Friday, December 19, 2014

Photobooth Prop Phrenzy with Rachel Whetzel

Happy HOLIDAYS, Creatives!! Rachel Whetzel here! I've been a busy elf this season, helping with some projects for the Christmas Party at my husband's work. One of the larger projects we're doing, is creating a photobooth area. Employees can get dressed up, and be silly while taking their pictures at the party! We've made a TON of the props, some signs, and fun festive frames, but I wanted to do more than the usual paper cut outs on a stick for a few of them. I got busy making THESE using Creative PaperClay® Modeling Material. After our party, I'll share more of the projects that weren't Creative PaperClay® related on MY BLOG.

This is my last post here on the blog for a while!! I'm taking a break from some design team commitments, and spending HUGE amounts of time at basketball games. Thank you all so much for your support, and for the love you show each of us designers here! I have enjoyed being here so much. Of course, I won't stop creating, farming and generally misbehaving, so if you'd like to keep up with me on my other interweb haunts, I would love that. (links at the end of this post) Now, ON TO BUSINESS! 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED to make your own photobooth props:
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Paints and Brushes I use Folk Art acrylic craft paints and Krylon Spray paints
  • Foil
  • Empty and clean large can
  • Headbands
  • Various decorations... (holly, berries, hat band ribbon, metal pipe cleaners, bells
  • Sturdy small dowels
  • Drill (I use a hand drill) 
  • Glue (I used E6000) 
Gather your supplies for your creations, and get cracking smooshing and shaping your foil into shapes! I created the core for my carrot nose, rudolph's nose, and Frosty's pipe. 

Wrap and twist your foil around a headband to create the core for your antlers.

Cover your pieces with Creative PaperClay®, and place them in the oven to speed up your drying time. I usually put mine in at about 190 degrees F. 

To add stability to my pieces attached to headbands, I added a layer of Creative PaperClay® to the underside of the headbands. Here they are, complete with paint. 

Once your pieces are dry, sand them, and paint them, and add your decorations! I put some holly, berries and a hat band around the hat:

Some orange spray paint, and shading using stain to bring out the "carrotness" of my carrot nose:

Some red paint and glitter to Rudolf's nose:

And some bells and pipe cleaners wound into coils to his antlers. I also painted the headband red, to imitate his halter. 

Once everything is painted and decorated, add your dowels by drilling a hole into the pieces that will need a dowel, and glue them into place. Now you're READY FOR ACTION!! 

Thanks for reading! I have loved every second of my two years here as a Designer for Creative PaperClay® and I hope to be able to return in the future!! In the mean time, if you'd like to keep up with me, and see more of what I'm up to and keep up with me, I'd also love it if you'd visit MY BLOG and Subscribe! You can also find me on FACEBOOK!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

It is tip day!

Hi everyone,How are you doing?

It is Donna from Memes Art Place. I am sure everyone is busy with the hustle and bustle of the Holidays! I am just starting to decorate the house and put up the tree. I am excited that my oldest daughter and her family are coming to visit! Yay!

Well it is that time again to share a tip or two! Recently I was asked again "how do you start?" and the other question "Is it hard to use?"

So the best way I can say is "it is easy and here is a good place to start!"

You can read through some of the posts here on Creative Paperclay® blog. The internet is also a great source! Ask any of the designers, that is what we are here for!

We can ALL make a round ball of Creative Paperclay®!

RIGHT? Yes, you can!

So, out of just these few items we can make some pretty neat stuff!

Look! Just round balls of Creative Paperclay with a Styrofoam ball inside!
Take a toothpick and add Creative Paperclay onto it and stick it into the round circle!

That's it! You have a Snowman's head!!!!

Add a wood dowel rod into the circle with some white glue and then add it onto a spool, or
a candle stick! Add some paint, trim and glitter and Ta Da! You have just used Creative Paperclay®!

Really it is that easy!

You can even use the paper boxes for a gift box or candy holder!

I really want you to try!!! So what I would like to do is give you a chance to try some!

Leave a comment here and then hop on over to my blog Memes Art Place and leave a comment there and I will draw a name on Wednesday 12/16/14 and announce the winner on my blog! What are you commenting for? One 16 ounce package of Creative Paperclay® and one 3 ounce package of Delight air dry modeling compound.

Sound good? I just really want you to try this Creative Paperclay®!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you comment here and on my blog to be entered!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Button, button...Who's got the button?

I have a sweater that I love, but I lost a couple of the buttons. So, I thought, why not replace them with clay ones? I rummaged around in my stash and found the perfect clay mold—very vintage, perfect look for what I wanted. 

I pressed Creative Paperclay™ into the mold, then removed the casting from the mold. I used a round canape cutter to cut the casting into a circle. Then, the castings were set aside to dry.

I did a bit of touch-up sanding and filing along the edges of the pieces. To my amazement and delight, very little sanding was necessary. Have I mentioned that I'm not fond of sanding :) 

Then, I sealed the buttons with an acrylic medium before painting. I used acrylic paints—flat green for the leaves and a pearlized red for the rose and the satin white background.

Since these clay buttons can't go through laundry or dry cleaning cycles, I needed a way to attach the buttons to the garment that would allow for easy removal for cleaning. I used E6000 to glue the clay casting to a shank button. The shank of the button goes between the knitted stitches, and is secured in place with either a cotter pin or a small safety pin.

My new clay buttons add just the pizzzazz that I was hoping for.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Telling Stories in Clay

I was walking by a ceramic shop and saw some wonderful plaques and thought it would be fun to do a variation on them. It would be great to do a whole wall of these in a grid!!! So I decided I would do one on all the dogs who have shared my life and are no longer here. The O's and X's are for all the love Oso and I had for each other. He was my studio dog and the heartbeat beneath my work table. The trees are for the our walks, the round beads for all the places he had to stop and enjoy.

Supply List:
Creative PaperClay®
Mark Making Tools
Acrylic Paint

I started by rolling out the clay on a masonite panel. Then I made marks in it and added clay embellishments which I also drew on before letting the clay dry. I really love the look of the raw clay. Once upon a time I was working towards a degree in ceramics but hated the hurry up and wait aspect of the media so ended up with a degree in painting. So now I only have to wait for the clay to dry and I can still paint.

I find it is always best to coat your clay with a matte acrylic medium when it is dry. After the medium dried I covered the whole tile with a matte black paint as I wanted the black to show up in the crevices when I did the final painted finish.

I added paint and started adding small beads, gold and silver rub and a button. I finished this off with a picture of Oso under a raised clear resin button shape.

My challenge to you is to make a happy memory for those you loved and still love.

Darlene Oliva McElroy

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sing A long Christmas Ornament The Little Drummer Boy by Gloriann Irizarry

Happy holidays to all and a bless new year to all my wonderful friends, followers and collectors.
This season is full of the family gathering, food, decorations and many Christmas Songs.
Thanks to these beautiful songs and to show the holiday spirit why not make an ornament. I have to say been part of crafting groups sure help to inspire you. These groups challenge you to create and make your gears turn. This is how this Sing A Long ornament took shape. With the help of my girls we choose The Little Drummer Boy we give him a Anime Manga better know has Chibi style and brought him to life in a cute ornament to hang from your Christmas tree or anywhere you want.
Delight™ Modeling Material
Foam round ornaments
Mini Drum Christmas Ornament
Multi use pliers
Aluminum foil
Acrylic paints
Water Mist bottle
Tacky Glue
 #2 Pencil

Cut a small piece of wire to create the small body armature.
Since is a chibi body it doesn't have to be big.
Chibi is a style of Anime/Manga drawing style used in characters to show smaller children as the actual meaning of the word is "short person" or "small child." have very small bodies with large heads.  

Is very important you pay attention to the neck piece a hop is required to hang the head from it.
Just bend the wire in half and shape a hoop with the pliers.
Now cut a strip of the aluminum foil and start wrapping around the armature.
Make sure your press the foil secure to the armature to shape the belly and back. 

Used your pliers cut a 3 inches long wire and curl it up like in the photo above.

Twist the wire inside the foam ball.
This will anchor the wire on your ornament head.
These ornament balls are seasonal items and I found these at Walmart fairly priced $.48 each
Now time to cover the ball with the Delight™ Modeling Material . Start by rolling a big ball flat to be able to cover the entire doll head.
I choose Delight™ Modeling Material due to be one of the most light weight clay I ever seen.
It help when your making a ornament because it is easy to use and once it dry has a foam like texture.

Once you have the sheet all rolled out like a pizza dough cover the ball and cut any excess out.
Smooth the edges with your finger and some water.
Do the same with the body.
Roll some clay out and cover all the body making sure all the foil and wires are cover in clay.

Shape all the body parts like the hands, belly and feet.
Chibi style doesn't required many detailed feet or hands so have fun


To make the hair just roll a smaller ball and once flat mist the head and attach the whole rolled clay on top and style to your like. You can also cut any excess out .

Move the the clay around roll it a little to give the hair the natural flow and it looks nice once it dry.
Set aside and let it dry.


Once the head is completely dry. Use your favorite acrylic paint in your chosen skin color.
Here the Peach Rose was applied.

Make sure your entire body is all painted with at least 2 coats of acrylic paint.
Water the paint down with water to minimized the brush strokes when the paint dry.
Now that the body base paint is dry you can start by painting the top vest and the little shoes.
Vest is light mint green and the shoes Renaissance Metallic brown 

Use the same Renaissance Metallic brown for the hair and apply 2 full coats.
Make sure you always wait for each coat to be completely dry before adding the other .

Do the same on the vest add to full coats of the light mint green.

Use Metallic Green for the pants and also use 2 full coats of paint.

Line up the vest with the Dark Metallic green.
Create some holly leaf detail on the vest and add dots to the shoes. 

To give the final touch to the vest use the Tuscan red and add the holly berries.
3 simple dots will be enough to achieve this look.
Here you can also add some belt detail. Also you can sign and year your ornament.

One more red dot of Yellow to create the buckle and a center dot of Tuscan red to make the shoe pop. .

For the drum sticks you can use toothpicks.
Stab thru the hand and cut to size.
Use a little dot of Tacky Glue or  Elmer's glue to secure the sticks in place.

Now to make the signature Chibi big eyes. Start by lightly sketching the eyes over the dolls head
 with a regular #2 pencil. Make sure the placement is were you want them to be. If the placement r not were you want them to be lines  can be easy removed with a school eraser.

Cover the whole iris with white. White is a base to make the top color pop and looks more vibrant.
Wait for them to dry.

Now add 2 coats of  the Teddy Bear FolkArt acrylic paint to create the iris.
Make sure is completely dry before each coat is apply.

Now to give the eyes some shine use Gold acrylic paint  to the final third coat.
For the Pupils use Renaissance Metallic brown to finish the eyes.
Paint 2 coats in a half moon shape. Make sure you wait for the pupils to dry between coats.

After the pupil had dry use the white acrylic paint to finish the eyes.
Water the white paint down to minimized the strokes out.
Paint 2 coats or more depending on the skin color of the doll you might need more. Now again make sure the paint is all dried before the other coat is added to achieve a nice bright eyes. 

Now use the Black acrylic paint to accent the eyes. Water the black out and with a small brush start outlining the eyelashes and pupils.

To finish the eyes add some whites to give them some shine.
Use the gold paint and add some freckles.
Use the black to out line the mouth and rose to blush the cheeks.
To finish the doll out use Black acrylic to outline the belt, pants and shoes.

Before your add the head to the body make sure to thread your cute mini drum ornament.
Use a pair of plier to twist and shape the head wire into a nice hoop and thread it to the body.
Secure it in place with the pliers. Paint it with acrylic paint to cover the wire and give it clean look.
Seal the ornament with any matter acrylic sealer to protect the paint over time.

 Now your Little Drummer Boy is ready to be display.
Are you ready for the holidays? Let just remember the true meaning of these holidays and make sure we spend time with all your loves ones. Don't be afraid to have fun and let them know how much your love them so they can have great memories to treasure.

Thank you kindly for join us for this Sing A long Christmas Ornament The Little Drummer Boy and if you have any questions feel free to leave us your comments below or email me here
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