Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Add a Dash of Micro Beads

I love micro beads and mixing them with Creative Paperclay®. It is like adding jewels to my projects. And this trick is so easy.

Silicone mold
Polymer medium
Micro beads
Creative Paperclay®

Coat the mold with the polymer medium. While wet, sprinkle the beads evenly. Immediately press in the paper clay, remove and let dry.

Depending on the project I use the clay natural or color it ahead of time. Great for collage elements, ornaments or gifts.

Dream in color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Meet our new Design Team Members

We are super excited to introduce our newest Design Team members, this team will start in May and will add a new and exciting tutorial here on this blog to help you create with Creative Paperclay and Delight.

We feature our FANS on the First Friday of each month "First Friday Fan Day" - So stop by for to see if we found you.  Also, we have a gallery full of past tutorials, from beginner, advanced and tips and tricks.  We hope you stop by and see what we create and share your projects with us on our group page.  Creative Paperclay Q & A.

Leave the team a big Congratulations!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dry Clay, Wet Clay

I have bags full of cast Creative Paperclay® objects to use in future pieces of art. I love it's adhesive qualities and the fact that I can add fresh clay to dry clay pieces or embed dry cast objects into fresh clay.

Creative Paperclay®
Creative Paperclay® cast objects
Art surface
I had this painting started and wanted to addapply a halo with clay. While it was still damp I made the halo shape and smoothed it out.
I stamped into the halo with a rubber stamp then pushed the dry cast objects into the wet clay and glued the rest of the flowers to the surface with glue. Next thing will be to add paint but still at the stage where I am debating adding any more objects to the piece.

Dream in Color

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Friday, April 7, 2017

April First Friday Fan Day

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

Cats Made Using Toilet Paper Rolls and Paperclay
Faux Cactus
Paperclay and Washi Tape Easter Ornaments
Stamped Clay Bowls
Sculpted Paws for a Doll

Paperclay Hummingbird

  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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Giving a New Face to an Old Piece of Art

Oh, my. I have so many art remnants from teaching, writing art books and experimenting. Periodically I go through them to either experiment more or to give them a new life. Man Oh Man, It's raining men, started as a piece from one of my books, Alternative Art Surfaces.


Piece of old art
Creative Paperclay®
Cast objects
Acrylic paint

I applied a wash of gesso over the surface to back down the image. This helped me to reclaim it and give start a new narrative. My work is all about the story.

After braying a sheet of Creative Paperclay® onto my surface, I stamped, stenciled and added cast objects. The flower was a dry cast Creative Paperclay® object while the others were damp when applied to the surface. I smooth out areas with a little water on my fingers. I wanted the escutcheon to be partially buried in the clay to give the feeling of age.

  Once it has dried, I coated it with a layer of polymer medium matte to seal the clay before painting. I finished it by lightly applying foil to the piece.

Reclaim an old piece of art that you have lying around your art space and enjoy the process of starting again.

Dream in Color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cast & Scupted Creative Paperclay Floral

Being a mixed media artist allows me to expand my techniques and art aresenal. I would have a lot less art stuff if I stuck to one media but I love it all. One thing I love to do is to finish off my art with texture and I achieve this with both cast and suclpted Creative Paperclay®.


Acrylic paint
Silicone molds
Creative Paperclay®
Sculpting tools
Soft gel

Before casting my objects, I mix a dark blue acrylic paint in a bag with my Creative Paperclay®. It keeps my hands clean and allows me to mix the two completely. Then I apply the colored clay to my silicone mold and let it dry thoroughly. At that point I can glue them to my surface with a soft gel. The bees on the right hand side of the papers were also done this way. I finished them off by rubbing a lighter color of paint on them.

I lightly dampened the surface of the painting then applied the clay in the shape of an orchid. Using several different tools, I started blocking in the shape and smoothed the edges with water on my fingers. When finished, I let dry then painted it with my acrylics.

Dream in Color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lynda's Beginner Tips

So, how do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time LOL!!!!!  Same thing where Creative Paperclay is concerned - how do you learn, one step at a time!  I do a lot of paper crafts, from mini albums to cards to entire scrapbook albums to bookmarks.....and the cutest embellishments I have made right now - are done with really cute molds!!!  You can purchase them at most of the craft stores, I found really cute ones in a section I normally wouldn't think of - an alphabet one that would be perfect for some of my creations!  If you need any help in how to use molds, I have a video you can watch on YouTube - check it out here:
I love using molds - and can't wait to find even more to go with my paper crafts!!!  
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme and
Creative Paperclay Design Team 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

March First Friday Fan Day

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

Stone Faces
Whimsical Face
Paperclay Leaves
Textured Flower Pot Planters

Mosaics Using Paperclay

  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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Holographic Foil & Creative Paperclay®

I wanted to make party decorations for a friend for either her gift ornaments or for the place settings.  I started by casting baby heads and shells from my collection of silicone molds. I only wanted partial baby faces so after casting I tore the top of the heads off. Am I cruel or what? Next, I let them dry overnight.

Creative Paperclay®
Gold Paint
Adhesive size
Holographic foil
E6000 glue

When the cast shapes were dry, I glued them together with E6000. I could have glued them together with a piece of clay but, as usual, I was in a hurry and E6000 sets quickly.

After painting them a matte gold acrylic by Holbein and letting the paint dry, I applied the adhesive size. This is a special glue made for metal leaf and foils. It goes on white and when it becomes clear, it is tacky and ready for the foil application. I prefer Wunda Size as it is water soluble.

As I am looking at these, I realize they look a little Mayan. All they need is big earrings. Always love it when I am surprised by something I had missed.

The holographic foil is then rubbed on to the tacky adhesive size. This is then lifted off. Because it has a very thin layer of plastic over it, the foil not used will remain attached to the plastic.

My apologies that this is so hard to photograph In person it looks great.

FYI. I get my holographic foils at Royal Design Studio. They have a great range of holographic and regular foils plus you can order it by the foot, yard or roll.

Dream in Color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Monday, February 27, 2017

Shari's February Tip of the Month - Holding It All Together

 I like to call my February tip of the month, Holding It All Together.

My recent project involved a lot of pre-made pieces that needed attaching to a clay slab.

You can make use a multi purpose glue, hot glue, or a clay slip. Clay slip is basically water and clay mixed together to form a paste. The Creative Paperclay Design Team was supplied with a pre-made bottle of slip.

 The squeeze bottle can be a quick and easy alternative to making your own and it will not dry out.
Squeeze a small amount on both pieces and press in place.  Let your piece dry completely before adding any paint.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Creating,

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Making Magic!

Earlier this month one of my crafty friends sent pictures of some wands she created.
I was so inspired that I thought I'd try making my own wand with clay.

To make the wand you will need:

Creative Paperclay®modeling material
3/16" x 12" wooden dowel
small screw-eye
white glue
trinkets, yarn, or other embellishments
acrylic paint
rolling pin
craft knife

Start by drilling a small hole in the center of one end of the dowel and inserting a screw-eye just far enough to hold it firmly.  This will be what you hold on to while sculpting, and what enables you to hang your wand to dry.

Using sandpaper, taper the other end of the dowel and round off the tip

Coat the entire dowel with white glue, thread a piece of string through the screw-eye and hang the wand to dry.

Roll clay slab to approximately 22" x 14" and 1/16" thickness.  The dowel should be able to fit as shown.

Cut clay along the edge of wand, then into a triangle with curved edge as shown.

Dampen the dowel and place it at the edge of the triangle.  Pull clay up and smooth/attach it to the dowel.  Roll the clay around the dowel.  When the triangle is rolled onto the dowel, wet fingers and smooth as desired.  I chose to leave mine with an irregular spiral along the length.

Hang wand to dry.

While the wand is drying, gather up some embellishments you might want to use for your wand!

After my wand dried, I decided to add another spiral of clay wrapped around the wand with runes drawn into it.

If you choose to do this, cut the strip of clay, attach one end to or near the bottom of the wand by wetting the dry clay then pressing the wet clay onto it.  Continue wetting the dry clay and adding the strip a little bit at a time all the way up to the tip.  The runes were pressed/drawn into with a toothpick AFTER the strip had been attached to the wand.

Paint and embellish as desired.

I used layers and washes in several shades of blue & green, walnut, and iridescent blue, then added a simple gold cord and star drop earring.

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

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Working with Creative Paperclay and Delight Products

I have been on the design team for the past 3 years, and simply have learned so much working with everyone that has been on this incredible team!  I scrapbook and stamp, so I use both Creative Paperclay and Delight in various ways for my scrapbook pages, my cards, and paper crafts galore!  I am working on organizing my space, Creative Paperclay is a part of the spaces I am organizing!  Magnets made with stamps and molds, make my space look inviting and happy!!!
Yet part of working with this incredible stuff, is being able to learn from others on my team and the things they have done as well!  Going in to the next few months, here are a few tips whether you are working on a gift, your own creative space, or your space outside:

  • Take a look at the past projects -we have Easter coming up, Mothers Day, outdoor projects - find something you want to do and get the supplies started for it!  Planning things out a bit, really helps to make sure the
    finished project is PERFECT!  
  • If you want your project to be a bit heavier, use Creative Paperclay!  It hangs better on with a magnet on the back, than does the Delight!  
  • Plan your projects out on paper - before you start to tackle them in real life!  This way, those larger projects you want to be "perfect" will be PERFECT!  
  • If something is simply not working the way you want it to be - start over!  The best part of working with the Creative Paperclay and Delight products - is being able to reuse it if you don't wait too long!!!  
I am working on my designs for a fun fairy garden (thanks to the design team), and a fun angel girl that will sit by my desk (thanks to a past blog post)!  I am designing on paper first - finding the items I need to recycle...(boy do I use a lot of creamer), and by the time May hits - I will have a fun fairy garden for my patio, my angel girl done, and more magnets made for my creative space!  
Lynda Jeffs
2017 Creative Paperclay Design Team


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Creative Paperclay Heart Bowl

You need so little to create a Valentine bowl that has so many uses. It could hold a ring, valentine candies or incense. It just depends what you come up with.


Creative Paperclay®
Acrylic paint
Polymer Medium

Cover the orange with the clay, trim to heart shape and stamp. The most difficult part is to wait until it dries.
When dry, just pop it off the orange.

When you turn it over, you can see the wonderful dimpled texture from the orange. Now it's time to sand the edges smooth. Once that is done, I seal the heart with polymer medium.

Now the heart is painted with various shades of red and pink.

The back side is painted dark rose gold and highlighted with a lighter, brighter gold.

Great as a gift or to keep.

Dream in Color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Monday, February 13, 2017

Creativity Inspired by Paint Brush Muses

We all could use a little inspiration from time to time to stir the creativity from within. I created this set of paint brush muses to help me out.

The largest one screams for me to not be afraid to use color. The second one  reminds me that my art is beautiful and to create from my heart. The third one says for me to think outside the box, not all art needs to be so black and white.

Here's how I made these fun little muses out of used paintbrushes, acrylic paint, and Creative Paperclay®.

Creative Paperclay®
Paintbrushes for muses
Multiple colors of acrylic paint
Tacky glue
Palette knife
Clay carving tolls
Clay sanding tools
Matt acrylic sealer

1. Take a ball of clay large enough to fit on the flat of the brush just below the bristles.You are making your face on the brush.

2. Form the shape of a face. Now you can carve the details of your face into the clay, make 3-d facial features, or paint the facial features on.

3. Remove your face from the brush using a pallet knife slipped gently between the clay and the brush.

4. Lay flat to dry or dry in a 180 oven till the clay turns white.

5. Sand your faces.

6. Paint your brushes and clay faces with gesso.

7. Use tacky glue to adhere the faces to the brushes and let dry.

8. Here's where the real fun begins! Use any colors or patterns on your muses. Let your muse's personality form with each addition of paint. Finish with a matt sealer when your paint is dry.

 I hope my muses inspired you to make your own creative posse. Thank you for visiting!

Happy Creating,