the time. 
Make sure the first layer is completely dried before adding any new layer . You will know when it it crispy to the touch and the color is much much lighter.

If you feel comfortable with your sculpt skills you can remove the aluminum foil now. If you want to have a more solid piece to work the final details feel free to leave it in.

Expose the hollow piece check for any holes or thin patches and add more clay from behind to strengthen the piece. 

Now remember to work the details in layers and always listen to the clay. Yes the clay will tell you when it need to be dried before another layer is added . You will star to notice your piece getting smoochy and too soft to handle . Stop there and let it dry.

I added some of my belly and face details. It doesn't have to be perfect since these enhances and gives character to any Snowspook creation.

 Leave the teeth for last. It will make a lot easier to sculpt them in place and add more details to them.

Just check that the belly are the shape you want and correct any detail you feel it needs a little more clay or remove any excess with your craft knife or sand it off.

Sand it and have in mind the sanding doesn't have to be perfect baby bumb smooth. 
Being rough is what snow is all about. Also acrylic paints have a hard time to adhere to smooth Paperclay surface so give it little roughness to adhere to better

I do like to add a cover base of Gesso . Gesso will seal the Creative Paperclay® and will not need so many layers of the Acrylic paints for the details. Let the Gesso dry completely.

After the Gesso is all dried we can dilute a little of the Martha Stewards acrylic light blue paint and lightly cover the entire Snowspook and let it dry.

Now that is all dry lets add the Martha Stewards acrylic pearls orange paint to the carrot nose.

Dilute some of the Black pearl FolkArt acrylic paint with lots of water and with some wet paper towels wet it in the watery paint mixture and lightly dab here and there to give the old age to the snow. For best result use  Bounty or Viva since they are more resistant under water situations. 

For the eyes use the dry brush technique. Wet the paint brush and remove any excess paint off in a wet paper towel then lightly dab the swirls little by little with the black pearl FolkArt acrylic paint. 
It might need more than one layer depending on the effect you want you Snowspook to have.
Use some of the water black paint to accent the teeth too. Sealed with a coat of the Martha Steward Glitter paint. 

To achieve a more Glassy eye look and wet mouth feel. Use the 3D Crystal Lacquer on the eyes sockets once the base eye job paint has dried.

Now do not worry for the fade look the Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer will dry crystal clear but this will take some time. In the mean time let it dry completely flat on his or her back.

The canvas doesn't have to be complicated. A simple Aqua blue with splashes of baby blue will do.

Just paint the canvas in a white base and apply big drops of  different tones of blues and once your done with all the dots use a big soft brush and use a one direction stroke every single time until your satisfy with the base. Let it dry.

After the canvas base paint is dry. Spray heavily with the clear sealer until is really wet. You will need the extra sealer to hold the glitter and fake snow in place with out the need to gluing it in place .

Now have fun glittering the canvas and adding has much fake snow you want in it before the clear sealer dries. Now don't be shy have fun with your glitter and feel free to make a mess. 
This is my kids favorite part. 

While the canvas dry we can work with the different wood stick to see which one will look best for hands. Cut trim and measure the lenght you want your Spookman to have. Drilled the size holes and secure the sticks in with the Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue.

Glue the hat at this stagewith Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue so it look best once the Snowspook is glued to the canvas.

Use plenty of Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue. 
Not to worry clean any excess has best you cant but this glues dries clear so it works good.

Add the fabric strip to the Snowspook and with a few drops of Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue position the fabric to give the feeling is moving by the winter breeze freely in the canvas.

Find any accessories you want your Snowspook to hold and place it in. Found this big Glass heart necklace and love to add it. Now it looks like this spook froze your heart . 

Let check the photos of the different angles for you to enjoy the 3D wall art effects and why I always love the result I  get working with blank canvas and Creative Paperclay®

Making Spookman could be the best way to welcome this early winter weather. Feel free to make has many has you want in any shape or size. They easy and fun to make. With just a little practice and determination you will see your dreams become true.

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Have a very bless day and remember to always have fun while crafting.