Saturday, February 23, 2019

Creative Paperclay® Tea Party

I like to push my art skills and what I can do with different techniques. And, of course, as a mixed media artist I have to glue something dimensional onto my pieces.

In this lesson I am going to create an abstracted still life with Creative Paperclay® and image transfers.


Creative Paperclay®
Toner image (lase/xerox) (reverse image)
Chartpak Admarker colorless blender
Acrylic paint
Button & rhinestones
Wood panel or canvas

I started with a light tan wash on my surface then added the Creative Paperclay® that I had cut into shapes and embedded a lace design into the tea pot and cups. I let the clay dry overnight.

Make sure your toner image is reversed because you will be flipping face down on your surface. Then rub the Chartpak colorless blender over it and burnish it immediately. Repeat. You will want to do small areas at a time and repeat the process several time until you get a good transfer.

Note: The transfer was done on unsealed clay.

Depending on the look you are going for, you can either leave the soft transfer look or paint on top of the transfer for a more finished look.

Using a Molotov pain pen, I added the white marks then collaged painted paper, rhinestones and an old civil war button to the piece.

Dream in Color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Create a Faux Bronze Bust with Creative Paperclay ®

Hello everyone! My name is Cinnamon Willis and today's tutorial is going to show you all how to create a faux bronze bust using Creative Paperclay®. In honor of Black history month, I am going to introduce you to an African American sculptor who was part of the Harlem Renaissance named Augusta Savage. She was a notable sculptor, teacher and an activist that fought for equal rights in the arts for African Americans. Most of her work was done in clay or plaster and painted to look like it was a bronze sculpture since she couldn't actually afford to work in bronze. Her art was heavily documented, but the location of most of the pieces are unknown. Her most notable work is the bust above called Gamin which is also made of plaster and painted to look like bronze. In today's tutorial, I'll be working in a style that resembles Mrs. Savage's style more so then my own. I hope you enjoy and take time to look at some of Mrs. Savage's other incredible works.

Courtesy Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, 1935-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

  • Chicken/poultry Wire
  • Thin wire
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Sand paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sealer, Varnish

Start with a sheet of chicken wire, cut it down to the size you would need it to be for the head, neck and shoulders for your piece. Start shaping it with your hands and pliers, be careful not to poke yourself. I usually take the ragged ends of the chicken wire and fold them into each other. Take the lose wire and weave it if needed to fasten the ends of the chicken wire together.

Take your masking tape and wrap it around the chicken wire completely. You could paint a layer of gesso on top of the tape so that the clay could adhere better to it or just stick it on as I sometimes do. You may need to add a drop of water to the surface for the clay to grab hold to better.

Start adding your first layer of clay to the base. Once the piece is dry, which roughly takes 24 hours depending on the thickness of the clay, 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.

When working on a piece like this, I find it easier to build up the face in different intervals and allow each stage to dry before I continue. This allows me to work without worrying about me ruining a part of the doll or bust that isn't dry yet. As I always state in my tutorials, the drying process can be sped up with a toaster oven set to approximately 200- 220 degrees. Make sure to check on it every twenty minutes to ensure it doesn’t get burned! It's great for those who are impatient like me!

While sculpting this bust I began to realize that it more closely resembled a man's face than a boy's. Instead of the painter's cap that was on the original sculpture, I decided to go with the classic Kangol cap.

After building up this piece quite a bit with the clay, I sanded down the parts that I wanted to be smooth such as the face. I use different grits of regular sand paper that you can find in the hardware store to get the results shown above.

I used Craft Smart's metallic brown to get the bust to look bronze. There are many other metallic brands that would give you the same results, this is just the brand that I had on hand. It took about 5 coats of paint to get the color to be even. If you want to take it a step further, you can do a wash with black paint over the piece to give it a worn look instead of this finish that I have.

Seal with varnish and you are done!

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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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