Thursday, May 12, 2016

Treasure Hunt

 I have a lot of found vintage pieces in my studio that usually find their way into a painting but, often, they make great casts. When I buy them at flea markets, junk stores or garage sales I try and think of all the ways I can use them. Here are some examples I made from things I had lying around. I have not gotten around to cleaning up the edges yet.

Found metal objects
Delight or Creative Paperclay®

So easy. Delight was pressed into vintage religious metal ornamentation. Because the metal pieces may end of in a painting, I will often make a silicone cast of it for the future.

 I love this vintage pin. The wings are so beautiful and were easy to cast. If I had wanted to use the whole pin, I would have made a silicone cast of it.

 A metal charm also makes a great cast.
Anything with wings
Metal frame cast will definitely go into a painting today!

Open your eyes to the possibilities around you!

Dream in Color!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Recent Favorite

I paint a lot and periodically a piece becomes one of my favorites. Spring Awakening is one of these. I live for the end of winter and always celebrate the coming of spring. Always I have a little story or few words about each of my pieces.

Close your eyes and breathe in the perfume of the flowers in garden and feel soft butterfly wings against your skin. After a long winter, I am in heaven once again.

This has been posted before but I wanted to revisit it. It currently lives in Mexico.

My Gift to You

I am working on a series of ebooks with short comments about each piece of work, video links, step by step, etc. They should be out in a couple of weeks. I hope you will enjoy them.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Years ago I saw a wonderful show by glass artist, William Morris. He does monumental glass work but he also had a 30' x 8' wall of small glass pieces. I fell in love with them and they have remained with me. Last week while gallery hopping, I came across a wall of ceramic faces that struck me the same way. One is interesting, two hold our interest longer but a whole wall is incredible. You can be endlessly lost in all the unique shapes. Plus there is the organizational beauty of a grid with the variety of the shapes. The world is full of eye candy and inspiration.


Creative Paperclay®
Your imagination

Have fun with art and dream in color.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Layering. Painting & Playing

I had an old art panel with paint on it and wanted to try creating a raised fresco look on it. So out came the stencils, masking tape and Creative Paperclay® slurry. Slurry is a porridge like substance made from bits of Creative Paperclay® and water mixed together well.


Creative Paperclay®
Masking Tape
Sand paper
Acrylic Paints
Art panel

I layered the stenciled slurry. Letting each stencil dry to the touch before layering another one. When all had dried thoroughly, I sanded it back to smooth out the edges. Then started adding more stencils, paint and collage elements.

Have fun with art & dream in color,

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Thursday, March 24, 2016


I always work on 5-6 pieces at a time because of drying time, waiting for cast objects to cure and just to sit back and look at the pieces.
And then I just throw more paint, transfer or stencils on it. These are not done but you can see the progression.

Adding the Storytelling Elements

 As a narrative mixed media artist, I love the story telling elements that I can create with Creative Paperclay®. Most of my work starts out as abstract paintings until I start adding the narrative to it. This piece, Man on the Edge of a Big Decision, is one example. It takes so little to add a lot of impact.


Silicone mold
Creative Paperclay®
I made my little man using a push mold made from a figurine and Creative Paperclay®. I prefer to clean up my edges when dry by using a dremel. However, you can trim the edges before it dries with an exacto knife.

Have fun with art & dream in color.

Darlene Olivia McElroy