Friday, March 29, 2019

Creative Paperclay® Lover's Eye

My friends call me a mad art scientist because I love to experiment. In this case, I am using a Creative Paperclay® element as a Lover's Eye inside a cigar box that has been laser cut and etched then embellished. The embellished clay eye becomes the "sweet" spot in this piece of art.


Creative Paperclay®
Acrylic Paint
Alcohol Inks
Silicone Molds
Cigar Box
Metal Leaf
Pearls & Rhinestones
Glass Eye

 The Creative Paperclay® flower was dry brushed with a Titan Buff acrylic paint after a wash of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold acrylic paint had dried. A glass eyeball was glued to the center then vintage pearls were glued around it.

The inspiration for this project was Lover's Eyes. In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged "eye miniatures" -- love tokens so clandestine that even now, in the majority of cases, it is impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict.
Next I took a cigar box to the local makers space ( a makers space is a shared workshop and artist/artisan community.) These spaces throughout the country allow you to use 3D printers and laser cutters/etchers as well as many other techno tools. Often local junior colleges have these as well.

Before taking it in, I applied metal leaf to the box, sanded it and then worked out the design I planned to etch into it.

I laser cut the hole in the center and etched the floral design into the metal leaf box. I painted the etched flowers with alcohol inks then added the rhinestones and crosses. The inside of the box was painted black.

I added my Creative Paperclay® eye by building up a backing to it and gluing it to the back of the box so the eye floated in the hole. A circle of rhinestones was added before I placed it in place.

Have fun. Dream in Color.

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Monday, March 25, 2019

How to make some pretty napkin rings for Summer

Supplies Needed for this Project:

Water for cleanup
Powder or cornstarch
Clay knife or xacto knife
Spray Sealer

Step 1:

Gather the materials needed to complete the project. Take the Creative Paperclay and roll it out to about a quarter inch thick. Cut the clay into six, three inch wide pieces. Shape the clay into circles that are three inches across and set aside to dry.

Step 2:

Use a leaf garland mold and the Creative Paperclay to make pieces to wrap around the napkin rings once they are dry and while the leaf garland is still wet, apply it to the napkin ring with glue and set aside to dry.

Step 3:

Use the flower mold and the Creative Paperclay to make six flowers which you can glue unto the dry napkin ring while the flowers are still wet and then set them aside once again to dry.

Step 4:

Use your Plaid Evergreen Paint to paint around the napkin rings and use the Martha Stewart metallic gold to paint the flowers on all of the napkin rings. Take a little of the Rub & Buff gold and highlight the napkin rings with it. Once dry, spray seal the napkin rings with the sealer of your choice.

Except for waiting for the Creative Paperclay to dry, this project went very quickly. My sister is going to be receiving these napkin rings as she is such a help to me and she decorates her table for every season and in between. I hope you like how these turned out and will go to the Creative Paperclay Website and check out the many projects that they have on the website also and that you will go out and purchase some Creative Paperclay for yourself.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Create a Standing Sculpture With Creative Paperclay®

Hello everyone! My name is Cinnamon Willis and today's tutorial is going to show you all how to create a standing statue on a base using Creative Paperclay®. In honor of Women’s history month, I am going to introduce you to another sculptor named Elizabeth Catlett. Most of Mrs. Catlett's works revolve around social justice and themes of feminism, and they were done in a modernist style. For this project, I wanted to demonstrate how to create a standing sculpture like her sculpture of Mahalia Jackson who was a gospel singer and a notable civil rights activist.


  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Thick wire 16 gauge
  • Thin wire 22 gauge
  • Drill with small drill bits
  • Pliers
  • Masking tape
  • Sand paper
  • Your choice of Acrylic paint
  • Sealer, Varnish

For this piece, I started building the armature with two types of wire one being a thin 22 gauge and the other in 16 gauge. Shape the thicker wire with your hands and pliers to create the overall body form, be careful not to poke yourself. Take the loose thin wire and weave it around the thicker wire to secure it in place. With this piece I decided to make the piece with 3 supports since the third could be hidden under the dress. I worked on the top half and bottom half separately as shown above but you can do it in one piece if you wish.

Here I attached both the top and bottom halves by wrapping the thin wire around the center of both to secure the pieces in place. Make sure that this is tight and secure so that it could support the weight of the clay. Then take a pencil and mark off where you would like the beams to be on the base

When you decide on the right placement for the holes drill them into the base. When drilling, it is important to get the drill bit that would be just the right size for the wire that will be placed into it. I used a drill bit that was roughly the same width of the thicker wire that I plan to stick down into the hole so that it would be a snug fit. Once I placed the wire far enough into the base, I took the pliers and bent the wire sticking out from the very top in a angle to kind of lock the armature in place. This was done at the base of each wire. It worked in this case for me, but you may have to glue the wire down into the hole for it to stay, I would probably use epoxy for a good adherence. 

Take your masking tape and wrap it around the armature completely. You could paint a layer of gesso on top of the tape so that the clay could adhere better to it or just stick the clay it on as I sometimes do. You may need to add a drop of water to the surface for the clay to grab hold to better.

Start adding your first layer of clay to the base. Once the piece is dry, which roughly takes 24 hours depending on the thickness of the clay, you could begin adding more to bulk out the piece if you need to. Remember that if the clay dries and has a few cracks, you can add more clay into the area that cracked to fill it up. When that dries you can get started working on the details such as the face shape and features. This can be done by adding a drop of water onto the places that you would like to add clay to and blending the new clay into it. Don’t worry about getting things perfect when working with moist paper clay, most of the sculpting is done when it is dry.

When working on a piece like this, I find it easier to build up the face in different intervals and allow each stage to dry before I continue. This allows me to work without worrying about me ruining a part of the doll that isn't dry yet. After building up this piece quite a bit with the clay, I sanded down the parts that I wanted to be smooth.

I decided to make this piece gold so that I could pretend that I just won an Oscar. I mean, it is sort of on a pedestal right, so why not? I used about 5 coats of Martha Stewart's metallic paint to get it looking the way that I wanted it to.

Thank you all once again 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, March 21, 2019

Revisiting a Redo with Creative Paperclay®

Hello there! Jenn here sharing a revisited, re-done project from the past! 

This originally started as a plain glass cologne bottle as seen below....
If you are anything like me you are not always happy with every project you do or you stop in the middle...This is what happened with this poor bottle. I originally had painted it and readied it to be a rusty project and decided nahhh. So today I will show you how I turned it into this stunning iridescent bottle using Creative Paperclay® and Delight™!

First I added molded Creative Paperclay® and Delight™ flowers and faces.

I then coated the entire piece in heavy black gesso.

Finally I added iridescent waxes, sprays, and inks in an array of blues and purples to creat that oil slick look.

I created a stopper using a molded ornate piece and Delight™. I used a plastick stick to hold them together.

Supply List:
Black Gesso
An array of iridescent waxes, inks, and sprays

In the end I added some microbeads and glitter for a bit more lightness. I wanted to show both. 

Creative Paperclay® is moldable and sculptable!

Delight™ air dry modeling compound is lightweight when dry so it is great for creating projects such as these. It takes very well to inks and sprays when dried and gessoed as well.
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!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fun Easter Altered Can

Hello everyone, how are you!  I wanted to get a fun project in early enough that you can spend some time in creating this for a special person in your life!  For this project I used:
  1. Delight product
  2. Flower mold (I used Stampin Up' mold, can use any)
  3. Pink cardstock, white cardstock, green cardstock, misc. colors cardstock
  4. Sizzix die cuts - flower, vine, and butterfly
  5. Punches - sun, border, egg or balloon punch (trimmed)
  6. Can of your choice (I used a coffee can)
This started as a thought, and by the time I was done, I was so excited to get it done!  My sister has
an Easter party every year where she has a big dinner and Easter egg hunt!!!!!  I asked for her favorite color - and this is what I ended up with!  I can't wait to share it with her, I love it so much I might have to make one for me kind of like it!

Step one:  Using the Delight product and the mold you selected - create enough flowers and allow them to dry!  I used small flowers for the middle of the paper flowers, along with larger flowers to just place where they needed to be!
Step two:  Using the background paper - attach the background paper first.  I used a glue gun!
Step three: Using the border punch - punch 2 strips of the same size (2") for the bottom border.  They will overlap a bit as you attach them to the bottom of the can.
Step four:  Using the Sizzix machine - die cut the vines (6), 4 different colors of flowers (8 each color), and 2 butterfly's - set aside
Step five:  Punch the sun for the middle of the flower in coordinating colors, and some egg shape or balloon punches (cutting off the bottom to form an egg shape)
Step six:  Start to form the flowers - using 2 of the same color flower, with a coordinating middle piece, and we will add the dried flower molds a few steps down the line.  Keep repeating until all the flowers are done
Step seven:  Start to put the vines on - I did this part first to hide the background paper seams!  I then added the flowers so they went all around the can, with the eggs in between
Step eight:  After the molded flowers are dried completely - go around and add the smaller flowers to the middle of the flowers, and the larger flowers around the creation

I can't wait to get the rest of her package ready to mail - some fun bookmarks for her to give out - as well as cards!  This project just wouldn't be COMPLETE without Delight flowers!  Nice and soft to use, and doesn't take a long time to dry!  Find the perfect mold - grab some Delight and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy,
Lynda Jeffs
Lynda Jeffs Designs - formerly Memories in Tyme      

Monday, March 4, 2019

Upcycle a Bottle with Delight Clay™

Hello, do you often keep bottles just because you think you could upcycle them? I certainly do, and I end up with so many bottles! In today's project will upcycle one of these bottles and use Delight Clay™ to make fabulous embellishments to decorate it. 

You will need a few simple supplies for this project, some of which you may have laying around the house.

Supply List

Delight Clay™
Tissue - the kind you get in presents
Printed Napkins - as collage papers
matte medium or Mod Podge
gel medium
Folk Art Multi-surface Paint

  • Gilding Wax - Antique Gold
  • Gilding Paint - Antique Gold
  • Ageing Patina - Gold Finish

Follow along in the video below:

Here are some pictures of the finished bottle.

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

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

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, March 1, 2019

March 2019 First Friday Fan Day

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

Paperclay Trays
Ladybug Magnets
Clay Lantern
Place Card Holder
Incense Holder

Paperclay Rabbit
Altoid Box Shrine
Shamrock Food Picks

  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