Handmade Mother’s Day Rose

With Mother’s Day approaching my crafting bug is itching.  I teach art to students K-8th grade during the day and run a polymer clay after school program in the afternoon..  My clay kids have created hands holding flowers for their moms (turned into pins and magnets).  Some of my art classes have created cards and dimensional flowers.  So of course flowers are at the forefront of my mind.


Check out my first blog post at http://www.creativepaperclay.blogspot.com/2018/05/mothers-day-rose.html

I love working with this medium and look forward to future projects and sharing how easy it is to use.








Halloween Wall Hanger by Linda Hess


Creative PaperClay (www.creativepaperclay.com)
Gina’s Designs (http://www.ginasdesigns.net/Store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=18_23_25): Spiderweb Shape Set, Spooky Shape Set
Acrylic paints in colors of choice
Recollections Sparkling Embossing Powder (clear silver)
The Ultimate! glue (www.crafterspick.com)

knitting needle
scrapbook paper

1) Paint large “Spooky” with black and green metallic acrylic. Paint craft ring with Key Lime. Paint bats with metallic black.IMG_3782
2) Paint spiderwebs with silver or grey paint IMG_3779then sprinkle with embossing powder. Heat with heat gun until embossing powder is set.IMG_3781
3) Roll 2 large balls of Creative PaperClay. One at a time press them onto “OO” in “SPOOKY”. Use the tip of paintbrush to hollow out the inside of “Os”. IMG_3788

4) Glue bats, “Spooky” and spiderwebs into place.  Cut a circle out of scrapbbok paper a bit larger than the inside of craft ring.  Glue onto back of ring.IMG_3791

5) Roll a small ball of Creative PaperClay.  Hollow it out and place on knitting needle as shown to create spider head.IMG_3784

6) Roll 2 tiny balls for eyes.  To attach, dip finger in water and rub on top of spider head.  Place eyes in place.  Roll a teeny tiny ball for the nose and press into place.  Press the tip of a paintbrush into “head” for mouth as shown.  Let dry…or place into oven and bake at 275* to quick dry.   IMG_3785Once dry, paint as desired.

7) Cut 5 wires the same length.  Bundle 4 and twist together using the 5th wire as shown.IMG_3792String spider head onto twisted wire.  Flare out “legs”.  Curl top wires around knitting needle to create a loop.  IMG_3795

8) Cut 2 more wires.  Add 1 to the top to create a hanging loop.  Add the 2nd to the spider and hang from lowest spiderweb.  IMG_3796


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ColourArte Design Submission


In my artsy world there is no better thing than gorgeous colors and bling.  Imagine my delight when I began to work with a wonderful product called Twinkling H2Os from ColourArte (http://www.colourarte.com/).  These fabulous paints combine my 2 loves: color and bling!  The paints are simple to use…a little water and a surface to cover.  Yep, that’s it!

For this post I have decided to use bits and pieces from around my studio., a destash of sorts.  The first piece I pulled was an art doll blank created from Creative Paperclay® (http://paperclay.com/).  I layered on Spiced Pumpkin, Rose gold, Sunflower, and Sapphire on Ice and then sprayed with rubbing alcohol.  I was hoping for a tie dye effect, but instead I got a softened look to the blend of colors…not what I was expecting, but quite nice.  As the alcohol evaporated and shimmer of the paints emerged and my Art Doll began to sparkle (I do love these paints!).IMG_2519

Now what to do with her??  Hmmmm, a canvas would be nice.  I found a canvas that I previously painted with Twinkling H2Os in Pretty Peridot, African Jade, Boysenberry, and Sapphire on Ice.  I also pulled a few scrap pieces of handmade paper (Thank you Arnold Grummer’s® Papermill Pro http://arnoldgrummer.com/).  The paper was layered onto the painted canvas using Crafter’s Pick™ The Ultimate! glue (my favorite). IMG_2520 I then placed the Art Doll on top…hmmm, needs a little something more….perhaps some hair?? some beading??  Something else??

Never one to shy away from excess I added a bit of beaded trim to the bottom and to the arm area (glued onto the back), IMG_2521

a piece of mesh trim on top of the handmade papers, IMG_2523

and a “crown” behind her head (a recycled ornament top, flattened)     IMG_2526

…all were glued in place.  It still needed a little something…I found some paint pens in my stash and wrote out a beautiful thought (Pinterest is a wonderful place to find all sorts of inspirational sayings!).  Another small piece of beaded trim completed the canvas and brought balance.IMG_2525

I hope you have enjoyed this project.  Fingers crossed that I will be seeing you again soon on the ColourArte designer Blog 🙂

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Thoughts of Spring

The winter cold has hit hard this year on the East Coast.  I shouldn’t complain, though.  Here in Virginia we have dodged the bulk of the snow storms burying our Northern neighbors.  Still, I find myself wishing for Spring warmth and regrowth.  It is with those thoughts that I created my latest blog post for Arnold Grummer’s design team “Wishes For Spring” .  http://arnoldgrummerpapermaking.blogspot.com/2015/02/wishes-for-spring-vase-designed-by.htmlIMG_1651

Take a peek and enjoy.  Hopefully it will pull you to the creative side of the street and we can pull Spring out of hiding together 🙂arnoldgrummer paper making

ColourArte’ Design Team submission


Hi all!  Once again I am stretching my designer brain and trying out for a new team.  This time it is ColourArte’ (www.colourarte.com) and their line of paints & powders.  I am in LOVE with their Twinkling H2O’s, a paint that gives shimmer to any project that it is used on!  Anyone who knows me knows that Everything is Better with BLING (I see you nodding!).

Please follow the link below to view my project submission.  It is a design “squad” collaboration as I pull in Arnold Grummer’s papermaking along with the introduction of Twinkling H2O’s.  Thanks in advance for looking.




“Painting” with Paper Pulp


Just when I think I have seen everything in the crafting/design world along comes another inspiration to worm its way into my artist’s mind.  Such is the revelation that I can “paint” with paper pulp!!  Are you kidding me?  So much fun and so easy peasy to do!  Thanks Sandee for opening my eyes!  Off I go to my paper studio/laundry room to get to work.


shredded paper (thanks to the mailbox full of junk mail)

Arnold Grummer’s Papermill Pro (www.arnoldgrummer.com )

LuminArte Twinkling H2O’s Snap Dragon, Wine&Roses, Periwinkle, & Playful Peony (www.colourarte.com/twinkling-h2os )

blender (dedicated to paper making)

plastic tub


empty jars or squeezy bottles


1) To create each batch of pulp place 1 handful of shredded paper to your blender.  To the paper I added a bit of LuminArte powder (I don’t tend to measure, but I would guess about 1/4tsp).   IMG_1392

2) Add enough water to cover the paper pile.IMG_1393

3) Blend.

NOTE: I use 2 settings on my blender to create the pulp, puree and chop.  I allow it to process for about a minute before checking.  If any full pieces of shredded paper remain then it can be blended a bit longer. IMG_1394

4) Place the support grid in the plastic tub.  Cover it with the Papermaking screen.

NOTE:  I work in my laundry room and have a utility sink.  I place the tub with support grid & screen into the sink before proceeding to next step.  This allows for splatter to be contained within the sink.  Just a thought 🙂

IMG_1389 Carefully pour the pulp onto the screen.  The water will flow through the screen and into the plastic tub leaving behind mushy, gushy pulp!

5) Lift the screen carefully and pour pulp into waiting jar or squeezy bottle.  Wipe off any drips (the LuminArte powder can stain surfaces) and cap tightly.   IMG_1395

6) Repeat process with other colors.  IMG_1396  As you can see the intensity of color varies.  I like to start with small amounts of LuminArte powder (see step #1 above).  For deeper colors, a bit more was added AFTER the initial blend (except for the 3rd jar which I accidentally “dumped” too much in to begin with!)

Okay, so now I have jars of pulp.  What can be done with them?  Watch and be amazed!  I tend to freeform my designs.  However if you like planning ahead a design can be sketched out ahead of time.  My thought when creating these pulp colors was “Perfectly Purple Passion”. I can see a heart at the center of my design with radiating bands of purple surrounding.  Time to make the idea a reality…

1) Once again place the plastic tub, grid, and screen together.  This time the process won’t be as messy, so I am working on top of my washing machine instead of bending over the deep sink (any splatters can easily be wiped away). IMG_1397

2) If you have your pulp in jars (as I do) then use a spoon to remove some pulp and place it on the screen.  Taking little bits at a time, form a heart.  Tap the pulp gently together as the shape is created.


3) Once you are happy with the look of the heart, begin adding other colors one at a time.

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4) The grid (clearly visible through the screen) can be used to visualize the edges of your piece.  Work the design out as far as you wish!    IMG_1404

5) Looking at the design it needed a little something….hmmmm, perhaps a heart within the heart.  I pulled out a little more of the darkest color (wine & roses) a created a tiny offset heart.  Perfect 🙂 IMG_1406

Do you see the water puddle in the bottom of the tray?  That is why you want to be sure to work in the tray!  Otherwise you may end up running for the paper towels!!

Time to press out the moisture (yay!) and complete the painting.

1)  Cover the pulp with a couch sheet.  Using the press bar, press down one section at a time.

NOTE: As I began pressing the moisture out it became quickly apparent that the couch sheet was permanently stained (YIKES!)    IMG_1408 IMG_1409

Too gorgeous to throw out (it will get a new life in a future mixed media creation)

2) Turning it over I removed the paper screen    IMG_1410  A quick rinse removed any color that transferred to the screen.  Another couch sheet was applied before continuing to press out moisture.  2 permanently dyed couch sheets later I decided to iron the sheet, covering it with sheets of computer paper instead of the couch sheets.  As one page would become saturated I would replace it with another.  Now I have some gorgeous dyed papers to use in other projects 😀  IMG_14133) Here is the resulting sheet of “painted” paper.  I plan to use it for a mixed media canvas piece.  Fingers crossed that it will turn out as nicely as its beginning.  IMG_1415

Thank you for visiting.  See you next time!

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