Monday, May 28, 2018

A Creative Paperclay Frida Kahlo type brooch

Hi everyone! It's Barbara here and I want to show you what I've created with Creative Paperclay!
I don't know what inspired me other than I think Frida Kahlo was an awesome artist and a courageous woman.

Here are the supplies needed for this project:

Creative Paperclay
Powder (either baby powder which I used or cornstarch)
Face mold
Clay tools (for making marks)
Acrylic Paints
Pin back
Spray sealer

This whole project was rather simple to make.

I started out with my molds and my Creative Paperclay I ended up choosing the face mold that is just peeking out from under the Creative Paperclay package.I filled the mold with Creative Paperclay and popped it out of the mold right away. I let it set all night to dry. The next day I fashioned flowers and leaves out of the clay and attached them to the face with super glue. I used different tools to make creases and dots on the flowers and leaves. I did not use any molds for this part of the project. 

I liked the way that the flowers and leaves turned out and how cute they looked framing her face.

I used a package of clay that I already had open and this is a different look with flowers and leaves that I created and some extra faces that I didn't use for this project. You can do so much and have so much fun with Creative Paperclay !

Here we are with the flowers and leaves painted. Because this piece became a brooch, it was rather small and difficult to paint. 

Here we are with my Frida all painted up! I'm in love with the way this project turned out. After the painting was complete I spray sealed the brooch and glued a pin back on it. I would definitely wear this myself, would you?

You really need to purchase some Creative Paperclay for yourself and try some of your own projects or maybe try this one! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think of this project. I read everyone of them.


Friday, May 25, 2018

How to Create an Art Doll in a Frame

Hello everyone! My name is Cinnamon Willis and I am going to show you all how to create an art doll in a frame using Creative Paperclay®.

  • Wooden Skewer
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Thin wire
  • Frame
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Sand paper
  • Wool
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sealer, Varnish
  • Fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • E600 Craft Glue

Cut your skewer down to the size that you would like for the doll to be for it to fit nicely in the frame. Keep in mind that once you add the head onto it, the doll may end up being about a half inch taller.

How to Create an Art Doll in a Frame

Create the head by rolling a ball of paper and securing it to the top of skewer with masking tape. Wrap wire around the skewer and leave it sticking out on both sides, these will be the arms.

How to Create an Art Doll in a Frame

Bulk up the arms and torso with the paper and masking tape, leave the elbows and the edge of the shoulders free so that the arms can be repositioned later after the piece is done.

How to Create an Art Doll in a Frame

Cover the paper and taped areas with clay, and allow it to dry. Steer clear of covering the elbows and shoulders with clay at this stage as well.

How to Create an Art Doll in a Frame

Once the piece is dry, you could begin working on the details such as the face shape and features. This can be done by adding a drop of water onto the places that you would like to add clay to and blending the new clay into it. Don’t worry about getting things perfect when working with moist paper clay, most of the sculpting is done when it is dry.

I use an exacto knife to carve out features and I sand my details until I become satisfied with them. This takes a few attempts of building up with the clay and taking it away.

The drying process could be sped up with a toaster oven if you are in a rush. I usually put a piece in at 200-220 degrees and check on it every 20 minutes to make sure it doesn't burn.

When the piece is sanded and smoothed out to where you want it to be, it can be painted. I use acrylic paint, soft pastels and sometimes colored pencils for the details.

When I am done with this process I use a sealant to protect the paint job. I prefer to use the Winsor and Newton Matt varnish, it gives the doll a nice satiny looking finish.

At this stage I add the hair. I like to use wool since the strands are thin and don't look like spaghetti in proportion to the size of my dolls. You can use hair from the hair shop as well, but keep the thickness of the strands in mind, and figure out what is right for you.

Make an outfit out of fabric, feel free to glue the clothes on the back of the piece if you need to since it will be hidden when its secured to the frame.

After you are done with the clothing and you are happy with the way the doll looks, use the E600 glue to attach the doll to the frame. I make sure to tuck the shirt into the bottom of the frame opening and glue the back of the doll's head to the top of the frame, or wherever the head meets the frame best.

Thank you for tuning in, and I hope that you enjoyed today's tutorial! You can find Creative Paperclay® at the below listed retailers.

Please stop by my Instagram account to see some of my other works, and feel free to stop by my site Melandolly!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Creative Paperclay® Sunflower Bobble Head

Hi everyone, my name is Kat Anderson and I’m so excited about my first tutorial for Creative Paperclay® 

I’ve been experimenting making bobble heads and wanted to make something that reminded me of summer and what better than a bouncing sunflower.

Creative Paperclay®
Delight™ air dry modeling compound
4 inch x 2 inch paper mache' cone (Amazon)
26 mm doll eye sizer or 1 ½ inch wood ball
1 ¼ x 3/8 coil spring from the hardware store
White Gesso (Liquitex brand)
Dust mask
Paint brushes
Clay rolling pin
Sculpting tool, knife to cut clay petals
Satin acrylic paints:
Light yellow, dark yellow, blue, green, red, black, light beige, brown, and white
Red chalk or powder blush for cheeks
Strong all purpose glue
Matt Sealer

Make a ball with Creative Paperclay® that is around 2 inches

Take the eye sizer or the wood ball and push it into the clay to make an opening. Take the spring and push it into the center of the clay about ¼ inch deep to make an indentation for the head to sit on when it’s dry. Remove the spring and let the clay ball dry for a day or put it in an oven on low temp. I usually set the oven around 200 degrees. 


Roll out a piece of Delight™ that is about ¼ inch thick to make a piece that looks like a bonnet to go over the ball for the sunflower petals to sit on. Find the center of the ball and attach the clay bonnet to the ball with a sculpting tool. I used water as the glue. Let dry.


While the head is drying let’s start on the body. Cover the cone with glue and roll out some Creative Paperclay® to cover it. Smooth the clay on the cone by rolling it on a flat surface. 

Add the spring to the top of the cone and put a little clay around the bottom of the spring to make sure it’s attached to the cone. You can let it dry a little to make it easier to work with.

Take a couple of pieces of clay and roll them out to look like snakes.
 Attach them to the body where the shoulders would be, about 1 inch down from the bottom of the spring. Use water as glue and blend the edges into the body for the arms. 

 Draw lines to look like the veins of a

Add a couple of sleeves at the shoulders and a little bit of clay for the neckline of the dress. Add strip of clay around the bottom of the skirt. Smooth with water. Let it dry for a little while to make it easier to work with.

This part is optional.

You can cut a circle of clay and add it to the bottom of the cone or just smooth the bottom edge with a paintbrush and water so it sits flat on a table.

Let the body completely dry. 

You can test if it's dry by tapping on it with the handle of a brush. If it sounds hollow it’s dry.
Then sand it smooth. Wear a dust mask when you're sanding.

  Back to the head.

Cut out little petals with the Delight™ to make 2 layers of petals on the front and the back of the bonnet. Attach them and blend in the bottom edges of the petals with a sculpting tool.  Let completely dry then sand the part that is the face and the back of the head. You don't need to sand the petals.



After everything is dry and sanded paint the body and head with Gesso and let dry.
Then the fun begins PAINTING!!

Paint the petals of the sunflower with light yellow acrylic paint and highlight the bottom of the petals with the darker yellow. Paint the face and the back of the head with light beige paint.
Let dry.


Mark the center of the face lightly with a pencil so you know where to position the eyes and nose. Take the end of your paintbrush dip it in the blue paint and make dots on the face for eyes. Make a heart shape for the mouth.

Make little check marks with brown paint for the nose and draw a little line through the center of the heart to put a smile on her face. Put a couple of tiny white dots in her eyes for the highlights. Add her eyebrows with the brown paint. Take a soft dry paintbrush and add cheeks with the chalk or powder blush.

Paint the neck with the light beige then paint the body with the blue. Paint the arms with green and the trim and sleeves with the light yellow. 
Let dry.

After the body is dry make little flowers for her to hold. Take 3 little balls of the Delight™. Press in each ball with the end of a small paintbrush handle to make petals. Attache the 3 petals in the center with a sculpting tool. After they dry put a dot of red paint in the center.  Attach them to the body with glue. 

Put the head on the body. If the spring doesn’t fit in the indentation on the inside, take a knife and carefully cut out a little of the clay around the groove till the spring fits snugly into it.

Put a little glue on the inside of the groove inside the head and attach the head to the spring. Let Dry. 
Spray with a Matt Sealer and you’ve got yourself a sunny bobble head. 


Thank you for checking out this tutorial.
I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll see you next time.
Creative Paperclay® and Delight™ are available online and at retailers listed below.