Monday, August 31, 2009
I know I haven't been posting much lately but I've been SOOOO busy! As most of you know, I started a site on Ning. I wanted a place where I could "hang out" with others who are interested in various forms of art, teach a bit and run some paid workshops as well.
I have been working my tail off to offer free tutorials and swap groups and make the workshops as well. I also have been doing hours and hours of computer based admin yuck too. I'm dying to spend more time in the creative part of the studio but the admin part is equally important, blech.
I just wanted to let you know about the new free tutorials section on the Ning site. As of today, I will no longer be posting free tutorials here on my blog. I will let you know when I offer a new one here but in order to view it, you'll now have to head over to the ning site instead. No worries, it's free to join, there's no catch. Just easier on me to keep the tutorials over there.
SOooooooo, I hope you'll join us! COME ON OVER, I DARE YA!
Red Rover, Red Rover, I dare EVERYONE to come over?
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Signups will be open from today until September 9th.
Workshop runs for 2 weeks starting on September 10th.
Once you register, you will be emailed a supply list and outline of the workshop.
On September 10th, videos will be available as well as support and feedback from me and other participants.
You must have high speed internet in order to participate in the online workshop!!
SIGN UP NOW by clicking on the Buy Now button in the side bar --------->>
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
At the time I was swapping Dotee Dolls A LOT on Swap-bot.com and hated the little tube looking doll design so I came up with my own design and sent them out instead. Here's one of the ones I made and actually kept for myself..
I got RAVE reviews every time one was received so I thought I'd offer up some of these blanks for others to use.
I have added about 15 or so to my Etsy Shop, all the ones you see in the first photo above.
All you have to do is decorate and embellish them as you see fit. A little hair, maybe a hat or an apron. Maybe some beadwork, who knows... all up to you.
These are also the doll design we are using to do our first Fabric Art Doll Group swap over at the Ning site. Sign-ups for the September swap are open until September 1st, so come on over and join in the fun. Or, you can swing by later to join as we will be doing a new one each month. I provide the pattern there to download and print so you can stitch one up yourself. If you're not a fan of sewing, you can always grab one of the premade blanks.
So whether it's Dotee Doll Swaps, participation on the Ning site or just to embellish and keep for yourself, these will hit the spot!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I am ahppy to announce that a new group has formed on the Ning Site!
This one is for Fabric Art Doll Challanges and swaps!
We'll be using a provided pattern and making dolls based on an assigned theme and then swapping them each month! It's gonna be a TON OF FUN! You really should pop over and join in!
Below is a video where I explain how to make the "doll blank" that is the basis for each of the dolls.
Get your Boogedy Oogedy on!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I started a group over there to make and swap Paper Art Dolls. I'm really excited about the whole thing. If you'd like to get in on the action, feel free to hop on over and sign up! We'd love to have you!
Here's what we'll be doing in the group:
Each month I'll post a different Paper Doll Template in the group discussions. Those who sign up to participate that month will then download the template and create a Paper Art Doll using that template. I will assign partners and then each of us will swap our dolls with our partner. For now we are just embellishing the dolls any way our heart desires but in the future, we'll discuss themes, colors, whatever.
So, if this sounds like something you'd be interested in participating in, we'd love to have you join us! It's free and fun! Also, if your friends or family enjoys paper dolls, tell them about it too!
Hope to see you there!
And here are the cards she made for me...
If you would like to join in on the fun, head on over to the Ning Site and join in! We'd love to have you!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Here's #3 in the series of 4. I decided to make this one a little more subdued than the others before him. He is sculpted in paperclay over armature and painted and stained in acrylics. He stands 5.5" tall. I am heading over to my Etsy Shop now to list him!
I give you Nosferatu.........
One more to go!
Once I finish this series, I will be making a dollhouse miniature setting! I know, it's been forever. I think I've had a long enough break that it'll be fun making a few minis again. So, stay tuned for that!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I'd dance with this guy in the moonlight!
The first of my 2009 Halloween creations. I have 3 others in the works as part of this series. This one is already listed in the Etsy Shop! More to come!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
I sculpted these in paperclay a long time ago and just never got around to doing anything with them. Well, today I did some work on them. They're still works in progress but I'm getting there. Their faces are painted and they now have hair. Tomorrow I'll start on the costuming and finishing touches.
So, that's what I've been up to today, along with laundry and normal Mommy duties. It's amazing what one can accomplish when they ban themselves from the computer! ;)
I hope your Thursday was a good one, now I'm off to bed!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
So, here goes:
This is a picture of the 3rd doll I ever made. I named him Hobokin. He's about 11 inches tall and is sculpted in polymer clay with a soft sculpted body. All of his clothing is handsewn and designed on the fly (no patterns). He stands with the aide of a doll stand and is carrying a little knapsack over his shoulder. This doll is in my own collection as my hubby couldn't stand the thought of parting with him. I couldn't either to tell you the truth!
Now, I have to pass this challenge along....
(I hope you haven't already been challenged) Here's the four I chose:
Barb over at Somethingz to Crow About
Janine over at JustBeans
Jan over at Snippety Gibbet
Julie King over at Julie King Original Art
Ok peeps, I'm off to work on the laundry and to start sketching ideas for a Steampunk doll I'm making my husband for Christmas this year.