Thursday, July 19, 2018

Butterflies and Blooms

Hello everyone! Jenn here today sharing this collage created using Delight™ from Creative Paperclay®!
I am constantly molding flowers and other embellishments using Delight™ because they are a great thing to have on hand. For this project I pulled out my stash and made a collage!

Start by coating a small canvas with heavy white gesso and allow to dry. Then gather up molded pieces and arrange them in the composition you like.

Apply heavy white gesso again making sure to get everything coated. Next, add color by starting with a base color such as the Plaid acrylic in Key West (Apple Barrel®) that I chose. Water down by spritzing with a water bottle and dab off excess. Dry with a heat tool.

Continue layering colors in the palette you choose. Build the colors one at a time drying in between each. I used several products in my collage which I have listed at the end of this post.

Add art stones and Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest for texture.

For my collage I used the following products:
Prima and Plaid silicone molds
Art Stones
Mini Art Stones
Wooden swirl embellishments
Plaid™ acrylics
Irridescent acrylics
Art Anthology Colorations
5 X 7 canvas
Heavy White Gesso

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!
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Until Next time Stay Creative!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

"POP" Art Brought to Life with Creative PaperClay®

If you have been following my Creative PaperClay® escapades you know that I love to use the product with my art students.  I teach art to grades K-8th in a local Catholic school.  Exciting the littles is a pretty easy task.  Exciting the bulk of my middle schoolers is a continuing journey to find the perfect blend of materials and creativity.  This year I found what I believe to be the perfect blend!

I introduced my 6th graders to the Pop Art of Roy Lichtenstein.  We explored his art, discussing the colors, backgrounds, his use of motion words, as well as his influence on comics.  In talking about his use of action words, I mentioned "Batman"...the boys immediately lit up.  I have a pop art piece on the wall of my classroom, a hand on a telephone receiver with the single word "SLAM!".  We talked about how the use of one word allows the viewer to understand the force behind the image.

Each student received a wood board.  These boards had been taking up real estate in my classroom for four years (and God only knows how many before I got there) and I was ready to rotate them out!  The day's assignment:  Paint your board in a solid color (I gave them a limited number of choices) making sure the surface was completely covered.  After the painting was complete they rotated through a bubble wrap station to create "Benday Dots" over the surface.  As you can imagine, the bubble wrap printing excited them...something a bit different from the norm to roll with paint and print.  I was amazed at how quickly they completed the tasks.  The drying racks were quickly filled and students were ready to continue to the next step.
All of my middle schoolers have art journals.  I had them choose a motion/action word and sketch a design to highlight it.  They were to add possible colors with the understanding that nothing was set in stone and the design could evolve from the original as the piece took shape.  That was class #1.

Class #2:  For the next step I brought out brightly colored cardstock, pieces of matboard, and 1/4" foam core scraps.  Working from individual sketches, the students began to create the "pop" that would give motion to the words.  I demoed how foam core or matboard pieces glued between the layers would quite literally have their designs popping off the wood board.  If I hadn't pulled them into the project before, this defintely got their attention.  All around the classroom the students began to work and were disappointed when it was time to clean up.  I promised that they would have plenty of time to work during the next class and that I was bringing in a very cool product for them to use to add another dimension to their pieces.

Class #3: Creative PaperClay® 
The students were excited to get to work the following Monday.  I gave them these basic instructions:  "You will receive a piece of airdry clay and a paper towel.  Go to the sink and get the towel damp (wring out any excess moisture).  Wrap any part of the clay in the towel when not in use so that it remains moist.  All of the clay MUST BE USED today!"
I put out rolling pins and texture sheets, alphabet cutters of a couple of different sizes.  "Do NOT roll the clay paper thin!  Keep some thickness to your letters.  Do NOT pound your clay into the table!  It WILL stick and you will be sad."  I showed them how to use their fingers to flatten the clay as well as using a rolling pin.  Again the students were told to use all of their piece of clay or share any extras with classmates who might need a little more.  Soon the classroom was filled with "action" 😉

Once each student completed his/her word and any other details, they were placed on a sheet of scrap paper to dry until next class.  I was so excited with the multiple ways pieces developed.  Next class (final for the project): coloring and highlighting the words

Last class: I sadly was away for this class and had a substitute.  Instead of having the students paint, we had them use Sharpie Markers (I value my substitute's sanity 💓 )  The students first used a fat, black Sharpie to highlight the edges.  They were directed to color the edges solidly, not leaving any white showing.  Next, they could choose a color for the top of the word.  Many went back to their original sketches for color reference, while others picked the brightest & boldest color in the bin.  Once words were colored, they were glued in place using Elmers Glue.  Thankfully my substitute told the students they could not take the finished project home until I had a chance to see them.  I was thrilled when I got back to work!
Dominic D. (left) & Annie W. (right)

Michael C. (left) & Daniel M. (right)

Jilliane D. (left) & Isabella M. (right)

Isabella O. (left) & Diya G. (right)

Malia H. (left) & my example (right)

I hope you have enjoyed this post.  I think even Roy Lichtenstein would be pleased with how his work was interpreted.  To see more of my work and the work of my students please check out as well as the Creative PaperClay blogspot on the 2nd Wednesday of every month

Until next time...stay CREATIVE!

Friday, July 6, 2018

July 2018 First Friday Fan Day

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

Word Clouds
Miniature Paper Clay Houses
Tin Can Faces
Hand Ring Dish
Desk Top Containers

Tree Fairy House
Paper Clay Turtle

  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.


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

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Want some Ice Cream?

Sweet Treats with Creative Paperclay®

Summer is my favorite time of year! I love the sunny days,  splashing around in the water, and telling stories around the campfire.  I also love all of the Summertime treats like s’mores, strawberry shortcake, and of course ICE CREAM!  What’s your favorite flavor?  Mine is Macapuno!

Join me in making a realistic ice cream cone of your own using Creative Paperclay®


Masking Tape (florist tape, gaffers tape, and painters tape work too.)
Aluminum foil or newsprint paper
Dowel or bamboo skewer (about a 2” piece)
Creative Paperclay®
Needlepoint Plastic or other texture
Gesso (I used Black Golden brand. )
Acrylic Paint (I used Liquitex and Golden. )
Paint Brushes (Gesso can be hard on brushes.  Use cheap foam brushes for this. ) 
Sandpaper (I used 320 -420 grits)
Sculpting Tools are optional.  I did this with my fingers and a bit of water.
Shop Rag – To smooth over clay.  
Dust Mask or Bandana – use this when sanding
Sealer - ( I have used PYM II because it is what I had.  I have also used Krylon Matte and Crystal Clear and Golden Archival Spray Varnish.)   
Check out this article about sealer by Creative Paperclay® Design Team Member Gloriann Irizarry 

It’s getting hot out there!  Let’s get started!  

Start with a ball of aluminum foil or newspaper, or junk mail (I like offering economical and ecological options).  Crumple it up to make it round and domed, like half of a ball.  This is your ice cream scoop.  Make it as big or small as you like.  (Remember, it will grow when we add on our clay.  (But I don’t judge.)

Before compressing the shape too much, push a piece of dowel the bottom of the ice cream scoop.  This will hold the cone to the cream later.

Make a cone shape out of foil.  Compress it so that your clay has something substantial to hold it’s shape. 

Cover your parts with a layer of masking tape.  This creates a smoother more even surface for your clay to adhere to.

Paint a layer of gesso onto the clay surface.  I have tried without doing this and it does work but, I find that the gesso gives the clay a better surface to stick to.  You can also use acrylic paint or white pva glue.  Allow the gesso to dry.  A blow dryer is the great expediter.  We wanna get to the fun part, right??? 

Now you get to bust open that package of Creative Paperclay® YAY!!!
***Tip - I cut my packages open with scissors and immediately put them in a Ziploc bag with a wet sponge.  I store unused Creative Paperclay® like this to maintain a humid environment.  

Add a layer of Creative Paperclay® to the entire surface of your dome shape.  This should be no thicker than a pancake.  Add torn bits and chunks around the edges to resemble the base of a scoop of ice cream.  Pinch around the scoop and add a few drips around the edges.

Using the needle point plastic for texture, roll out a sheet of clay big enough to cover your cone shape.
You can allow your parts to dry naturally over night or in an oven at a very low temperature (200-250 degrees for 30 to 60 minutes).  I have not done this.  I always just allow them to air dry.
***Tip - Some cracking can occur on the surface during the drying stage.  It is easily patched up with wet clay and a bit of water.  Slow drying and thin layers will give the best results.

After they are dry you can attach your parts.  Wet each piece with a bit of water on the areas that will be connected together (rim of cone and base of ice cream.  

Use a bit of wet clay to attach the pieces together. Blend the seam wit a tool (popsicle sticks are great!) or fingers.  Add more ragged torn bits and pinch the base of the ice cream to look more realistic.  I also added a few drips (‘cuz keepin’ it real).  Allow your cone to dry completely at this point.
Add a couple of thin coats of gesso, allowing it to dry between coats.  Remember our great expediter, the blow dryer!  This will fill in any slight imperfections and create a nice surface for your paint.  Sanding the gesso is really optional but, if you have any rough parts, especially in the cone you can gently sand them down.  

***Tip – Whenever you are sanding I recommend wearing a dust mask or some other barrier to prevent you from inhaling the gesso and Creative Paperclay® particles.  You only have one set of lungs.  Take care of them!  Safety first!  This is also a messy job!  Do it outside if you can. 

After sanding and gessoing you are ready to paint!  Hurray!  Paint your favorite ice cream flavor with acrylic paints as desired.  After it dries seal your painted piece with a clear UV resistant sealer.
And enjoy your yummy frozen treat!!!
I hope that you have enjoyed this project as much as I have!  I'll be back with more "What's On My Workbench Wednesday" fun on the first Wednesday of each month.

Until then, stay cool, stay hydrated, and don’t forget the sun screen!  



Monday, July 2, 2018

Upcycle Old Paintbrushes Using Creative Paperclay®

 Hello everyone! Welcome to another one of my fabulous tutorials.😁 Todays project is upcycling an old paintbrush turning it into an amazing work of art. 

It is fairly simple and both beginners and kids (with adult supervision) should be able to manage it. If kids do it, take care with the hot glue gun and acrylic paints/varnish. 

The items you need are very basic. You can find a full list below. You can find Creative Paperclay® online at Creative Paperclay Co and also at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Dickblick and Amazon. 

Supplies needed:

Follow along in the video below to make your masterpiece.

If you prefer you can also watch the video on YouTube

Upcycle paintbrush

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 If there is anything in particular you would like me to make a tutorial for just leave a note in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Creative Paperclay Heart

    Creative Paperclay® Covered  Heart with Delight TM Roses 

Hi everyone and welcome to my new tutorial.


Creative Paperclay®

Delight TM  air dry modeling compound

6 inch Paper Mache’ heart  from

Acrylic paints; soft pink, soft yellow, white, light green

Silk baby’s breath

20 inch of ¼ inch wide ribbon

Gesso paint

Paint brushes

Strong glue

Hot glue

Sand paper

Matt spray sealer


Clay rolling pin


Your favorite sculpting tool to attach petals

Step 1:   Roll out the Creative Paperclay with a clay rolling pin to about ¼ inch thick. Paint a thin coat of glue on the heart then cover the heart but not the string with the clay. 
Let dry. 

If you get cracks in the heart after it dries, brush a little water on the crack and add some more clay to fill it in. After the heart is dry sand smooth.

Step 2:  Paint the heart with Gesso to seal the clay then paint the heart with soft pink acrylic paint.
Let dry.

Step 3: Make the flowers with Delight air dry modeling compound. 

To make the roses, take a small piece of clay and press it thin in the shape of rectangle that is about ½ inch wide and 1 inch long.

Roll it up for the center of the rose. 

For the petals, make tear drops and press them flat. Use a little water for glue and put the petal around center of the rose. Smooth the edges to attach with your sculpting tool. 
Continue making petals till you have the size of rose you want. The roses on this heart are about 2 inches wide. 
Let dry.

To make the small flowers, make a tear drop that is about 1 inch long. Cut the fat part in half about halfway down then cut the two sections in half again. You will have for 4 petals. Wet your fingers and press each petal flat then gently turn them so each one is slightly turned.  

Let dry.

Step 4: Take scissors and cut the stems off the flowers so they have a flat bottom. You can sand the bottoms so they sit flat on the heart. Paint all the flowers with Gesso to seal.
 Let dry.

Take a dry paintbrush put a small amount of paint on the brush and wipe most of it off on a paper towel, dry brush the paint on the petals to get a soft color to each flower. Do the same to the roses.

Step 5:  Arrange the flowers on the heart the way you want it. Glue the roses on first, you can use hot glue to attach them.
 Let dry, then add the small flowers and the baby’s breath.

Spray the entire piece with matt sealer.

Step 6:  Cut the ribbon 10 inches long and tie two bows.  Press the center of the bow together and glue. Then glue the two bows together and glue at the top behind the first rose. 


You now have a pretty heart to hang on the wall. 

Thank you for checking out this tutorial. 
I hope you have fun making this.

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