Monday, April 25, 2016

Faux Porcelain Pinch Pots

Pinch pots are one of the oldest forms of pottery. They’re a very easy project for children or beginners, and chances are, if you’ve ever taken a pottery class, you’ve probably made a pinch pot.

Despite their primitive origins, pinch pots can make a simple and elegant statement in your home decor. 

In today's lesson, I’ll show you how I made these faux porcelain pinch pots using Creative Paperclay.
  1. Starting with a ball of clay, open up the center of the clay with your thumb. Work your way around the inside until the walls are an even thickness and you’ve reached your desired shape.
  2. Allow the clay to dry completely, and give the pots a light sanding to remove any rough edges. I like to preserve some of the handmade character of the pots, so a light sanding is all that’s needed.
  3. Brush on a thin coat of gesso, followed by a coat of acrylic paint in your chosen color.
  4. I used gold liquid leaf for the inside of my pots. I think the white and gold is an elegant combination.
  5. I touched up the edges where the two colors met.
  6. When everything was dry, I sealed the pots with a coat of varnish. 

About Kerrie
I am a mixed media sculptor working primary in clay. Though clay is my passion, at the core, I'm simply a maker, a builder, a creator. Making things makes me happy.

I make videos about making things and post them on my channel KerrieLeeArt on YouTube and on my website

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Walk By Inspiration

Years ago I saw a wonderful show by glass artist, William Morris. He does monumental glass work but he also had a 30' x 8' wall of small glass pieces. I fell in love with them and they have remained with me. Last week while gallery hopping, I came across a wall of ceramic faces that struck me the same way. One is interesting, two hold our interest longer but a whole wall is incredible. You can be endlessly lost in all the unique shapes. Plus there is the organizational beauty of a grid with the variety of the shapes. The world is full of eye candy and inspiration.


Creative Paperclay®
Your imagination

Have fun with art and dream in color.

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tori's Tip - Mixing Clays for Marble Effects

Here on the Design Team we usually show a project using either Creative Paperclay®, or Delight™ air dry modeling compound, but did you know you can mix them together?  You can use varying amounts to take advantage of the different properties of each clay (for example, mixing some Delight compound into the clay to make is somewhat lighter)  Or, you can create some great marble looks by mixing them just a little bit -

Roll out some of each type of clay and lay them side by side as shown, vary the thickness and placement.

Squish them together and then flatten the clay.  Fold over and repeat as desired until you get the marbleing you want.  To maintain the marble effect, avoid kneading the clay, just bend or twist slightly, then flatten.

Now the extra fun comes in when a layer of watercolor or acrylic wash is added - because of the different absorption properties of each type of clay, adding color really shows off the effect.

This is the clay piece shown above after a medium green wash has been added

This piece was folded and mixed more than the other one, and a tan/green wash added

Thanks for joining me here again!  As always, play, experiment, and have fun!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Sandee's suggestions

When I take out my Creative Paperclay to play with I try and use up every bit, and it's great to have some embellishments on hand later. I already had some leaf embellishments ready to play with when I created my wall hanging, sometimes that can mean a lot. Afterwards I took the left over pieces one step further and painted all of them up while I was decorating the ones for the art piece. I figured why not even make it easier to use later on? I can always change the colors later on if I need to.

I also never miss a chance to make more embellishments too, and this time I added some faces to my supplies. I didn't paint these because they needed to dry first but the next time I need a face I'll have several on hand to experiment with.

I store each group in separate baggies so they are easy to find and easy to store.
Little things like that make art time even more fun!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Paperclay Salt Scoops

I am a self-identified salt snob. I love salt. I have, on average, at any one time five to eight different pots of salt on my kitchen counter food prep area. Sometimes I only need a pinch of salt; sometimes more. For those sometimes more occassions, I used Creative Paperclay® to make little scoops and spoons to brighten up the salt pots.

I started with a ball of clay about 1" in diameter.

Next, I did some preliminary shaping, forming the handle of the scoop.

To form the bowl of the spoon, I held the preliminary shape in the palm of my hand, and pressed the knuckles of my index finger into the ball on the end of the handle. Here you see the scoop after I've formed the bowl.

So the spoons and scoops would maintain their shape, I supported them in condiment cups while they dried.

I wanted a rustic, primitive look so I did minimal sanding. I painted them with acrylic paints in a variety of vivid colors and added some easy designs. These little scoops and spoons definitely brighten my salt counter.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Layered Stencils with Creative Paperclay® Slurry

I had an old art panel with paint on it and wanted to try creating a raised fresco look on it. So out came the stencils, masking tape and Creative Paperclay® slurry. Slurry is a porridge like substance made from bits of Creative Paperclay® and water mixed together well.


Creative Paperclay®
Masking Tape
Sand paper
Acrylic Paints
Art panel

I layered the stenciled slurry. Letting each stencil dry to the touch before layering another one. When all had dried thoroughly, I sanded it back to smooth out the edges. Then started adding more stencils, paint and collage elements.

Have fun with art & dream in color,

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Monday, April 11, 2016

Kerrie's Tip: Transferring Designs to Paperclay

Transferring a pattern to dry Paperclay is easy using a watercolor pencil and a little water. Start with dry Paperclay.

 Using a watercolor pencil, draw or trace your design onto a plain sheet of paper.

Spray your dried piece with a light mist of water.

Spread the water to an even layer.

Place your design into the Paperclay and rub gently until the paper becomes translucent.

Lift the paper carefully.

Your design is transferred!

How do you transfer your designs?

About Kerrie
Dreamer. Dabbler. Noodler.

I am a mixed media sculptor working primarily in clay. Though clay is my passion, at the core, I'm simply a maker, a builder, a creator. Making things makes me happy.

I make videos about making things and post them on my channel Kerrie Lee:Dream Up on YouTube and on my website