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.