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.