Friday, July 25, 2014

Kid's Project: Clay Puppets

Hi!! Chloe and Carole here with a fun Creative Paperclay® project for you.

Chloe loves imaginary play, and often sets up whole scenarios with dolls and toys. So, we decided to make clay people for her to use.

We started by forming a 1" ball of Creative Paperclay®.

Next, Chloe flattened the ball until it was about 1/4" thick. I inserted a plastic coffee stir. I found that this is easier to do if you leave the flattened ball on the work surface, and gently guide the stir into the clay.

We set these aside to dry, and made facial features for our little clay people. One nose is a tiny ball, the other a tiny flattened ball. The tongue was part of a popsicle made using a canape cutter. (I added the crease with my fingernail.) The mouth on the yellow doll was made by gently pushing the handle of a small paint brush into the clay at a slight angle. The hair was made using a clay extruder. 

As the clay faces were drying, I turned them over every few hours so they could dry evenly on both sides. When all the parts were dry, Chloe painted each of the parts. Then, we glued everything together and added googly eyes. 

Here are our finished clay puppets.



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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rubber Stamping Fun with Creative Paperclay and Gloriann Irizarry

Wow I can not believe July its almost over my dear friends and summer is at its peak.
My favorite think to do during the summer is going to the beach . I got inspired by a nice Stamp set I got from US Art Quest Inc.

Now my tip will be how to stamp a straight sheet of Creative Paperclay for you to glue on mix media projects.

Make sure when you roll the clay is not too wet.
If too wet the clay will stick to the stamp.

Place the your favorite stamp pattern on top of the soft semi dry clay and use your roller to stamp the details in the clay.

Carefully remove the stamp off. If you notice the clay sticking to the stamp it means it is too wet let it air dry a little and try again.

Once you achieve the desired shape and details let it completely dry .
Do not worry if it misshaped when it dry. 
The clay sheet will curve a little when it dry, but here is my tip to make if totally flat once more.

Find the biggest and fastest book. Yeap mine was a photoshop 6 book I haven't being able to read. 
Grab your already dry probably curved or miss shaped dry clay sheet and using a bottle mist spray lightly with water on the none stamped side of the clay and placed the FAT very fat book on top.
My book has a nice non stick cover and it helped to let the piece dry in the flat surface.

see now your clay sheet is totally flat and ready to be used on any mix media, card-making or scrap booking projects. All your need is a little glue and let your imagination fly. 

I hope you had a wonderful time and feel free to ask any question or comments bellow or email me at @bygloricom

Have a bless day and remember to always have fun while crafting!
Sincerely ,

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Creative Paperclay® Koala Bear Pencil Decoration

 Welcome, I am glad you have come to join me!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
It's Donna from Memes Art Place and this week I decided to make something that the kids would have fun with. The kiddos will be headed to school soon. (they start in August in Colorado)
So why not let the customize some of their pencils. I see snakes, monsters, and maybe aliens! I did a koala bear.

Lets get started!

  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Pencils
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paintbrushes

Get out your Creative Paperclay® and your pencils
 Start making your shapes of what you have decided to make

 I then placed my bear onto the pencil (my idea of the bear)
I continued to work with my bear and wrapped his legs around the pencil
Here is a closer look (not the best picture) This is my bear after it has dried overnight
 The bear can be taken off the pencil to be sanded and painted. It slides off and back on again.
 Here is my palette of paint and that black thing in the middle is the first coat of paint on my little Koala bear

I just layered paint to where I thought he was done.
He turned out so cute!

I can't wait to do this with the G-kids!


Thank you for stopping by and spending a few minutes with us here at Creative Paperclay®!

Remember to play with your Creative Paperclay® and have FUN!

Want to see what I am up to visit me at Memes Art Place

Friday, July 18, 2014

Simply Perfect Creative Canvas Layers with Rachel Whetzel

Hello, out there in Creativeland!! It's Rachel Whetzel, here. Once in a while, I feel like a project is so simple, it's probably TOO simple. Then I remember that simple can sometimes be totally AWESOME, and this is that kind of simple. My project today is part of a project I'm working for Gauche Alchemy, and it is the background canvas for a different piece of artwork. Today, I'll show you just how simple it is to use Creative Paperclay® as part of a mixed media canvas. This is the kind of project you can have your kids do. It's also great for beginners who want to amp up their art work, and make something they are pleased with. It's also perfect for projects with limited time. It's Simply Perfect. (see what I did there...?)

WHAT YOU'LL NEED to make your own canvas:

  • A sturdy canvas. I have plywood cut at my local hardware store, then I cover it with dictionary paper
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Paints. I use Folk Art acrylic craft paints.
  • Stain. I used Valspar antiquing stain
  • Paint brushes
  • Embellishments. I used a butterfly wall cling I bought from the Dollar Tree years ago.
  • Texture. For this piece, I used a doily I bought at a yard sale.
Get your canvas surface wet, and layer your clay onto it. In order to get the right shape for my doily, I traced it onto the canvas before I started putting on clay. 
 Next, I pressed my doily into my still moist clay.
 Then I carefully lifted it out of the clay. If you find that clay has stuck to your cloth, rinse well with water while the clay is still wet, and it will come out easily. Allow your clay to dry, and then get to work painting on some layers!
I painted my colors on, and then used stain to add dimension to the doily. Topped off with a butterfly and some dotted swirls, and my canvas is ready to go!! Be sure to check in at  Gauche Alchemy in August, to see the completed piece I am creating using this background! 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Creative PaperClay ® Tip for July with LuLu Lancaster

Hello :) This is LuLu Lancaster and today I have my monthly Tip.
 I thought about this months blog post while I was sculpting, and was pondering what could I tell you that would be of use. I think I have covered painting and sanding and just plain sculpting for the fun of it...but I had not shared the tools I use.

While there are a multitude of tools out there, I find that while using Creative PaperClay® I use some that are sort of non conventional,
and the one I use the most is attached, my hand!
My scarred up, dry skin, non manicured hands!

My fingers fit the eye sockets of my art dolls in just the perfect way. My thumb is the right size for smoothing the jawline. My middle finger can work wonders on the brow. Nothing can squish the clay or add water to it quite like my hands either. 

While my hands are my most used tool. I do have some odd tools as well, that nothing else seems to do the trick like.

I have an xacto knife for cutting clay
aluminum foil for adding crinkle texture or just armature
crochet hooks for effects and getting into crevices
dental tools for tiny details
wire ear and nose detail sculpting
brass tubing under lip detail
and many others!
actual clay tools too! 

But my hands are by far my most used tool

Basically you do not have to go out and buy up all the fancy clay tools out there.
 You have one of the most versatile already with you (your hands) 
and then I am sure you have many more odd useful tools laying about the house <3

Thank you for reading along and Have a great day sculpting :D

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Using Creative Paperclay With Your Scrapbook Projects -

I am a card maker first...a scrapbook'er second...and a "crafter" third!!!  What has been more fun for me - is learning different tips for using the Creative Paperclay product - and then altering it for what I do best, or being able to get out of my comfort zone and do bigger projects!!!  I am working on a family album - pictures of my husband and I, 2 of our kids...and some of our extended family on both sides - from a visit to our home state in 2012!  The album will be a vertical paper bag album...the pages are not quite finished... and will be shared on my blog directly when I do have them done.  I love using Creative Paperclay with/as embellishments, making them a one of a kind - and specific to the project at hand!  This project is no different!  

Supply list:
1 package Creative Paperclay (small portion)
Flower & leaf mold
Alphabet template 
Xacto knife
Die cuts - leaf stem, flowers
Punch - small flower
Hot glue gun
Roller of some sort

                                                               **I am not giving directions on how to cover the album itself, only in molding the flowers and leaf, and making the letters for the title of the album.  If you need directions for the album cover itself, go to my blog (link below), and you will find it listed on the right hand side saying Vertical Paper Bag Albums!  Should you need any other information, or you just can't find it, please send me a message at!**

Step one:  Start to roll out 1/3 of the Creative Paperclay (less/more if you need to).  When I do mine, I use a rolling pin - you don't need to have the clay really thick, see picture to the right for how thin I roll mine out to.  

 Step two:  After you have rolled out the clay, mold some of your favorite shapes.  I used flowers and a leaf - using the Creative Paperclay that is rolled out.  Let dry thoroughly, paint to match your project.  

Step three:  Using an alphabet template and Xacto knife, cut out the letters for the title you are doing, using the Creative Paperclay you rolled out.  Allow to dry thoroughly, paint to match your project. 

**TIP - As you are working with the clay - make sure you have a bit of water and paper towels with you.  After you cut your letters out, you can get the excess taken care of by a bit of water on your fingers to soften up the edges of the cuts before it dries.  Do the same with the flowers and leaves as you take them out of the molds!

Step four:  Looking at the project you are doing - create your background...   Since I am making a Vertical Paper Bag album - this project is for the title - of the album that goes on the front cover of the album, with the flower embellishments.   

Step five:  Start to put your project together...  Starting with the letters spelling out the title of the album, add the first word to your project.  Repeat for any additional words you have.  

Step six:  Add any die cut shapes - such as the leaf vine and flowers to the bottom, overlapping with the top color. When that is done, add the Creative Paperclay flowers and leaf to the die cuts using a hot glue gun.    

Step seven:  Using a small flower punch, punch out different colors of paper - add them sporadically on the bottom of the project and on the letters as well, again by using a hot glue gun.

This has been a really fun project for me to do, for many reasons!  As you can see in the photo to the left, there are hidden photos underneath the paper where the title itself is, where the flowers and stems meet at the bottom!  
I especially have liked reminiscing about being able to spend a short time with family members - on our way to my husband and son going to school!  And, as we spend more time with family, they can be added to the album in the various pockets included in the album!  
If you don't scrapbook - picture a fun wall art piece, with or without photos...  Simply use what you have available to you - along with basic art supplies, and you are sure to make a one of a kind masterpiece!  The best part about this Creative Paperclay stuff - the different things you can do with it!!!  I hope you have as much fun in your creations, as I have this one!  
Lynda Jeffs
Creative Paperclay Design Team
and Memories in Tyme   

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tips By Memes Art Place

Hi! It's me, Donna from Memes Art Place.

How is your SUMMER going? 
Mine is busy and it seems like it is going fast! Where did June go? 4th of July is gone......!

Hope you are enjoying yours!

Today I have a few tips you may or may not know. I hope you find them helpful.

  1. Creative Paperclay can be colored by adding ink or paint right into the Creative Paperclay
  2. Did you know that Creative Paperclay can adhere to most surfaces with just a drop or two of glue, even glass!
  3. Did you know if you use a open circle, you can cut out your own custom buttons. Just add holes to them so that you can sew them on to something. 
  4. Make sure while using Creative Paperclay you always have plenty of water to use and smooth out areas that are rough or cracked. Using water helps prevent the Creative Paperclay from drying out while working with it. (This is one I did not know when first working with Creative Paperclay.)
  5. Fingernail files are not just for fingernails! Nope you can use your emery board files for sanding some of those hard to reach areas.
  6. See that bunny up there? He needs some work. When I go to add Creative Paperclay to him I will make sure that I wet the area very well, then start to adhere the soft Creative Paperclay to the dry Creative Paperclay. He needs more cheeks and his tail is squished.
I hope some of these tips help you. If you have any you would like to share, I would love to hear them!

Thank you for stopping by the Creative Paperclay blog, we love when you visit!

If you are wondering what I have been up to...You can find me at Meme.s Art Place

Creative Paperclay® Cheese Markers

I'm a cheese lover!! We always have an assortment of cheeses in our frig, and when they are served I like to have them labeled so folks know the names of the individual cheeses. So, I decided to make my own cheese markers using Creative Paperclay®.

To begin, I drew several different shapes that I liked as patterns. I've included a PDF file of my favorite cheese marker shapes. I cut the patterns out of cardstock.

I rolled out a slab of clay to a thickness of about 1/8", and traced around the patterns. While the clay was drying, I turned the markers over every few hours so they would dry as evenly as possible.

Next, a bit of sanding and they were ready for a sealer. I used two coats of PPA from USArtQuest, letting each coat dry thoroughly before added the next. I made my own chalk paint by mixing baking soda into acrylic paint. The proportions depend on how "chalky" you want the paint. I added enough baking soda to make a fairly thick substance. I started added a small amount of baking soda, and added more small amounts until I was satisfied with the consistency.

You could use any color paint, but I chose black. Here's the sanded, sealed, chalk-painted marker before I conditioned it.

To condition the marker, rub the entire surface with a piece of chalk. Then, dust off the excess. Now you're ready for your next wine and cheese party!! Here's one of my finished markers.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Adding Rope Letters to Your Art

This quick and easy trick allows you to create letters of any size or numbers in your art with Creative Paperclay®. It adds dimension plus adds to your visual story.

Creative Paperclay®
Alphabet stamps, texture plates
Paint or gold rub

Roll the clay into ropes and make them into letters directly on your art. Sometimes I dampen my surface slightly for better adhesion. If you want to keep the rope look I would let them dry then glue onto your surface.
Press a texture plate into the clay. I used a texture plate with handwriting on it.
Now I let the clay dry before adding color.
I finished it off with a gold rub and embellishments.

Hope you enjoyed learning rope letters. You can't add enough ticks to your art arsenal.
— Darlene Olivia McElroy

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Once Upon A Time Paper Mache Book by Gloriann Irizarry

Once upon a time a beautiful story was written and a legend was born. 
A enchanted book capable of making all your wishes come true was discover and I will be here to guide your creative quest to conquer this project.

Hi my dear followers and friends it is Gloriann Irizarry here to help your imagination and open a book of enchantment . I will show you how to turn a simple paper mache book and transform it to a magic Home decor piece to delight everyone. Who know maybe you want to hide a special trinket or just make a one of a kind box to give to a special friend. It don't matter I will show you here step by step how to complete this OOAK Enchanted Book.

Brought to you by Creative Paperclay

1 package of Creative Paperclay Material
1 Paper Mache book
Xacto or hobby knife
White Acrylic Gesso
Paint brushes
Acrylic paints ( Martha Stewart Glitter paint, renaissance brown, metallic black, purple and pink)
Elmers school glue 
Butterfly cookie cutter
Flower cookie cutter
Jewelry Key charms
 Old hair brush
Light purple ribbon.
Scrapbook Paper Pack The Once Upon A Stack DCWV 

Once Upon A Time Book By Gloriann Irizarry 

I start by preparing the paper mache book prime completely with the Gesso medium to reinforce the surface and to achieve a clean final look.

I use a big brush and apply the first layer of gesso and waited to be completely dry before I apply the second and final coat of the white acrylic gesso to the entire paper mache book blank.

After the second coat of white gesso dry I use one of my favorite acrylic color Metallics Renascence Brown. I use the X or crisscross painting technique. This will give some nice background feel to the book cover.

Make sure you use the Crisscross technique only on the cover and wait for the paint to be completely dry before the next step. You don't want to ruin the wet paint on our next step.

I place it like this to dry so it will not be marked or damage.

Now the to create the many pages of stories and spells. You might think Oh this is going to be hard. Im not an experience painter. Well don't let the fear take the best out of you. Look all you will need is and old brush and a nice wet coat of the Metallic Black on the page section of the paper mache book and with one even stroke use the brush and brush the paint away. 
The bristle of the brush will remove some of the heavy paint off and reveal amazing looking pages. Do this all around the book to give the box the sensation of a close book.

I had so much fun choosing the images I wanted to display in my book cover right from my Scrapbook Supply box. I choose The Once upon a time Stack by DCWV . The quality of the paper stock is amazing and the styles are super adorable. I love the many designs, embossings and my favorite all the GLITTER. Yes tons of glitter . The beauty is the glitter is not going to be spreading all over and the styles are so tasteful.

I decided to cover all the inside of the book in paper so it look very nice.
I choose Rapunzel golden glitter embossed locks for the left panel of my book.

I wanted to keep the book effect so I chose a letter printed story to cover the right panel of the book.
carefully measure twice and cut once the panel. I use my Elmers school glue and carefully attach each cut panel inside the book . Cut any excess paper .

I cut side panel of a similar style paper and use the Elmers glue to attach the side panel. Make sure you cut any excess paper off so you can close the book completely.

I look at the book and notice something was missing. The spell wasn't written right. So I decided to add some well need 3D details. I added some of my favorite jewelry charms and could not say no to this gold key. I added a nice purple ribbon and glued it to the left page of the paper mache book box.

Ok the left page is all set now we need to match the right side. Uhm! let me think it is going to be a magic story. AHA! nothing better than a magic castle found right on the The Once Upon A Time Stack.
I cut around it and use the Elmers glued to secure it in place. Added 3 pretty flowers and the spell has been casted in this beautiful ooak book

I wanted to give the spine of the book a unique style to match the cover so I cut 2 pieces of the beautiful glitter embossed paper and glued it to the spine to create the old style bind effect.

Now I wanted the give the cover some nice 3D effect so I rolled a clay sheet in to a 1/4 thickness. 

Choose your favorite cookie cutters or clay stamps to create your center pieces. I used my favorite the butterfly and a sunflower using this technique.

Let it dry flat over night or longer depending on how humid is your room at the time of crafting.

I wanted to add more details to pop so I use a nice flower cutter I have to create mini flower to decorate.

I did not wanted the flowers to be flat so I grabbed the other end of a paint brush and give the flower a little pinch here and there to bring those to life.  Let them dry .

I added more details to the flowers by using water down acrylic pink paint the centers of the petals to give them a natural feeling to them. 

For the butterfly I stated with a base of pink acrylic and work my color layers one by one.

Added purple to the center of the wings. 
Use the dry brush method for the yellow acrylic on the edges and accents on metallic green. 

The final touch was sealed with the Martha Stewarts red glitter paint to the center and pink glitter paint to the rest of the piece ans let it dry. this will seal the butterfly and give it the magic touch look.
Use this technique on the Sunflower Creative Paperclay cutout. 

For the cover I use my favorite pattern paper I found on the Stack . I choose a scrap from my paper stack and create the back ground for me to place the nice glittery Creative Paperclay Butterfly and Sunflower i created for this project. I tear the edges out to give it an antique look and glued it to the bottom front cover.

Now that the butter fly and the sunflower are dry we are ready to attach them to the book cover.
Use plenty of glue and place it to your top right corner next to the tittle.

Place the beautiful Creative Paperclay sunflower to the bottom left corner ans let it dry.

I wanted more details to be magical so I glued plenty of Lilly flowers to all the cover.
There is never enough flowers on magic gardens. 

Now I have to say when you open this book I'm very happy the way it turn out and 
 I love how the inside look.

My favorite has to be the Glittery Creative Paperclay cut outs and the Keys.
The more glitter the better. Well that is my favorite magic look. Plenty of fairy dust.

No Magic book is ready with out some keys. I choose my favorites from my stash of jewelry findings and added to ribbon. I secure them to the book with more glue and let them dry.

Now you can hide your treasures in this book.

The Once Upon A Time Book is ready to cast his spell all over your kingdom. 

Now open it if you dare .

I hope you had a wonderful time and feel free to ask any question or comments bellow or email me at @bygloricom

Have a bless day and remember to always have fun while crafting!
Sincerely ,

Gloriann Irizarry