1) I use Creative Paperclay as a hobbyist, not to create and sell my art. Therefore buying in bulk directly from Creative Paperclay doesn't make sense for me financially or for storage reasons.
2) I consider myself to be a fair person and a wise consumer. Given those facts, I had to purchase a package of ArtMinds Clay Mache along with my Creative Paperclay in order to make a good comparison.
3) The price was the same at $6.49, however, Creative Paperclay was 8 oz. verses 14.8 oz. of ArtMinds Clay Mache.
Upon opening the packages, there were three differences I noticed right away:
1) The color - ArtMinds is slightly whiter than CP
2) Texture - ArtMinds is stickier and moister
3) Scent - ArtMinds seemed to have a marshmellow scent (personally the scent made me feel sick to my stomach).
Then I took a ball of Creative Paperclay out of the package and started to knead it. It was the familiar texture I have grown to love: smooth and easy to form. After about a minute of kneading it my hand looked like this:
Then I took a ball of ArtMind Clay Mache out of the package and started to knead it. It was moister, stickier and harder to form. After about a minute of kneading it my hand looked like this:
Due to the noted differences, I quickly concluded ArtMinds Clay Mache would not work with molds the way Creative Paperclay works with molds and embossing tools, like Walnut Hollow's clay embossing kit.
Also the back of the package does not indicate whether ArtMinds can be sanded or not.
Both my hands and my tools were much harder to clean than they are after using Creative Paperclay. ArtMinds left my hands feeling dried out and in need of moisturizer.
After a little speed testing Creative Paperclay WINS!
That's the down and dirty of my review of Creative Paperclay v.s. ArtMind Clay Mache.
I try not to berate products as I'm sure there are hobbyist, and artists, who will have a totally different view on a product. Keeping this in mind, I decided to test another possible application for the ArtMinds Clay Mache - what I call 'smear coat'.
I've been working on a project using recycled items and Celluclay. The Celluclay wasn't giving me the final texture I was looking for so I decided to try ArtMinds Clay Mache as a smoothing agent. The Celluclay was completely dry, as it had been curing for about 2 weeks. I filled a cup of water so that I could dip my fingers and add water along the way. I applied a 'smear coat' (pressing out the clay to a very thin layer) of ArtMinds to the face of my piece just to see if it would smooth out the texture. Note the texture on his hat compared to his face after using ArtMinds as a smooth coat. The photo of his chest is the wet version of the smear coat. Overall it worked well in smoothing things out, and it dried fairly fast after being applied. The dry surface had a finish similar to drywall mud or plaster. I could see using ArtMind Clay Mache in this application but I would certainly use rubber gloves and keep a container of water handy to dip my tools in for easier cleaning later.
Take my advise and avoid the ArtMind Clay Mache if you expect it to behave like Creative Paperclay. Or buy a pack of ArtMinds Clay Mache and do your own testing.
In my opinion, with a speed test and a larger project test, Creative Paperclay WINS!!! WINS!!! WINS!!! and is the superior choice!
I certainly wish Michael's Craft store would rethink their decision to discontinue Creative Paperclay. Perhaps they could carry Creative Paperclay and ArtMinds? Perhaps they could sell 16 oz. packages, or some other size of Creative Paperclay if it's a matter of profit margin. How about doing some in store promotion/demos if the product is moving too slowly? If they want to streamline the clay line, I'd suggest they ditch the Crayola air dry clay which is a complete waste of money (a review on Crayola is planned for another time) and takes up more shelf space. Just thoughts.
I'd also like to see Creative Paperclay branch out to Joann's, Walmart, Kmart and other major stores so that the smaller sized packages, 8 oz or maybe even 16 oz., of Creative Paperclay are more readily available for hobbyist, like myself, who can't see buying in bulk.
It is my sincerest hope that you found this review helpful.
Have a creative day!