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Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Jax is sculpted in air dry clay over an armature. She is 6.5 inches tall. Her details were added in acrylics, paper and pastels. her eyes are acrylic and she stands. jax is sculpted without the use of any molds and is a true one of a kind original. She is signed and dated. You can find her in THE ETSY SHOP. OOPS...SHE SOLD!!!
Those of you who tuned in for Open Studio last night saw the beginning process of making her. I will be adding a fast motion video of her making later today. I will also be offering a workshop on how to make her, step by step, in real time. More info on that later.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
As you saw in the video, I started with a doll body constructed of various wood pieces. I added Paperclay to the base and then let it dry. Next, I used acrylic paints, pastels and pencil to add color. To wig him, I used mohair and applied the hair in rows starting at the nape of his neck and working my way up. The hat is made from MANY layers of card stock and pages from a book, then sealed and painted. I used beads and ribbon to decorate his top hat. From his base to the top of his hat, he measures 5.5 inches tall. He is signed and dated on his base. I'll be adding him to the ETSY SHOP sometime tomorrow.
What are you working on today?
He finally got some arms and legs today! Now on to painting, wigging and costuming.... more later!
So, tonight while catching up on some tv that I had recorded the previous week, I sat down with my art journal/sketchbook to play around with them.
I like them and don't like them all at the same time. I want to play around with them a bit more though before I make any kind of definate judgement about them.
Anyway, here's what I did while watching Castle...
I only used the oil pastels, pencil and a bit of ink on this. I really just wanted to get the feel of the pastels. I also realized that I'm really on a clown kick lately!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Every Tuesday evening, starting at 10 pm EST, I will be holding OPEN STUDIO! With the help of Ustream.com, I will be streaming live from my studio as I work on projects. I'll be able to see any of your comments and questions and will be able to answer or respond verbally while I work. Cool, right? I'm very excited about the whole thing!
So, starting this Tuesday, tune into my blog at 10pm EST to join me LIVE in the studio!
See you soon!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Mica is sculpted in paperclay with acrylic eyes. I used watercolor pencils, colored pencils and acrylic paints to give her color. Her skirt is made from the pages of a book. Mica stands on her own and measures 8 inches tall. She's in the ETSY SHOP.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I started working on her again yesterday. I thought (and so did others) than her boobs were just a bit too big so the first thing I did was give her a breast reduction. Wow! Did you hear the gasps and groans of the male readers?? my goodness!
Anyway, after her breast reduction I gave her some paint, a bit of decoration on her dress and face and finally i gave her hair. I'm not done yet, I still have to make and add her wings, arms and some bits and bobs here and there but I thought I'd give you a peek at where I'm at with her now.
I think I'll wait until tomorrow to start on the wings, or maybe not. I'll stare at her for a bit and decide. What's on your work table??
the monster got knocked off of my work table and broke in 2 places... :( ... sigh....
So, rather than try to fix it and send her a doll that may or may not be structurally sound, I opted to make another monster doll for her. I felt so bad but what could I do, ya know? Anyway....
I was going to throw out the other monster but my husband begged me to repair it and finish it because he would like to have it. I argued that it might not be repairable, blah blah but he wore me down and I agreed. I agreed to have it finished for him by Christmas of 2009! I was a little late... I just finished him yesterday....sigh..... Thank goodness my husband loves me and has patience!
Before I show you the finished doll, I wanted to share with you the story behind him.
When I was little I really did think there was a monster under my bed. Every night I would line my stuffed animals all around the edge of the bed and I'd kiss each one and apologize for putting them there. My strategy was that if the monster reached up to grab me, he'd grab a stuffed animal instead. HORRIBLE of me, right?? I know, I know! Luckily, not a single stuffed animal went missing!
So, this monster is MY monster under my bed, eating my stuffed animals!
Another unfinished project off of my work table and TODO list! Whoo hoo!
Back to work....
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Each one of these has a little design on them for kids to paint like coloring in a coloring book.
I just gesso over the design and use them as I wish.
Well..... today I watched a video on Youtube by Sarah Brighton of gypsysoulcreations and was inspired to make a bird of my own. I have been making little whimsical birds for quite awhile now, but wanted to do one inspired by her bird doodles. Check out her video below:
And here is what I came up with:
I gessoed the canvas and then added a strip of vintage sheet music. then I penciled in the drawing of the bird. I added watercolor to the sheet music and background and then painted the bird itself in acrylics. For a final little bit of decoration, I added some shiny bits to the bird's plumes.
I had fun with this. It was nice to just play around with a doodle and not take it so seriously.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
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Okay, back to work...
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I was paired up with Gina over at unpinklife.blogspot.com.
Today I received the magnets that Gina picked out for me from a seller on Etsy. They are so pretty and so colorful. They look amazing on my boring white refrigerator! They are really small, like the size of a scrabble tile and yet they are so pretty and lively! Apparently, they are prints of the seller's silk designs and I love them. Thanks so much, Gina!
I sent Gina 3 of my handpainted and collaged house magnets....I kept the blue one...
Thanks for a fun swap ladies!