By Sandra Strait (aka molossus)
When I heard that the Creative Paperclay® design team would be working with art molds from Articus Studio, I was thrilled. I chose the Dollie Dangles Flexible Art Mold.
I had several ideas of what to do with my Dollie Dangles mold, but then I came across the International Mixed Media Postcard Swap. And the mold was cast, lol! The swap requires 10 Postcards, which seems a lot, but I knew I could do up all 10 quickly and easily using my Articus mold. The most time required would be the drying time for the Delight™, and in folding the Origami outfits I had in mind.
I decided to use Delight™, another Creative Paperclay® product, because it dries to an extremely light weight. I won’t be able to send these as postcards, because they’ll be too bulky and I wanted to keep postage costs down
1 oz. Delight™
10 Postcards (not shown)
10 Pompoms for Hair
20 sheets of Origami Paper for Outfits
Ceramcoat paints-Black, Antique White, Raspberry, and Bright Citrus
Byzantia Paints-Seraphym, Illuminata and Cardinale
Small paint brush
Even smaller brush tip for painting eyes
A toothpick or two
The Dolly Dangles mold comes with an instruction sheet that tells you the approximate amounts of clay product that you will need.
Molding the Pieces
Before pressing the Delight™ into the mold shapes, I rolled it into a smooth ball to avoid creases in the finished piece. To even the pieces, I rolled a toothpick across the top to flatten it out, then used the toothpick tip to cut away excess, and smooth the edges.
After the Delight™ dried, it was easy to flex the mold so each piece would pop loose, and I could just pick it out.
Painting The Dollies
To get flesh color paint, I mixed a little Antique White, Raspberry, and Bright Citrus paints, and painted the faces, hands, legs and feet.
The eyes were outlined in black, and a touch of raspberry added a blush for the lips and cheeks.
I used the jewel toned Byzantia paints on the eyes, boots, thongs, fingernails and toenails.
The next step was to pick which Origami outfits went best with the colors on each postcard. The postcards I picked up for this project had some awesome artwork, and I wanted to complement the colors as much as possible.
The last step before gluing everything together was to cut out bits of the pompoms so they would fit the heads. I had a little trouble trimming them flat enough because they wanted to fall apart if I cut very much. My faces were pushed out a bit, which made it difficult to photo the postcards.
I was able to whip all 10 post cards out in three days, with only a few hours work on my part.
Please visit Articus Studio for a full range of crafting supplies as well as the wonderful mold I used for this product. http://articusstudiodesign.com/
You can find Delight™ at the Creative Paperclay® website.