Thursday, March 26, 2015

Grunge Surface Tip with Creative Paperclay

 As a fine artist I am always trying to find ways to add texture to my art and usually practice on one of the many old pieces of art that are laying around the studio. I love the grunge line quality I got and the results even surprised me.

Creative Paperclay®
Acrylic paint
Wax paper
Painted Panel (old)
 Matte medium
I started by mixing a navy blue acrylic paint into a slurry of Creative Paperclay® with my palette knife until it was well mixed. Since my surface was mainly orange and brown I decided to make my slurry color a cool color.

I roughly spread the colored slurry onto an old painting (on a panel) then laid wax paper over it and brayered it flat. I left the wax paper on until the slurry was almost dry then I made lines by scraping with my finger nail (because I am lazy). Finished it with a coat of matte medium. I will definitely be using this technique in a painting soon.

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hands Up!

I wanted to make an organic looking hand. It is actually a little creepy but I was thinking of New Orleans and all the voodoo shops when I was creating it.


Creative Paperclay®
Aluminum foil
Wood skewers
Encaustic Was
Raw umber acrylic paint

The easy part was to gather all the pieces for my armature as they were all in my kitchen.  I started with making a wad of aluminum foil for the palm area of the hand.

Next I pushed the trimmed skewers into the foil. I found that I had to trim the skewers a little more than I had originally.

Paper clay was applied to my armature. I did this in several steps. I would do one side, let it dry and do the other side. It made it easier to control plus it worked great as the new clay adheres to the dry clay well.

Finally I added a wash of raw umber paint. When dry I coated it with encaustic was.

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Image Transfers on Creative Paperclay®

I love transfers, wrote a book on transfers (Image Transfer Workshop) and it is my favorite thing to do so I had to try it on Creative Paperclay®. It works great!!! The texture is porous enough to take the transfer well. Just make sure that the clay is thoroughly dry and fairly flat. The one I did here has rough edges which is my preference but you can spend more time and get a more perfect transfer. Great for shrines, mobiles or ???
You can draw or paint on top of the finished transfer or even sand it back in areas.


Black & white or color toner image
(must have good contrast-soft prints won't work well)
Chartpak colorless blender
Creative Paperclay®
Colored pencils (if desired)

 Step 1 - Lay your toner image face down on your flat disk of Creative Paperclay® and apply the Chartpak colorless blender to it liberally. Best to do this process in small areas at a time.
Step 2 - Burnish in all directions, apply the blender & burnish again. Continue steps 1 and 2 until you have done the whole area.

If you burnish only in one direction, the strokes will show. I use the end of my blender pen to burnish as it is already in my hand and ready to go.
Check periodically to see how it is transfering.

Try it and post your projects to the blog. We would love to see them.

Have fun!

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Past Thoughts

I am getting ready for two one woman shows next year. I only have 10 months to paint a lot of painting so I decided to visit my part art. Going through my archives I came across one of my favorites from the past, Juicy Too. Something about the ghost image of the girl in the background  and the perspective has always appealed to me. Is has been to visit the past but what will the future bring?

Sunday, February 22, 2015


This is my ode to classical art that I love so much. Here I am in my studio with dreams of gold leaf, Tuscany and spring.  Bellisima is 12" x 36" on cradled panel.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hugs & Kisses Under a Dark Moon

My abstract artist side came out in this one with all the patterns and textures. I even have some glitter but it is a very fine black glitter on a black background so it is about as subtle as glitter can get. There is also both stamped and cast paper clay, cut up gelli plate prints and a whole lot of fun.

Wax & Wane, 36" x 12" mixed media on panel.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Waiting for Renewal

I know spring's coming but not soon enough for me. I am like the bird in this assemblage, waiting for the first hints of the earth coming to life again. I like the idea of aging in a circle rather than on a continuous line. This piece was a case where so little was needed for the story to be complete.

Creative Paperclay®
Acrylic Paint
Assemblage base

This assemblage consists of a broken ceramic bird, hurricane lamp's wick cover, and a twig from my yard glued together with resin clay.

It needed Creative Paperclay® buds and leaves to tell the full story. Not much, just a little. When dry, it was painted with acrylics.

It now sits on my desk waiting for spring.

Darlene Olivia McElroy