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