Thursday, October 23, 2014

ReUse, Multiple Use

I am trying to purge and get rid of needless things but keeping finding cool stuff to use in art so it is "crazy time". This week it was a Chinese tea block which I have had for years. I decided to use it as a mold then make a mold from it.

Supplies were:

Tea Block
Creative Paperclay®
Latex molding material
I just put a pancake of Creative Paperclay® directly on the tea block and brayered it down. I didn't care if tea particles stuck to it as I was going for texture and was just experimenting.

When the Creative Paperclay® had dried it looked like an old architectural shard. I did brush off excess particles with an old toothbrush.
I added a wash then went over it with some dry brushing in raw sienna and burnt umber. At this point I have no idea what I am going to do with this piece but since my work is like creating puzzles I am sure this is just the piece I will need some day for one of my paintings.
The other day I had picked up some liquid latex so decided to see if I could make a mold off the tea block. After applying it to the block I left it on overnight. In the morning it was cured and I could peel it off. The result was so wonderful that I am ready to make tons of molds this way.
Then I decided to see how well it would stamp into the Creative Paperclay®. The mold seemed very thin so I wasn't sure how well this would come out but it worked very well.

Needless to say, I had a great time just playing around.

Play, dream in color and get your hands dirty.

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Everyone Deserves a Crown

Making a crown seemed like a fun thing to do especially because everyone calls me the Queen (of Glue) and it was also a rainy day.

Supply List

Creative Paperclay®
Acrylic paint
Mark making tools

I started by rolling out my clay. I use playing cards to get an even height when rolling. I used a knife to cut out the crown's points then made my marks in the clay.
The next step was to shape it over a tapered glass covered in plastic wrap. As soon as it set up a little I bent the tips of the crown outward then I let it dry thoroughly. The plastic wrap made it super easy to slide off the glass.
Last was to paint it, add embellishments and a little glitter. As I am writing this I am thinking of all the alternatives I could do to the design plus all the things I could do with crowns.

Don't you just love where art and your imagination can take you?

Monday, October 6, 2014

All Souls Day vs Halloween

I tend to be a serious person with a humorous flip side. The story is what I am most interested in. Most of my work deals with the past and people. This year, to honor all the souls that I wished I had spent more time with,  I created a shrine in their honor. I had found this wood Mexican shrine at the local flea market. It was missing a door which had a "wing" feel to it. One wing means in search of completion so it seemed perfect for my project.

Supplies I used for the project were:
found objects
cast hand
pocket watch fob
alphabet stamps

I rolled out the paperclay in the recess of the frame. Stamped my words into it then added the objects to tell my story about time and letting go.

Then I painted the paperclay burnt umber and when it was dry I added gold rub. Scraps from an old wood rug were glued around the text and a crystal was hung from the bottom.

Finally resin was poured into the watch fob with the internal watch works scattered in the resin. When the resin had cured, it was sanded back for a matte finish.

On all souls day remember those you miss and spend time with your friends.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Faux Slab Ceramics

Here I was sitting around and I spied an old panel that I had planned to paint over and decided to cover it with Creative Paperclay®. I was very close to getting a degree in ceramics but hated the hurry up and wait aspect of it. With paperclay it is so much easier. I just laid the clay over the panel and started making marks on it. How easy is that?
Supplies List

Creative Paperclay®
Burnt Umber acrylic paint for stain

I slightly dampened the clay then added more clay and textures. I let all this dry then applied an overall coat of matte clear polymer medium so I would have more control over my stain later.

BTW - This piece is named Behind the Veil and is a 12" x 12" mixed media piece on panel.
This piece was finished with a burnt umber stain then the eyes were added in the two window like areas. An acrylic pour was added over the eyes. To me it looks like a clay slab piece I could do with traditional clay but so much easier and faster this way. I think this has the potential for a series.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Link Up Blog Hop with Creative Paperclay

This is my first blog hop. I am such a newbie. On Oct 7th stop by Creative Paperclay® blog and link your project up to our blog post and you will have the change to win a wonderful Creative Paperclay® Prize package

Friday, September 12, 2014

Second Time Around Art

This was a half finished piece that has been hanging around the studio for a couple years. My goal this year is to finish everything I have started so I have lots of work ahead of me plus it builds inventory for my galleries. This looks so much better than what was underneath. There is nothing so precious that it can't be painted over. Just take a photo if you have a need to remember what it looked life before.

The End, 12" x 12" mixed media on panel.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Creative Paperclay® Mask

I have been invited to show in a show, Masquerade, and decided to add a Creative Paperclay® mask and cast butterflies to my painting. I marked on my art where I wanted the mask to go with a water soluble crayon. See the light white line on the left. Then I started adding the clay.

Creative Paperclay®
Paint or metallic rub
Silicone Mold
Small Round Objects
Silver & Gold Rub

BTW - The name of the piece is Fly Bye and is a 12" x 36" mixed media on panel.
I completed my design and added small round objects. I thought they might pop off but they are well stuck into the clay. Then I let the clay dry.

As a painter I tend to work in very thin layers so this is a comfortable way for me to add texture and dimension to a piece. Plus it is always fun to mold something from scratch. There is something very freeing about clay in your hands.

Once it was dry, I painted the piece then added both gold and silver rub.

Hope this added more ideas to try on your art.