Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Blog Hop!!

Take a trip and visit all these ghoulish creative blogs, win prizes, see fun art and spark some ideas.
Must Comment to win - on each blog including the Creative Paperclay® blog.

An InLinkz Link-up

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Trying Out Techniques

I love to see how different surfaces take techniques and I hadn't played with Delight very much. So in the spirit of the season, I rolled out Delight and used my Halloween cookie cutters to make little skulls.


Skull cookie cutters
Micro Beads
Curry powder

Left to right: Skull coated with polymer medium followed by a wash of Quinacridone Nickol Azo Gold when dry. My favorite. Clear glitter with typewriter keys, black with a metallic pearl rub, and burnt umber with curry powdered applied while wet. Now, I have to run to the fabric store. I think collars out of netting would be cool.

Part of being an artist is being a mad scientist.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Altared Wine

This painting, Altared Wine, when through so many versions before I finally finished it. Hopefully a wine lover will fall madly in love with it.

Sometimes it is the piece that sets the pace of completion and not the artist.

With New Loves, Old Ones Are Forgotten

This piece, With New Loves, Old Ones Are Forgotten, used a different palette than I normally use. It currently resides in Mexico.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

My Step by Step Painting Process

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Halloween Blog Hop

This is my first blog hop and it is a great deal for anyone one who loves Creative Paperclay®, laser cut images by Gina Design and Sandits. They will be given away free. Plus one of you who come to my site and subscribe will get a free pdf tutorial! Yahoo.

New in the Studio

I always try and start work on several pieces because nothing in more boring than watching paint dry. So between preparing for classes/workshops and shows there are always multiple pieces to throw paint at and figure out the story that the painting is trying to reveal. This is my favorite time in the evolution of a painting.

Image Transfers on Creative Paperclay®

I love adding Creative Paperclay® and dimensional objects to my paintings to give them texture and depth. Creative Paperclay® was used three different ways. - stamped, embossed and image transfer applied circles.

Creative Paperclay®
Chartpak Admarker colorless blender
Toner images of roses
Bottle caps in different sizes

I used different size bottle caps to make the circle shapes on the Creative Paperclay® rolled onto my art panel. Once the shape was made, I trimmed off the excess Creative Paperclay®. I then let it dry before sanding.

Showing before and after the circles were made.

I taped an edge of the toner image of a rose and transfered it to the clay disk with the Chartpak Admarker colorless blender. I work in small areas with the blender, burnish it down and repeat until I have covered the complete disk. You can add color glazes and colored pencil after this is done.

Detail of finished roses. Of course, the art was sealed with an isolation coat of polymer medium before finishing it off with a MSA satin spray by Golden. Now it's off to my dealer in California.

Dream in Color and Take Time to Play

— Darlene Olivia McElroy

Troll Baby

Darlene Olivia McElroy, Creative Paperclay® project
Watching a 70's flashback TV show inspired me to make a Garden Troll Baby. Bernie, my newfie, gladly let me cut some of his hair off and away I went. I painted in soft colors as I wanted the viewer to have to look closely to see what it is.


Creative Papeclay®
fondant mold
baby face mold

Darlene Olivia McElroy, Creative Paperclay® project
I started by casting the baby face, getting my aluminum foil shaped for the body and cutting the hair from my dog. Don't worry, it didn't make a different. He still looks great.

Darlene Olivia McElroy, Creative Paperclay® project
Next, I covered the aluminum foil with clay, cast leaves and flowers in the fondant mold and put them all together.

Darlene Olivia McElroy, Creative Paperclay® project
When I was finished adding all the elements, I made a hole in the head and added the hair.

When it had dried, I sanded edges with Sandits and smooth over some cracks with a clay slurry.

Darlene Olivia McElroy, Creative Paperclay® project
Have fun with art & dream in color!

Darlene Olivia McElroy