Saturday, September 25, 2021

Autumn Fairy Lantern - Part 2 - Painting and Finishing

This is Part 2 of The Autumn Fairy Lantern Project

Hey Everybody!  I am Jesse Chandler and I want to welcome you to Part 2 of The Autumn Fairy Lantern Project, Painting and Decorating!  So Let’s Go!!! 



Suggestions to Start

Watch all Video Lessons before starting your project for best success!  


Gather all supplies before beginning to avoid frustration later.


Please be gentle with yourself during the Creative Process.  The Piece does not have to be Perfect for you to have a Perfectly Wonderful time making it!


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Supply List

CREATIVE PAPERCLAY® Unpainted Autumn Fairy Lantern - sculpted and dried 

Matt or Tile or Other flat, smooth surface to work on

Old Cloth for wiping paint

Pallet for Paint

Alcohol Hand Sanitizer

Flat and small Round Paint Brushes in a couple different sizes

Stylus or non working Pen for Stippling

Thin Permanent Marker

White Gesso

Acrylic Paints: I used bright colors in Red, Yellow, Orange and Green, as well as Dark Brown, and White.  But please use what suits you!

Sealant - Spray or Brush on. I used Mod Podge Matt Finish.  You can use gloss though.

LED Votive Candle


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1. Introduction:




Necessary Supplies:




3. Applying Gesso





4. Applying White Base Coat







5. Dry Brush Technique and Practice






6. Dry Brushing Petals





7. Painting Berries, Center, and Stippling





8. Painting Back and Sealing





9. Conclusion 





Place LED tea Light in center, and see who comes to visit in these last days of Summer!




Breathe. Would love to see photos of your work! Write me here on FaceBook 
with Questions or Comments. Thanks so much for spending some time with me. 

You can find Creative Paperclay® at the following retailer’s:
Creative Paperclay® Online Store, Michael’s, Amazon, Joann's




© 2021 Jesse Chandler


Friday, September 24, 2021

How to Create a Stick Puppet




Happy Friday everyone, Cinnamon here and I am going to show you all how I created this puppet. I was inspired by my Wayang Golek puppets in my collection which are wooden puppets traditionally performed with in West Java, Indonesia. 


(Wayang Golek puppets and Colonial statues on far right)


Supplies:

Creative Paperclay

5 Skewers

Masking tape

Cork or any type of filler

Acrylic paint

Wire

Exacto Knife

Needle nose pliers

Aleene's Tacky Glue

Lambswool (optional)

Sealer



First you will need to try to figure out what size you would like for your puppet to be. This will help you determine how long you will need for the sticks to be. I wanted to keep my puppet on the smaller side co I cut the sticks in half that I would use for the hands and left the other on for the body at full size






I took a cork that I had laying around and cut it down to size with an exacto knife. I used this for the basic shape for the head, put it on top of the long skewer and taped it in place with masking tape.






Once the cork is secure in place, begin to smooth clay around it for the head. Keep building up the head and the face. When you reach your level of satisfaction, set the piece aside to dry.







Start building the hands. You will need to take smaller pieces of the skewers and make sure they are long enough for the forearm of your piece. When you get the size of the skewers right, begin to chisel a bit into both skewers so that you could attach them to the body with a string later. I went an inch down from the back of the stick with my shaving.





Start making the hands on the other end of the stick. Don’t get too detailed since you will need a sort of mitt to run some string through for the sticks. Make sure you shape out a hole in the center before the clay dries for the string!





Here I am picking the head back up to work on some of the features of the doll. I let the doll head sit for a little bit so that it could begin to dry. It makes it easier to work up your piece in layers so that you can sculpt without disturbing the bottom layer.





Let the head and the hands sit out to fully dry. After the head dries, you can begin to build out the shoulders with your wire. It can be any gauge but I like to use a thinner wire so that I can manipulate it easier. Use your pliers to take some of the stress off of your hands. Leave a hoop on each shoulder so that you can attach the arms later





Once you have the shape of the shoulders, cover them with masking tape to bulk them out a bit and cover with paperclay. You can build a torso if you would like, I kept it simple and just added a little bit of clay under the shoulders.






Set the piece aside and allow it to dry. Take the main skewers that you will be using to control the arms and carve out a little notch as you did with the skewer for the forearms.






Sand your pieces down to get them to the level of smoothness that you'd like.

Get your thread and tie it really tight around the notches that you made and make a knot to attach the arms to the torso. Glue the string onto the skewer with e6000 glue.






Take a piece of thread and thread it through the hole in the hand and the bead on the other side of it. Take the thread and pull it back through the hole on the hand. The bead will keep the tread from going through the other side of the hand. Repeat the process on the other side of the hand.






Paint your pieces once they are dry. Put a sealant onto your piece.





Now take your hands and attach them to the sticks that you carved a notch out in.





Take a square of fabric and size it up with the puppet to see how much you want to use for the outfit. You can either make sleeves and a fitted top with a skirt or you could take the easy way out and make a cloak like I did. 





Optional, but this is a good time to add some hair onto your piece. I use Aleene's Tacky glue to attach the hair.




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's, Amazon, Joann's.


See more of my work at Melandolly.com, catch updates on 

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Monday, September 6, 2021

Making Embellishments with Creative Paperclay®

 Hello! Welcome to another tutorial. Today I want to show you how versatile Creative Paperclay can be. My main use is sculptures but I also use it to make embellishments for my craft and mixed media projects. I used molds, rubber stamps and freeform to make these gorgeous embellishments.





To make the embellishments you will need Creative Paperclay, molds, cornstarch, a rolling pin, a craft knife and a rubber stamp. You can decorate them with whatever paints etc. you have on hand. 

For the lovely pink coiled flower, roll out your clay into a snake and then roll up like a pinwheel. Set it aside to dry. You can make it as large or small as you like. 




If you are using a mold, dust it lightly with cornstarch and press in the clay. Carefully remove it and set it aside to dry.





You can also freeform shapes such as hearts. 


For this one a rolled out the clay thin (about an eighth of an inch) and then stamped the clay using my favorite dragonfly stamp. 


I then set them all aside to dry.


I decorated them using acrylics,


gilders pastes,


and gilders paint.


For the dragonfly and painted with acrylic paint and then sprayed with a walnut ink.



I think they all came out beautifully don't you? Now I have more embellishments to add to my stash. 

I do hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Thank you so much for joining me. 

Please 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 suzettehussey.com


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


Happy Crafting!


Suzette


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Monday, August 30, 2021

Pumpkin Gnome

 



Hidden among the vines in the garden shadows lives a little pumpkin gnome.  Enjoy this fun tutorial to start making your own gnomes for Fall.  Make a whole family and decorate your table scattering them throughout your fall décor.  


Time for a little fun so gather your supplies and click play on the short video below. Let's get creative.  


***I didn't realize how much I wiggle the table - lesson learned, no more tripod on the table top.



SUPPLIES: Foil Creative Paperclay® clay tools water paper towel fine sandpaper acrylic paint paint brushes

Total time to create 1.5 hours



This tutorial was created by SusieK of Art by SusieK a proud 
Creative Paperclay® Design Team Member



To see more of Susie's art, visit her Facebook and Instagram pages by searching @ArtbysusieK and @WillowHollowWoods


email ArtbySusieK@gmail.com
Website www.ArtbySusieK.com




Saturday, August 28, 2021

Autumn Fairy Lantern


Hey Everybody! I'm Jesse Chandler and I want to welcome you to Part 1 of 
The Autumn Fairy Lantern Project. As you can see the Lantern is unadorned 
as of now, but in September we will move onto Part 2 - Painting and Decorating! 

So Let’s Go!!!




Autumn Fairy Lantern - Part 1 - Hand Building

Supply List

CREATIVE PAPERCLAY®  - For this project you will probably use about 4-6 
ounces of clay. Around ⅓ of a 16 ounce package of Creative Paperclay® 
depending upon the size you decide on.

To make:

Foundation Center Circle

6 large Petals

6 smaller Petals

1 Spiral Center

Various sized Berries

Other Supplies:

Matt or Tile or Other flat, smooth surface to work on

Flat Paint Brush

Clay tool for smoothing

Stylus or scoring tool

Rolling Pin

Plastic Wrap

Tape

Plastic bag

Small pieces of food box weight cardstock for Petal Template - you might 
want to size up or down, depending upon size of Saucer.

Cup of H2O

Spray bottle of H2O

LED Votive Candle

Small shallow bowl or saucer for mold (see different options in photo below)











Download Template for Petals

Petal Template is included mostly as a guide for shape.  You may have to try 
a couple different sizes to accommodate the Saucer you choose as a Slump Mold. 


Suggestions to Start

Read All Directions before starting for best success!

Gather all supplies before beginning to avoid frustration later.

Only roll out Creative Paperclay® as you need it so exposure doesn’t dry it out.

Please be gentle with yourself during the Creative Process. 
 The Piece does not have to be Perfect for you to have a Perfectly Wonderful 
time making it!

When not using Creative Paperclay® keep package closed and in a ziplock bag.

Before sculpting, condition Creative Paperclay® with a bit of water and 
kneading. Your hands will dry the clay out as you work it, don’t be afraid 
to add a bit more water. Process should only take 5 minutes.


Let’s Go!


One of the things that makes Creative Paperclay® so wonderful to 
work with is it’s likeness to ceramic clay. Because of that, many of the 
same techniques and practices apply. Below are a few Pottery Terms that 
will come in handy as we work together.


Scoring or Crosshatching - is the gentle scraping or drawing gentle 
indentations of 2 or more pieces of clay that you intend to fuse 
together permanently.


Spraying - Wetting or spritzing your clay. Do this after scoring the clay 
pieces for better adherence.


Covering - when you are not working with a portion or the whole piece, i
t’s important to keep it covered with a plastic bag. This will also help keep 
the piece from cracking. You can even spritz a little water in the bag to 
keep it hydrated.

Slump Mold - To Create the Fairy Lantern, you will be using the inside of 
a saucer or shallow bowl. This is called “working in the slump” 
or a “slump mold.”


Slip - A very wet clay and water mixture used to “glue” clay parts together.


Foundation

Cut a piece of plastic wrap to fit saucer. Lay over the inside of saucer 
and tape down plastic wrap securely on bottom of saucer.






Roll out palm sized ball of Creative Paperclay® to ¼” thickness with rolling pin. T
o get level ¼ thick pieces, place a regular pencil on each side of Creative Paperclay® 
and roll. The pencil should provide the right thickness. Flip the Creative Paperclay® 
over and roll on that side as well for smoothness. Roll in the opposite direction 
like you would a pie crust.









Make Foundation center circle about the same size as the center of saucer 
or use the the LED candle circumference as a guide.









Spray both center of saucer and underside of Creative Paperclay® circle. 
 Press Creative Paperclay® circle down into center of saucer until it’s 
about ⅛” thick. Cover saucer and Creative Paperclay® with plastic bag 
and set aside.






Petals - Large

Roll out palm sized ball of Creative Paperclay® to ¼” thickness using 
pencils and rolling pin. (See Foundation photos) 

Free hand (Suggestion: Practice on Paper First) or use pdf template 
to cut from Creative Paperclay® - 6 Large Petals. As you cut each Petal, 
set aside and cover.









Spray and Smooth Petal edges with finger and paint brush to avoid 
sanding later. Set aside and cover each when finished.









Check fit of Petals over Foundation.






Score Foundation circle gently with clay tool or stylus. Score the underside 
of lower end of 2 Petals. Spray each scored surface.









Place each Petal on opposite sides of Foundation circle from 
one another. Press base of each Petal into Foundation circle, until it adheres.









Repeat scoring, spraying and placing the other four Petals in the 
open spaces around Foundation circle, allowing them to touch, but leaving 
a small open space in the middle. Press the remaining for Petals down 
onto Foundation. If there is some “Petal overlap” that’s okay.










Spritz and cover with plastic bag and set aside.




Petals - Smaller

Roll out palm sized ball of Creative Paperclay® to ¼” thickness using 
pencils (as guide) and rolling pin. (See Foundation photo)

Free hand (Suggestion: Practice on Paper First) or use pdf template to 
cut from Creative Paperclay® - 6 Smaller Petals. As you cut each Petal, 
set aside and cover.









Spray and Smooth Petal edges with finger and paint brush to avoid 
sanding later, as you did with the Large Petals. Set aside and cover each 
when finished






Suggestion: After Cutting out Small Petals try them out for fit and look, 
over Large Petals, but don't Press them into place permanently. I find when 
I get something I like it helps to take a picture so I will remember it.






Take Small Petals off and score with clay tool or stylus, the underside of 
lower end of Small Petals. 





Score top of Large Petals at base near center circle opening with tool or stylus.  
Spray each scored surface.






Place, (don’t press yet!) the first Small Petal between 2 Large Petals that 
are already fused to Foundation.






Place, (don’t press yet!) second Small Petal on opposite side of Foundation 
circle from first, between 2 Large Petals.






Repeat scoring, spraying and placing, (don’t press yet!) the other four Petals i
n open spaces onto circle, between Large Petals. Allow Petals to overlap and 
spill onto each other at base, but leave a small open space in the middle.





When you are satisfied with the look, press base of each Small Petal 
into Foundation circle/Large Petal base, until it adheres.






Petals Veins - (Suggestion: Practice on Paper First.)

With your stylus or carving tool, free hand 1 vein up through the center of Petal 
vertically. Be delicate and make only a gentle indentation in the Creative Paperclay®. 
You want to draw on the Creative Paperclay®, not weaken it with a deep cut.









Carefully free hand diagonal veins from each side of the vertical center line. 3 or 4 
on each side of the center vein are usually enough.









Spritz and cover with plastic bag and set aside.




Spiral Overlay

Using hands, roll a ball of Creative Paperclay® about the size of a half dollar, 
into snake shape about 8”-10” long and ¼” thick.









Spray Creative Paperclay® snake with h20 and Coil into tight Circle. 









The goal is to cover the Foundation Center and rough base edges of Petals, 
while making a flat spot for the votive to sit. Your snake may be too long, 
so just use what you need to accomplish the above goal.






Place coil over foundation, (don’t press yet!), covering Pressed bottom of petals.






At this point you may want to place the Votive on the Spiral and check fit. 
 Make changes to spiral or piece as necessary.

Score and spray the bottom of the Spiral and bottom of Small Petals.  
Press Spiral very gently to fuse, but carefully so Spiral remains intact. 
Spray and smooth Spiral, Petals and Veins as needed. Spritz and cover 
with plastic bag and set aside.




Berries

The final step is making Creative Paperclay® Berries in three different sizes 
to cover your sins and to jack up the “cute factor!” There may be some trial 
and error here to get sizes and look you like. Or better yet, skip my directions 
and work up your own design!

With hands, roll out a tiny ball of Creative Paperclay® about the size of 
the tip of your pinkie finger for the Largest Berries. This should fit the empty 
space at the base of a Large Petal, between the overlapped Small Petals.






Check fit. DON’T PRESS! Adjust size as needed and make 5 more 
of these (6 total). Spray, score surfaces and press firmly into position to adhere.




With hands, roll out a tiny ball of Creative Paperclay®, a bit smaller, 
for Medium Berries. This should fit the empty space all along outside 
edge of spiral and at the base of the smaller Petals.






Check fit. DON’T PRESS! Adjust size of Berries and make as many as 
need to go completely around Spiral. Spray, score surfaces and press 
firmly into position to adhere.






With hands, roll out a tiny ball of Creative Paperclay®, even smaller, 
for Small Berries. This will sit above and centered between the 2 medium 
berries and on smaller Petals.






Check fit. DON’T PRESS! Adjust size as needed and make as many as 
needed to go completely around circumference of Smaller Petals, around 
outside circumference of Medium Berries. Spray, score surfaces and press 
into position to adhere.






Place LED Tea Light in center to check for fit. It should sit right on the Spiral, 
inside the Berries. Gently move berries and make adjustments as needed. 
 Smooth over Creative Paperclay® that got roughed up.






Put back in Slump Mold (saucer) with plastic wrap. Spray the whole piece 
and cover lightly with plastic bag. Place somewhere safe with ventilation. 
 Be patient, don’t handle and let the piece dry completely on top.






After a couple of days you can gently turn it upside down, make a little bed 
for it to rest over, from a dry sponge or cloth. Place it gently, uncovered. 
 Be patient, don’t handle and let the piece dry completely on bottom.






During the drying process you may find that a couple of Berries have 
come loose. Just make up a bit of slip and reattach to Lantern. Fill any 
cracks with slip and a brush.

Smooth very carefully in places that may need it with a tiny bit of H2O 
and a very soft brush. Allow to dry again.












Below are different examples of ways to use Berries and Spirals for 
embellishment with the Creative Paperclay®.  Go Crazy and have Fun!











Breathe. Would love to see photos of your work! Write me here on Face Book 
with Questions or Comments. Thanks so much for spending some time with me. 
Painting Tutorial coming in September! Until then…


You can find Creative Paperclay® at the following retailer’s:
Creative Paperclay® Online Store, Michael’s, Amazon, Joann's




       
             Jesse Chandler