Thursday, April 23, 2015


Take an old book from a thrift store and turn it into a journal for yourself or for a gift. Simple and easy.

Old book
Creative Paperclay®
Collage elements

I started by painting gesso on the interior pages. This adds a little weight to the pages as well as give you a great surface for journaling on. I let some of the text show through for interest.

Next, I added Creative Paperclay® on the cover of the old book and added texture and pattern by brayering stamping and stencils on the clay.

I added paint, metallic rubs and then glued on collage elements.

This is a great gift for all ages.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Reclaim Your Art

Sometimes you have unfinished paintings or you have grown as an artist since you did the piece or there may be a million other reasons you don't like a piece. Or perhaps trade with a friend. So let's add paper clay. It may turn out great and/or be a wonderful learning experience.
Creative Paperclay®
Acrylic paints
Gold rub
Old painting or background

Find an old painting finished or not that you have hidden in your studio. Look at it and think about how you can improve upon it with Creative Paperclay®.
Roll out the paper clay onto your art. I like to dampen the surface slightly. I loved the fact that the piece has curved edges so it was easy to wrap the paper clay around the edge.
Stamp or brayer a texture plate onto the paper clay.
Add other embellishments made from the paper clay. Let dry. When dry, paint and add gold rub.

It will feel great to add life to an old painting. Have fun.

Darlene Olivia McElroy