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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mixed Media Art Dolls

Knowing I was going to be having coffee last Friday with a very good friend, Ro from Luvly Bears, after not having seen her for a while, I had to quickly decide on something to make her for her birthday which had been back in February!
I then had to just as quickly make it in just over one day!! Note to self.....be ready for friends' future birthdays!  ;)
So up until this morning my work tops have looked like a cyclone has been living on them!  :)

So, inspired by a piece by Robin Dudley-Howes, I decided on an art doll made from a lovely vintage porcelaine doll body. I say body because she had no arms or legs!
But I think she came up really well and fitted in well with the style.


 I parted with some gorgeous pieces of vintage bling that I had been coveting hoarding holding for just the right project to use them on....her crown and breast piece.
The metal piece of door hardware fitted in well as a whimsical wing piece.
Sorry about the skinny arms Ro, but they don't look too bad do they? They sort of fit in with the whimsical-ness of the piece...sort of...


The dress I made from sari silk and a gorgeous piece of antique lace that I was given many years ago.
I used a person sized locket that had actually been my own, that I bought when I was in my late teens. It can hold mementos inside so I used wee pieces of vintage lace.



After having so much fun making this one I decided I should make another one to sell.
This one is a bit different in that it doesn't have wings and is tied to a lovely old cover from a book that was over 100 yrs old!
I've wired an old bronze key to the top of the cover.


 Now this one was just the head that I was thinking was a frozen charlotte doll but I'm not sure she is actually. But I had to make a bit of a body to attach the head to so that I could then have something to hang the clothing from.


 This one is done in a pearl theme rather than bling and I'm very pleased with the outcome.



Her skirts are made up of netting under a dainty vintage hanky, under a beautiful strip of vintage lace.
She ended up about 10" long!

I'll be listing her in my Etsy store later this afternoon.
Thank you Robin!  ♥


and remember...

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.  ~  Sylvia Plath


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

He's finished!......well sort of!

Here he is then. Of course you won't know who he is if you haven't followed along with my last few posts! He's probably as finished as he'll ever be.......though I'll more than likely add other little things as time goes by, cos I'm going to keep him for myself rather than sell him.


Only problem is that at the moment he has a very shiny face(it dries glossy) because the *%_)(@ crackle medium was a total fail! Not very happy at all! Daryle uses ArtDeco One-Step Crackle and from what I've read it's quite a good product. 
But anyone would think we lived in the sticks instead of only 30-40 mins outside the city centre given how hard it is to buy things here sometimes! The one I found that I thought was going to do the same thing was Sullivan's brand from Lincraft but have made a huge note to self never to try them again!!!


Here he is just after the medium went on and you can see I have heaps of wet on there, as you're supposed to for large cracks. Left it overnight so thought it would be good and ready......but couldn't see any crackling at all so tried a bit of paint(up on top of his head just in case it didn't work cos it would be hidden by his 'hat').
....and of course it didn't work and in fact the paint seemed to 'melt' the medium and it went all glicky. So I stopped right there. 
Stoopid Sullivan's!!!
and just to show you how good the face can look take a look at Daryle's little guy's head! click on the photo to see it properly. He's done an amazing job on it.


So for now he can just sit in all his glory with a shiny face for a while until I find the proper stuff to use. But you know I'm just loving his face even with the shine and even though I know he would look so much nicer with the crackled effect. 
It's lovely to have my own little bird watcher!  :)

Hinges were to be used to attach the wings so that they would be articulated a bit, but I found that the wall of the body was too thin to use screws or nails so I made up my own 'hinges'. Bit too obvious though!  :)
I've thoroughly enjoyed this whole process and it was so much easier than I thought it would be. Daryle's wonderful workshop showed me how to work with the paperclay and now I want to make more dolls and faces, and maybe even little birds to perch on his box body instead of the mushroom/commercial ones I have on there at the moment.

Thanks so very much Daryle! Can't wait for your next workshop!


No one should look out upon life from the bottom of his own well and imagine that the patch of sky he sees is all that the world has to offer. ~ Spencer W. Kimball

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