Thursday, March 24, 2016


I always work on 5-6 pieces at a time because of drying time, waiting for cast objects to cure and just to sit back and look at the pieces.
And then I just throw more paint, transfer or stencils on it. These are not done but you can see the progression.

Adding the Storytelling Elements

 As a narrative mixed media artist, I love the story telling elements that I can create with Creative Paperclay®. Most of my work starts out as abstract paintings until I start adding the narrative to it. This piece, Man on the Edge of a Big Decision, is one example. It takes so little to add a lot of impact.


Silicone mold
Creative Paperclay®
I made my little man using a push mold made from a figurine and Creative Paperclay®. I prefer to clean up my edges when dry by using a dremel. However, you can trim the edges before it dries with an exacto knife.

Have fun with art & dream in color.

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Monday, March 14, 2016

Holy Mackerel

Being a figurative artist, it is rare that I paint anything else but this pelican really appealed to me. When I lived on the beach, they were part of daily life. Can you image what their breathe smells like? Eeek.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Los Colores

Los Colores was an experimental pieces layering a paper clay slurry. It can be done with soft molding paste or plaster. I learned a lot and will be using it in future pieces.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring Awakening

I am a summer person and all winter long I wait for spring because I know I will be warm again, the flowers will be blooming and life will be colorful.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Playing House

Delight® is a great product to make doll house furniture with. If you have small children or grandchildren, this is a great way to spent a rainy or snowy day. All I used here was styrofoam for the bed structure and a spool for the table, some stamps for texture and Delight®. I like shabby chic white but you may prefer painting them to add color.

Have fun and dream in color.