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

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!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Easy Peasy Sugar Skull designs with Delight™ Air Dry Modeling Compound

Hello all and welcome to my Halloween/Day of the Dead design preparations.  In my role as art teacher to grades K-8 I look for easy "filler" projects that the students can create.  Enter Delight™ Air Dry Modeling Compound and a silicone mold! 

Browsing around my favorite craft store I found a skull silicone mold on sale (woohoo!).  Of course I picked it up to experiment with.  As soon as I got home I pulled out my Delight™ clay and went to work.  I pulled off a bit of the clay, squeezed it in my hand, and then rolled it into a ball.  The ball was pressed firmly into one of the skull cavities in the mold until I was pretty sure the clay filled the space.  Then I repeated the process until all of the cavities were filled.

I tried to press the clay out of the mold, but it left a huge dent in the skull.  Not the look I was going for, so I placed the mold into my freezer and let it sit for about 15 minutes.  BINGO!  The skulls popped out easily and without distortion.  I repeated the process with the rest of the package of Delight™ (NOTE:  I was able to create 16 skulls [each about 1/2" thick] from one package of clay.  If creating thinner skulls then of course more could be made).
(NOTE: If you are a patient soul, the clay can be left in the mold to dry.  As noted, I am not the most patient of souls when it comes to crafting 😉)

I placed all of the skulls onto a paper towel and set them aside to dry overnight.  In the morning I turned the skulls over to make sure they were dry all the way through. 
An optional drying technique: Place them on a drying rack, so air circulates and speeds the process. Plus, no need to turn the pieces over!

Once dry I went to work with Prismacolor® markers (NOTE: Sharpie® markers would also work for this part).  I Googled "sugar skull designs" and found quite a few ideas for decorations.  I went to work.  

I used the fine tip for the bulk of the coloring process.  The clay took the colors beautifully and didn't seem to "bleed".  Glitter could be added or crystals or paint...if you can imagine it, I am sure it can be done!  I have a few left that I may use nail polish to give dimensional details.

I hope you have enjoyed this quick and easy craft.  Completed skulls can be used in many ways: pins, magnets, table decorations, wreaths, or shadow boxes...they are even lightweight enough to be made into earrings!

Friday, October 5, 2018

October 2018 First Friday Fan Day

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

Quirky Halloween Decoration
Halloween Bottles
Severed Finger Pens
Candy Corns
Ghost Tea Light
Scary Halloween Tree

Heart Shaped Box

  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

Monday, October 1, 2018

A Scary Pumpkin!

 Hello everyone! I have a Halloween blog post for you today, a scary pumpkin!

How cute is he? Does he look scary enough? This is a great tutorial for everyone. The supply list is below and a video for you to follow along. Have fun making him!

Supplies Needed

  •  styrofoam ball
  • foil
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • glue gun and stick
  • acrylic paint
  • glaze
  • sculpting tools
  • water
  • white glue
  • paintbrushes
Follow along in the video below:

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

Friday, September 28, 2018

How to Create Candy Corn Halloween Decorations with Creative Paperclay

Hello everyone! My name is Cinnamon Willis and I am going to show you all how I created these two candy corn Halloween decorations! Now I know that candy corn is a controversial and highly divisive topic where some people love it while others find it repulsive, however it wouldn’t quite be Halloween without it! I personally get excited about candy corn but after a handful of it, I have had my share for the season. Here’s what you will need to get started below:


  • Creative Paperclay®
    • Pencil
    • Newspaper
    • Masking tape
    • Sand paper
    • Acrylic paint
    • Sealer, Varnish

    I start off here as I usually do with newspaper and masking tape. I gather the newspaper and ball it up into a triangular shape and wrap it in place with masking tape. I keep adding more newspaper and masking tape till I get them close to the size that I would like for them to be.

    Cover the pieces of newspaper with your paperclay. You can either paint the newspaper with a light coat of gesso for the clay to stick to it a bit easier, or you can just go on ahead and add the clay without it as I did.

    Let the clay sit for at least 24 hours or until it dries out completely. When it is fully dry, sand the piece down to the level of smoothness that you desire. I use about a 400 grit sandpaper to sand down some of the larger lumps while an 800 grit sheet can smooth the piece out overall.

    For this project, I used four paints, a mustard like yellow, orange, white and black. I painted each piece white at the top, yellow in the middle and orange on the bottom to mimic a piece of candy corn.

    Once I let the paint dry, I drew over it with a pencil to work out the type of faces I’d like to paint. Once I settled on the expressions, I painted them on with a fine brush and black paint. I then sealed the pieces with varnish to protect the paint from chipping.

    Have fun and stick these where ever you feel fit to add to your decor!

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

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    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Sculpting a Pumpkin with Creative Paperclay®




    Creative Paperclay®

    Paper Mache' pumpkin Hobby Lobby, JoAnn, Michaels

    Acrylic paints

    Crackle paint

    Sculpting tools

    Paint brushes


    Rolling pin

    I love this time of the year because it means it's getting closer to Halloween. One of my favorite things to sculpt are pumpkin faces. 
    This pumpkin can be made in any size and you can make any expression. I love the green pumpkins so decided that's what this one would be.

    Roll out a thin layer of Creative Paperclay with a rolling pin, the clay should be large enough to cover the pumpkin. Paint a thin coat of glue on the pumpkin so the clay will stick to it and cover the pumpkin. Press the clay so you can see the indentations on the pumpkin.

    Choose the side you want the face to be on and take your thumbs and press in where the eyes will go. 

    Take a piece of clay the size you want the nose to be, I like bigger noses on the pumpkins. Roll into a tear drop shape. Take a brush and paint the nose area with water to use as a glue. put the nose in place and blend the edges into the pumpkin head. Smooth with your brush and water.

    Next the mouth. 

    I make a piece that's in the shape of a stretched out triangle, put that on the face close to the bottom of the nose smooth the top edge. Add a sausage shape for the bottom lip smooth the bottom edge to the face. Smooth the mouth with your brush and water.

    The cheeks are pieces that look similar to a large kidney bean. Make two the same size. Brush water to the cheek area and add the pieces to the face on both sides and blend to the face.

    No I'm not picking his nose I'm making nostrils.

    Take a tool and press in at an angle on both sides to create the nostrils. Take the tool and press in on the upper lip in the center to make the little indentation on the upper lip.

    Take the tool and gently open the mouth up enough to add a tongue. Take a small piece of clay in a tear drop shape and press it flat in a tongue shape. Put the narrow end of the tongue in the mouth and blend it in to secure it in the mouth.

    Take two pieces of clay rolled in balls for the eyeballs, add a little water to the eye sockets and stick the balls into the sockets. lend the edges to the sockets. Take two strips of clay for the eyebrows and blend hem into the forehead and onto the eyeballs. I made this pumpkin to look like his eyes are 

    Take a sharp tool and draw a line at the bottom of the eye for the closed eyelid. Take a tool and press in the inner corners for the tear duct. 

    The face is finished just smooth with a brush and water. 

    For the stem take a piece of clay that looks like a carrot. Make grooves in the stem with the sharp tool.  Add the stem to the top of the pumpkin and twist it to the shape you want.

    Let the pumpkin completely dry.

    Sand smooth after it's dry.

    Paint the pumpkin in whatever base color you want. I used an orange color and a dark green for the stem.  Let dry.

    Paint the pumpkin with crackle paint and let dry then paint the top coat with a contrasting color. I chose light green color. I painted the tongue red after the pumpkin had dried. 

    Your pumpkin is finished! 


    Thanks for checking out this tutorial.

    Creative Paperclay®  
    Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joann, Amazon