Thursday, November 15, 2018

Delight™ful Christmas Ornaments!

Happy Holidays! Jenn here sharing my fun Delight™ Christmas ornaments.
If your anything like me when it comes to ornaments, you find that some are just too heavy for the tree branches! These are a great solution! Delight™ air dry modeling compound from Creative Paperclay® dries fast and is very lightweight.

To create these ornaments you will need:

Rolling pin and non stick mat
Cookie Cutters in desired shapes
Embossing folders to add texture
Festive string for hanging
Acrylic paints
Ultra fine glitter
Paper Bows
Glue
Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest
1.Roll a ball of Delight™ to about 1/4" thickness. 
2. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. 
3. Use embossing folders to add an embossed pattern for texture.
4. Let dry overnight.
5. Paint in desired colors and while paint is dry sprinkle ultra fine glitter on. Tap off the excess when dry.
6.Add string for hanging and paper bows to the string with glue.
7. Add dew drops or other embellishments for a bit more color and texture.

And there you have it! A super fun DIY project that you can even do with your kids and grandkids!
Here is a close up of the glitter and embossed texture...

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!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

"Challenge" Bowl from Creative PaperClay

Hello all!  Today I am taking up a challenge to create a decorative bowl using Creative PaperClay.  I saw a post on Facebook showing a bowl made from concrete using a balloon as a "mold".  My first thought was "I could do that easily with Creative PaperClay!"  I ran to the studio and got started....

This post will be in 2 parts.  Today I will share the basic steps for creating the decorative bowl.  Next time I will share how to amp up the bowl once it has dried.  Easy Peasy, right?  Now, on to the crafting.

Step one:  gather the materials...I used a 12" balloon, 1 package of Creative PaperClay, a rolling pin, a texture sheet, and a base to hold the balloon. ( NOTE: Make sure your base to hold the balloon is large enough for the balloon to settle down into it.  I originally used a coffee cup and the balloon fell out as soon as I applied the clay!  I changed to an empty UTZ pretzel container and it held steady.)

 
Step 2:  Remove the clay from its package and place on work surface.  Use the rolling pin to flatten the clay to about 1/4" thick.  Be sure to change the direction you are rolling if you wish to have a round or square bowl.

Step 3: Begin to texture.  This is one of my favorite rubber stamps.  It has a nice deep texture which will allow paints and powders to sit at different levels (I will go over those in the decorative post...next time).  Any texture can be used...a nubby sponge, a mesh bag, a tomato basket...texture is all around!  Be careful though, your grocery store trips will never be the same once you start looking!

I applied the texture over the entire clay piece.  Once the texture completely covered the clay, I experimented with placing the entire piece on top of the balloon.  After a few attempts at smoothing the shape I decided to curve the edges rather than keeping them square-ish.  BONUS:  The cutaway pieces can be used to embellish the base!


Step 4: Smooth the clay over the balloon.  This may take a little bit of time and patience.  Trust me it will be worth it in the end. 
I made sure that the edges all had contact with the balloon.  Now to use the scraps I cut away...

Step 5: I squished (yes, that is the technical term) the pieces together in my hand and then rolled them on my work surface to form a log.  Continue rolling the log until it becomes a snake.  I will spare you a picture of this process...I think you get the idea 😉  Once you are happy with the thickness (my snake was about 1/4" thick), begin to roll the snake into a coil.
When I got to the end of the coil I beveled the end by cutting off a small amount.  I rolled that into a ball (as shown).  This will become the base of your bowl.

Step 6: To attach the coil to the bottom of the bowl, dip your finger into a little water.  Rub the water over the bottom of the bowl or wherever you would like the base of the bowl to be.  Immediately place the coil onto the wet area and press into place.  

To attach the ball, repeat the process and press the ball into place.  I used the eraser end of a pencil to dimple the center and really press it into place.  The tip of the pencil added a final dot in to center.  

So that's it!  6 easy peasy steps and the bowl is complete.  Now the hard part, letting it dry before decorating!  I recommend allowing your bowl to dry in place for 24 hrs before removing it from the balloon.  The inside of the bowl may still be damp where it was in contact with the balloon, so turn it over and allow it to dry for another 24 hrs.  Then let the decorating commence!!

I hope you have enjoyed this post.  Be sure to check in next time when I paint and powder and bling out my bowl for the holidays.  See you then!




Monday, November 5, 2018

Creative Paperclay® Christmas Trees

Hello!
Welcome to another tutorial using Creative Paperclay®. I decided to make these cute Christmas trees and decorate them using stencils and Plaid Acrylic Paint. They are super simple to make so the little ones can join in too.


Here's what you need:

  • Creative Paperclay®
  • A cardboard template of a Christmas tree
  • A rolling pin
  • A craft knife
  • A sharp tool to make a hole (or a skewer)
  • Gesso
  • Plaid Acrylic Paints -see below
  • Stencils
  • Water
  • A makeup sponge
  • Paint brushes
  • White Glitter
  • Sandpaper  
  • Toothbrush
The Plaid Acrylic Paints I used are:

Please follow along in the video below.
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I do hope you enjoyed this tutorial. 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 www.papermachepatch.com.




You can find Creative Paperclay® online at Creative Paperclay Co and also at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Dickblick and Amazon. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzette



Friday, November 2, 2018

November 2018 First Friday Fan Day


Need some inspiration for your next Creative Paperclay® project? Check out what folks are making with Creative Paperclay™.


Snowman Ornament
Bottle Snowmen
Clay Ornaments
Dollar Store Ornament Makeover
Sculptured Paperclay Ornaments
Vintage Snowman Box Topper

HELP US FIND YOU!!
  1. Use the hashtag #CreativePaperclay on all your social networks.
  2. When using Facebook, be sure the your posts and images using the #Creative Paperclay hashtag are set to public, otherwise we won't be able to find you.
  3. Share your projects on the Creative PaperClay® Facebook page.
I'm always trolling the web, looking for great Creative Paperclay® projects. If you find something, post it on our Facebook page.

GOT QUESTIONS???

Find the answers to your paperclay questions. See what other folks are creating. Stop by our Facebook group and say, "Hi!" Creative Paperclay Q&A
Carole

Friday, October 26, 2018

How to Create An "Elkey" Sculpture with Creative Paperclay



Hello everyone! Cinnamon here, I'm going to show you all how I created what I call "Elkey" with Creative Paperclay® (Scroll down to the bottom to see the piece in it's entirety!). With Election Day creeping up on us November 6th, I was inspired to create this donkey/elephant hybrid as a reminder for us to mark our calendars and get ready to go out and be heard! Below are the steps that I took to create this creature!

Here is what you will need:
  • Steel wire, 18 gauge and 22 gauge 
  • Pliers 
  • Creative Paperclay® 
  • Newspaper 
  • Masking tape 
  • Sand paper 
  • Wool 
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Sealer, Varnish 
  • E600 Craft Glue 
  • Reference photos for elephants, donkeys and horses 


I first started this project out by manipulating the 18 gauge wire and turning it into a rough frame for the piece. I needed the wire to be sturdy enough to be able to support all the added weight of the elephant.



I began to bulk out the body with newspaper and masking tape, in addition to building up a neck for the donkey half of the creature.



After studying my reference photos, I created the head for the elephant half. I made sure to keep it lower to the shoulders of the piece for accuracy.



I didn't want to fuss too much with the positioning of the ears and tusk at this stage so I decided to work on them separately with wire connecting them in the middle and attach them later. This way it would be much easier for me to figure out where they looked best after the piece has all of it's meat on it's bones.



Once I was done with working out the shape for the ears, I put them aside and started adding clay on the body of the creature. I bulked up the legs for the elephant and tried to go light on the legs for the donkey.



I had to study both the photos for a donkey and a horse to make sure that I wasn't sculpting a horse. They are very similar but there are small characteristics that stand out such as the short stubby neck, shorter legs and large ears that donkeys have in comparison to horses.







At this stage where I'm satisfied with how the body looks for both animals, I begin to work out the  placement of the ears. For the elephant, I carved a little indent where the wire could rest for the ears and put some e6000 glue to secure them to the head and used masking tape to keep them in place. For the tusk, I had wire protruding from the top of them and just stuck them into some moist clay that I put on the sides of the elephant's trunk. I then covered the tusk with more clay and let it dry in place. For the donkey, I placed the ears in the same way that I did for the elephant. I concealed the wire by covering it with clay. After allowing the piece to fully dry, I began the process of smoothing out the clay with sanding paper.



After things were all smoothed out, I applied a few coats of paint to the piece until I was happy with the color. There is no reason why I painted the whole piece grey here, I was just playing with paint application.



With the donkey, I wanted to place a few tufts of hair on to the top of it's head. I used some wool here and Aleene's Tacky glue to attach the hair.




I sprayed this piece with a varnish at this stage and here is what it looks like. I wish I would have turned both neck so that they would be facing the camera :D




Thank you for stopping by, and I hope that you all enjoyed today's tutorial! You can find Creative Paperclay® at the following retailers Creative Paperclay® Online Store, Michael'sAmazon, Joann's

See more of my work at Melandolly.com and be sure to catch updates on my Instagram page








Thursday, October 25, 2018

Delight™ Air Dry Modeling Compound Pumpkin Garland



                                       

         


                                       HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!















This tutorial is a really easy one and perfect for kids to make for Halloween decorations.   

Supplies

Silicone pumpkin mold from Michaels
Delight™ Air Dry Modeling Compound
Acrylic paints
Ribbon
Beacon 3-1 craft glue
Paint brushes














Step one 

Roll balls of clay big enough to fill each pumpkin mold. Let dry for a couple of hours so they don't squish when you pop them out of the mold. 
After they are out of the mold let dry overnight.













Step 2

Carefully break off or cut the extra clay around the edge of the pumpkins to have a smooth edge.
Paint each pumpkin with acrylic paints and let dry.














Step 3

Cut the ribbon as long as you want. Glue each pumpkin to the ribbon and you have your pumpkin garland. You can make it as long as you want and even do this for Thanksgiving or Christmas. 

























Delight™ Air Dry Modeling Compound
Creative Paperclay®       
https://www.paperclay.com
Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joann, Amazon



Thanks for checking out the tutorial.

























Monday, October 22, 2018

A Little Piece of Christmas






I don't know why Christmas came to mind for this post but it did. I made a little piece that can be used as a piece of decor during the Christmas Holidays.

Supplies Needed For This Project:

Cookie Cutter
Beads and Sequins
Small canvas
Small easel
White Gesso
Powder or Cornstarch
Paint Brushes
Glue


I started out by painting my canvas with gesso.



Then I used my Plaid Paints to paint a background for my Christmas tree.


I then conditioned my clay and rolled it out. After using a little baby powder on my cookie cutter, I cut out a Christmas tree. 


I used my glue and glued the Christmas tree to the background on the canvas and let it dry overnight.
That was just to make sure that the clay was dry.


I brushed on some Plaid Glitterific around the tree to mimic twinkling stars. The tree was painted with green Plaid Paint and I used the Scribbles Paint to mimic snow. I had some odds and ends of beads and sequins, so I used them for the ornaments and the star at the top of the tree. This picture doesn't do the tree real justice. It's just amazing how the stars sparkle in the sky and the ornaments are so bright. This Creative Paperclay Christmas tree will set nicely on a shelf or table during the Christmas Holidays and brighten up the room quite nicely. It is so easy to work with Creative Paperclay and also with the Plaid Glitterific and Paints. The Glitterific has the glitter built right into the paint so you don't have to worry about big messes made from spilled glitter. I really think that stuff was created by a genius. I hope you will go to the Creative Paperclay site and check out all of their products and also to the Plaid store where you will find a lot of different product. You can find inspiration on both websites. Please leave me a comment below, as I do read them and  appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment.

Thank you for visiting!
Barbara