Saturday, April 27, 2019

Quick & Easy Facelift for a Frame

Found this funky frame and painting at a junk/antique store and could see the potential in it. You can find these frames everywhere and don't worry if they are not perfect because we can fix that with cast objects. There are basically three easy steps to change the look of the frame.

As a mixed media artist, the hunt for these treasures it part of the joy when I do a piece of art. The magic of art is the other part.


Creative Paperclay®
Black spray paint (Krylon)
Fondant molds
E6000 glue

I have a large collection of fondant molds as well as silicone molds that I have created. Depending on the piece of art or the time I have, I may leave the paper clay in the mold until it has dried. If a piece has delicate edges this is a great way for it to dry. It also prevents warping. I keep a square of linoleum in my studio that I put my "wet" cast objects to dry. They tend not warp when I put them on the linoleum.

Next, I glued the cast pieces on to the frame with E6000. I like how fast it sets up. When working on a painting there is so much waiting time for paint or clay to dry. To spray the frame, I used a Krylon matte black.

 Close up of section of the painted frame with cast objects.

Finished painting collaged with part of the original painting an placed in the updated frame. Not only fun but looks so much better than the original. Now, wasn't that easy?

Dream in Color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Friday, April 26, 2019

How to Create a Prop Umbrella

Hello everyone! My name is Cinnamon Willis and today's tutorial is going to show you how I made this prop umbrella. I've been wanting to make an umbrella for my dolls for a while especially with all this rain we've been getting this April. I have been trying to decide which would be the best way to go about it, so I thought I'd try out this method where I put the clay over some tulle and let it dry. The steps that I went with are listed below:


  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Thick wire 16 gauge
  • Pliers
  • Masking tape
  • Sand paper
  • Your choice of Acrylic paint
  • Sealer, Varnish

First I started out with some wire about 16 gauge and made this armature for the umbrella.

I took the masking tape that I had and wrapped each piece of wire individually so that they could be re-positioned later.

After wrapping the frame thoroughly with masking tape, I carefully stretched some tulle across to cover all sides of the umbrella. After the tulle is stretched tight, I took some thread and secured the tulle at the bottom of each spoke.

To begin covering this piece, I took two pieces of clay and sandwiched the tulle with them from the top and underneath. Use a drop of water to make the pieces softer if you need to. Work from the middle outwards towards the sides. Make sure that you have the piece in the shape that you want it to be, monitor it and reshape it while it dries since the clay shrinks a little. This step is crucial as the clay will warp the piece if you don't keep an eye on it while it dries.

Add the clay in thin layers allowing it to dry in between applications. Sand the piece to get it smooth if you would like. I didn't do too much sanding to smooth out this piece so it is still rough in a few places. I have to stop myself from sanding since that is the step that I usually obsess over, but by all means, sand your heart out if you please!

I used some chalk art paint that I had from Plaid's Folk art collection. I liked the Tiffany blue color so I decided to go with it to give the umbrella a bit of Je Ne Sais Quoi. Here's how I used it in the photos below with a doll that I've previously made.

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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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Delight Air Dry Eggs with my 5th graders

It is getting close to Easter and my classroom is in full holiday swing mixed with April recycling projects!  My 5th graders have been working on recycled magazine basket weaving.  Of course, students work at different paces and a few have already completed their baskets.  What next??  Why eggs, of course.

I have an enormous box of plastic eggs that were donated a couple of years ago ("Could you use a bag of plastic eggs?  I have been weeding out" surprise?  the "bag" was a lawn bag FILLED with eggs!!).  I pulled out the box of eggs and let each choose one.  We added some glass beads to the inside to turn the eggs into shaker/maraca eggs.  Then came the clay...

I pulled out the Delight clay and gave each student a piece (about 1/8th of the package).  I demoed how color can be added with washable markers by dabbing the marker onto the clay.  Kneading the color into the clay will turn the normally white clay into the color chosen.  Many students chose to marbleize the color by partially mixing the color into the clay.  Others decided to cover the egg before coloring with markers or acrylic paint.  Soon snakes and coils, polka dots and pancakes of clay took over the tables.  As you can imagine, no 2 were alike!

I have a ton of Tandy leather stamping tools that I use with my clay students for texture as well as texture sheets and rollers.  I put everything out for the students to use to embellish their eggs. 

Once complete, we placed the eggs in (what else??) an egg carton to dry.  (NOTE: I used a Styrofoam  egg carton to keep the clay from sticking to the sides)

Super easy project!  Great for all ages and abilities.  Don't have plastic eggs??  The Delight Air Dry could also go around paper mache' eggs or ceramic eggs or create a free form egg shape from foil!

Friday, April 5, 2019

April 2019 First Friday Fan Day

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

Cactus Candle Holders
Love Birds
Cookie Cutter Earrings
Whale Mobile Phone Holder
Spring Birds

Clay Pot for Succulents
Cream Puff Charm
Creative Paperclay Fascinator
Lock and Key Pendant

  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, April 1, 2019

Speckled Easter Eggs

Hello, Easter is almost here so I have been busy making Easter Decor. I colored some Delight Clay™ with chalk pastels and made these adorable Easter Eggs. I then decorated a tiny basket so my eggs had somewhere to go. I have made a video tutorial for you, so you too can make these Speckled Easter Eggs.

Supplies Needed

  • Delight Clay™
  • chalk pastels
  • mini basket
  • acrylic paint - Folk Art Acrylic Vintage White
  • bronze or brown acrylic paint
  • ribbon to wrap around your basket
  • small bow
  • shredded Kraft Paper
  • glue
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • plate
  • glue gun and stick
  • wet wipe or damp cloth

Follow along in the video below and make your own speckled eggs!

Aren't they beautiful? They actually look edible.

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!