Thursday, February 14, 2019

You are Lovely Altered Frame

Hello everyone! Jenn here today to share my altered frame I created using Creative Paperclay™ and Delight®!

 Creative Paperclay™ Modeling Material and Delight® are great for creating beautiful molded embellishments for all mixed media projects such as this altered frame.
Here is a  photo tutorial on how I created mine:
You can use watercolor pencils as I did with a waterbrush or use paints as well.

All of my embellishments were molded using silicone molds. I always have a stash of molded pieces!
Use scraps of cardboard at different thicknesses to elevate the pieces for dimension.

Be sure to dry in between sprays of color with a heat tool so they do not mix.

 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!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Valentine Love

Happy almost Valentine's Day!  For my blog post this month I went back in time...WAY back to when my husband and I were dating for a couple of throwback photos.  I put those together with texture, Pan Pastels, a few hearts, a painted canvas, and (of course) my favorite Delight! Air Dry Modeling Compound.

Over the summer I experimented with acrylic flow painting and a variety of ways to create the "flow".  It took 3 attempts and a large number of canvases to get my mix "just right", but in the end I was thrilled with the canvases.  I went to my stash of painted canvases for the base of this project and found the perfect one!

As I looked at the canvas I knew I wanted wording on it.  Bless my man's heart, he surprised me with a Cricut Maker for Christmas.  I knew it was about time to open the box and experiment (yes, it took me THAT long!).  After learning the basics and going through a bit of frustration (thank you Leticia for all the hand holding!), I was able to create the perfect saying for my canvas.
NOTE 1:  I would NOT suggest starting out with something this difficult, but then I am known for jumping in with both feet. NOTE 2: If you don't have a Cricut the saying can be added with sharpie directly to the canvas OR printed on vellum and attached to the canvas OR printed and decoupaged to the canvas (this option will cover the painted background though)

 With my saying firmly attached to the canvas it was time to start the clay work.  This is my FAVORITE part!!  Delight Air Dry is my go to choice when it comes to "quick & easy" projects (not counting the canvas and Cricut experiments 😉).  I pulled out a few tools to work with:
1) texture (a rubber stamp sheet and a favorite leather stamp)
2) Pan Pastels
3) a couple of heart cutters
4) a knife/cutting tool of some sort
5) and (of course) Delight Air Dry Modeling Compound

Pull off a bit of clay and flatten it with an acrylic roller or rolling pin or pasta machine (I have all 3 in my studio).  Once flattened, impress with the texture.
 Cut out a heart (whatever size needed to frame the chosen photo elements).  
Use the knife (unless you have a larger heart cutter) to cut around the heart, creating a small frame once the inner heart is lifted out.

Remove the inner heart and set aside.  Place frame around photo element and trace the outer edge with a pencil/pen/marker.  Remove the clay frame and cut out photo.

The texture of the frame is highlighted by rubbing a bit of Pan Pastel over the top.  For this step remember to use a light touch and little bits of the pastels!  I had a small amount fall into the embedded texture...a quick "blow" removed it.
I repeated the process (flatten, cut, texture, pastel) with additional clay.  This piece was textured with one of my favorite leather stamps.
 (Oh my goodness, we were young!!)

Now to arrange the components on the canvas.
I thought it looked a little heavy.  It needed a little something else.  I removed both solid hearts, used a tiny heart cutter and cut out the insides of each. 
First I switched the insides
That looked nice, but still a little "heavy" when placed on the canvas.  So I decided to open them up.  After a bit of experimentation with the arrangement, I stopped with a mix of open hearts and solid hearts.  I let the components dry in place.  Once dry they were glued down (any glue will work but my favorite is Aleene's "The Ultimate! tacky glue).

I hope you have enjoyed this functional art piece.  You have enough time to create one of your own for last minute gift giving!  Have a beautiful Valentine's Day with your significant other.  See you next month!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Make a Voodoo Doll with Creative Paperclay®

Hello, my tutorial this month is kind of creepy but also fun. I think he is cute! Well, cute for a voodoo doll!

All levels of sculptors can make the doll. I made a video for you to follow along. Here is a list of supplies that you will need:

Follow along in the video below:

Here are some more photos.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. 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, February 1, 2019

February 2019 First Friday Fan Day

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

Mobile Phone Amplifier
Heart Garland
Valentine Heart Ornaments
Cactus Ring Holder
Inexpensive Clay Knobs
Sparkle Heart Dish

Heart Shaped Clay Box
Switch Plate Cover
Art Book with Creative Paperclay Cover

  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

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

"Super Simple Shimmery Snowflakes" by Linda Hess

The East Coast was hit with a snowstorm this past weekend.  What better way to spend my snow day off from school than by bringing the snow into my studio!  Of course, real snow would be a bit messy, so I grabbed my Delight Air Dry Modeling Compound and set to work.

I recently purchased snowflake cookie cutters when they were marked down after Christmas.  At $.40 each they were a steal of a deal!  As soon as I saw them I knew they could be used with air dry clays as well as my polymer clay creations.  Naturally I bought one of hindsight I should have purchased more!

I cut open a package of Delight clay and set to work (NOTE: Be sure to rewrap any leftover clay in a plastic baggie or plastic wrap).  I have a pasta machine in my studio, so I used it to flatten the clay into an even sheet.  However, if you don't have a pasta machine you can use an acrylic roller or rolling pin to flatten the clay. (TIP:  To achieve an even thickness, place the clay between 2 parallel popsicle sticks or 2 parallel pencils and roll flat with the acrylic roller or rolling pin).

Place the clay sheet on your work surface.  Press cutter firmly into clay sheet, pressing down along all of the edges.  Then press the plunger to transfer the texture to your snowflake.
Be sure to use enough pressure or the design will not transfer evenly.  If you look at the above snowflakes, the snowflake on the right didn't receive enough pressure (it was in all honesty my first try).  
The next "issue" I discovered is the plastic cutters sometime left a rough edge. 
This was easily taken care of by rolling a beading pin carefully along the edges.  If you don't have beading pins, a turkey lacer will also work (they're not just for lacing turkeys!)

Anyone who follows my work knows that I can't stop with plain, white snowflakes.  That would be too easy.  I have a huge draw full of powders and glitters.  The perfect additional touch for snowflakes?  A little Pearl Ex shimmer.  
This first one has Interference Violet.  

A little goes a long way, so the best way to use this powder is straight from the lid.  I turn the container upside down...tap, tap...and then turn it right side up...tap, tap.  Remove the lid carefully, then rub your pointer finger over the powder residue in the lid. 
Gently rub the powdered finger over the snowflake to transfer color to the snowflake.  I chose "True Blue" for the second snowflake.  Remember that a little goes a long way.  If the color is too light, then it can be darkened by adding another layer of powder.  Squelch the desire to dip your finger directly into the powder pot as this will result in a cloud of powder going into the air as well as powder falling into the snowflake crevices!

For my next snowflake I thought the introduction of some ultrafine glitter might work...I was wrong!  The glitter didn't spread smoothly over the surface.  It collected heavily in some areas and left other areas blank.  Chalk this one up as my learning experience for you 😉
For my last snowflake I returned to the powders and chose a purple shade.  The snowflakes still needed a little "something".  Luckily I had some crystals and silver spacer beads sitting on my table, screaming to be used.  I pressed a silver spacer into the center of my first snowflake, a blue crystal into the center of the blue, and a purple crystal into the center of the last snowflake.  PERFECT!

Allow the snowflakes to dry.  Once dry, gently remove crystals and spacers and then glue back into place.  

If hanging the snowflakes: A hole can be drilled after drying OR use the beading tool/turkey lacer to create a hole in the top before drying.  Once dry, add a string/ribbon and hang.  Create multiples in a variety of colors and use them for a mobile.  Super lightweight...these would also make great earrings!

For jewelry: Do not create a hole in the snowflake!  Instead glue a pinback on after the snowflake has dried.  By running a chain through the pinback, you can also wear the snowflake as a pendant! 


Monday, January 28, 2019

Valentine's and Snowmen do go together!

I love to make snowmen and I love to make Valentines. This project just seemed to put them together quite nicely.

Supplies Needed For This Project:

Styrofoam balls and round circle
Plaid Paint - Folk Art Multi-Surface/Ocean View
Plaid Paint- Folk Art Color Shift/Red Flash
Gesso- White
Ribbon - I used a small piece that was ruffled with pearls in it
Pipe Cleaner - I used a metallic red one
Clay embossing plate
Terri Sproul Ultra Fine Glitter
Plastic Coated Freezer Paper
Super Glue

These are a few of the items that I used for this project. I decided against the wire and used the wooden skewers instead. I didn't want his arms or legs to collapse. The paints weren't all used either, I used the red and also the blue. I went over the red that I used on his cheeks with the Plaid Folk Art Color Shift Red Flash because I thought the Red was too bright. The Plaid Folk Art Color Shift- Red Flash was used in all the other places that you see Red.

I began with the top part of the snowman and after connecting the two balls together with the skewer and Super Glue, his arms and legs were also created using the skewers and Super Glue. Here's where the fun began as the body and arms were covered with Creative Paperclay. The face was formed as was his hat. The arms were covered with the Creative Paperclay also and the snowman was left to dry overnight. I did have a space heater and a fan on it overnight also.

Once the top half was dry the bottom was detached at the legs and they were glued thoroughly and put back together again. The bottom styrofoam circle was covered with Creative Paperclay as was the snowman's legs. The hearts were created by rolling out the Creative Paperclay using an embossing plate and pressing it into the clay and then using a heart shaped clay cutter (like a cookie cutter) to cut all of the hearts out. They were placed around the bottom and then glued in place with the Super Glue. Then the snowman was left overnight in the same situation as before to dry.

Once the clay was dry the next day the finishing touches were put on. The piece was gessoed, the hearts were painted with the Plaid Folk Art Color Shift - Red Flash, the shoes and hat had the Plaid Folk Art Multi- Surface Paint/Ocean View used on them. I then used the Plaid Mod Podge-Glossy and spread it on the snowman and sprinkled the Terri Sproul Ultra Fine Glitter on it, worked great. The pipe cleaner was glued around the bottom of the hat and the ribbon with the pearls were glued around his neck. This piece turned out so awesome! And it was a lot of fun. I now have another piece to decorate with for Valentine's Day. The picture really doesn't do the snowman justice when it comes to the glitter as it really really glitters! I hope you'll give Creative Paperclay a try or the Delight Clay cause I think you'll be so happy with how easy they are to work with and the amazing things that you can create with these awesome clays.


Friday, January 25, 2019

How to Mend a Broken Heart

Hello everyone! My name is Cinnamon Willis and I am going to walk you through the steps on how I created this mended broken heart sculpture. With 
Valentine's Day quickly approaching, I decided to create a broken heart for those who may be in need of some healing at this time. The gold split in the heart was inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi where broken pottery is repaired with lacquer that is dusted with powdered gold to join the pieces back together. These repair lines become a beautiful reminder of the item's resilience, the same can be said about the heart and the scars that are left on it by others. The scars will only add to your brilliance, learn from them, and wear them with pride.

  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Wooden skewer
  • Masking Tape
  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pencil
  • Sanding paper
  • Exacto Knife
  • Aleene's Original Tacky Glue

I began this piece by balling up newspaper and taping it around my skewer. I start on one side of the heart and then get to work on the other side. I tape them together and wrap them until they begin to resemble the rough shape of a heart.

Once the shape of the newspaper is as close as I can get it to a heart, I began my first thin coat of paperclay around it. I allowed the clay to dry for about 24 hours and I begin to add more clay with a little dab of water until it gets to the shape that I would like it to be for the heart.

After allowing the second coat of clay to dry, I map out with a pencil where I would like for the split to be for my broken heart. I used a pencil because I always struggle with making zig zagged lines, it usually takes me a few tries.

I am just cutting out my lines with my excato knife here, a utility knife can work as well.

After the lines were cut out, I began to sculpt the front and back end of the arrow. I didn't do as much sanding down with this piece because I wanted the heart to be a little rough looking as if it had a rough journey. I also put a little bit of glue on both ends of the arrow where they join with the heart to keep it in place.

I painted the heart black so that I could blotch some red paint on it with a sponge as shown here. I didn't want the heart to have an even bright red coat of paint, I wanted it to look weathered.

I used gold paint here for the break in the heart to mimic that of the Kintsugi technique that I mentioned above.

I took a piece of nylon and tied it onto both ends of the arrow so that I could hang it on a nail. I sealed it with varnish so that the paint wouldn't chip off.

Here's the piece in it's new home on one of my walls with two of my favorite masks.

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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