Thursday, October 8, 2015

My Step by Step Painting Process

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Halloween Blog Hop

This is my first blog hop and it is a great deal for anyone one who loves Creative Paperclay®, laser cut images by Gina Design and Sandits. They will be given away free. Plus one of you who come to my site and subscribe will get a free pdf tutorial! Yahoo.

New in the Studio

I always try and start work on several pieces because nothing in more boring than watching paint dry. So between preparing for classes/workshops and shows there are always multiple pieces to throw paint at and figure out the story that the painting is trying to reveal. This is my favorite time in the evolution of a painting.

Image Transfers on Creative Paperclay®

I love adding Creative Paperclay® and dimensional objects to my paintings to give them texture and depth. Creative Paperclay® was used three different ways. - stamped, embossed and image transfer applied circles.

Creative Paperclay®
Chartpak Admarker colorless blender
Toner images of roses
Bottle caps in different sizes

I used different size bottle caps to make the circle shapes on the Creative Paperclay® rolled onto my art panel. Once the shape was made, I trimmed off the excess Creative Paperclay®. I then let it dry before sanding.

Showing before and after the circles were made.

I taped an edge of the toner image of a rose and transfered it to the clay disk with the Chartpak Admarker colorless blender. I work in small areas with the blender, burnish it down and repeat until I have covered the complete disk. You can add color glazes and colored pencil after this is done.

Detail of finished roses. Of course, the art was sealed with an isolation coat of polymer medium before finishing it off with a MSA satin spray by Golden. Now it's off to my dealer in California.

Dream in Color and Take Time to Play

— Darlene Olivia McElroy

Troll Baby

Darlene Olivia McElroy, Creative Paperclay® project
Watching a 70's flashback TV show inspired me to make a Garden Troll Baby. Bernie, my newfie, gladly let me cut some of his hair off and away I went. I painted in soft colors as I wanted the viewer to have to look closely to see what it is.


Creative Papeclay®
fondant mold
baby face mold

Darlene Olivia McElroy, Creative Paperclay® project
I started by casting the baby face, getting my aluminum foil shaped for the body and cutting the hair from my dog. Don't worry, it didn't make a different. He still looks great.

Darlene Olivia McElroy, Creative Paperclay® project
Next, I covered the aluminum foil with clay, cast leaves and flowers in the fondant mold and put them all together.

Darlene Olivia McElroy, Creative Paperclay® project
When I was finished adding all the elements, I made a hole in the head and added the hair.

When it had dried, I sanded edges with Sandits and smooth over some cracks with a clay slurry.

Darlene Olivia McElroy, Creative Paperclay® project
Have fun with art & dream in color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dressing Up an Assemblage Piece

I was working on this assemblage for a show and I was stuck until I started using Creative Paperclay® on another project and I realized it was just what I needed for this piece.

Creative Paperclay®
Acrylic Paint
Embossed paper

I started with balls of clay, making them all about the same size.

I laid embossed paper over the clay balls and brayered them flat. The pattern looked great on them. These became the pedals of the skirt.

I applied the embossed disks to the assemblage to make a skirt and shaped some clay to look like flames. I let the clay dry thoroughly. The skirt was painted with a burnt umber paint and cinnamon was sprinkled on the paint while it was still wet. It gave it a faux rust look. I then painted the little flames with orange and yellow paint.

Play, Experiment and Dream in Color.

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Tips for Raised Grunge Letters

I love grunge surfaces and wanted some less than perfect text for my painting. This was sanded but it could have also been scratched into or carved into. This is just a starting point for me on my painting.
Creative Paperclay®
I started by taping off an edge on my painting, laying down the clay then covering it with wax paper. The wax paper keeps the clay from coming off on my brayer. I then brayer the clay flat.
The next step is to remove the wax paper and lay a stencil down in its place. Brayer again then remove the stencil. I could have achieve a similar look by applying a thick clay slurry to the stencil but this is faster and cleaner.
Now we have raised letters. We have a lot of options when the clay is dry thoroughly. We can paint the clay and dry brush paint over it to highlight the letters, gold leaf the clay or?
I have painted it with a burnt umber paint then let it dry.

Sanding it takes the raised letters back to it's base color. This is because the clay was not sealed with polymer medium and was just paint on the clay.

It was finished off with a glaze of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and glazing medium plus a little salt sprinkled on salt. When the glaze dries the gritty surface is permanent.

Play, Experiment and Dream in Color.

Darlene Olivia McElroy