I am a little late, but Happy New Years to all. Hope 2016 is a productive year for everyone. Things have been a little slow moving on my end due to a lot of life changes going on but I plan for things to pick up soon. Please follow my art page for more progress as I tend to update much more than I do my blog.
Here is a doll I started a month ago and am finally now able to get back to. She is near completion and will be available for sale sometime next week.
My newest doll is now complete and listed in my shop
You can view more of my works and progress pics of all my dolls here.
I recently told myself I needed to step up on my dolls, and push myself harder to perfect them, particularly on the faces. Faces have always been the biggest challenge for me (mostly setting the eyes even) so I really tried to focus on this one, trying my best to be as symmetrical as possible. I created my own eyes (using clay and sun curing epoxy) rather than just painting them straight onto the dolls and I am happy with this decision as I find it gives her more life. This is something I will definitely be continuing with on my future dolls. Another thing I experimented with, although nothing to get too overjoyed about, is curling her hair. I know its rather simple but to me it was exciting to transform pieces of straight fibers into beautiful curls, something I plan to do more often. Perhaps soon I will even hand dye my own fibers.
I am very pleased with the direction she is going.. I currently have cosplay on my mind (because it is that time of the year for me) so I was thinking about my last costume which was gothic lolita-ish, full of ruffles and lace and also had devil horns. I used this as inspiration for her however wanted the hair to be bright red rather than black. I was also thinking back on my recent trip to A-kon where I got to meet Huang Shan (RingDoll ..doll maker from China) and all of his dark,gothic dolls. While at A-kon I had also attended a class on Victorian mourning customs and traditions and their attire so I also had that in the back of my mind when creating this doll.
I still have a bit of work to do on her, such as sculpting the rest of her limbs (yes sometimes I work in a weird order), creating shoes, working on something for her head and finishing the remainder of her costume. I may also add a few more details and beadwork here and there.
Usually I list my dolls in my Etsy shop, however someone has already contacted me about purchasing her, so she will not be available for sale. I do have lots more dolls that I will be making and will be sharing my progress so if interested you can follow my work here.
My newest art doll is now for sale in my Etsy shop.
I was hoping to finish my purple doll today, as well as begin some new work, however I have been miserablly stuck in bed, bundled up along with my 4 cats.. Locked in my bedroom with 2 heaters, it will not get any warmer than 60 degrees in this old crap above ground wooden house that I live in. When I walk in my kitchen and living room (which is also my work area) I can literally see my breathe so I dare not go in their if I can help it. Everything I touch in their feels like ice. I am so extremely bored since I am a very energetic person and it is becoming torture to sit here and not be able to work on anything. So I decided why not pass the time and write a quick blog entry for the day. I don’t have any new works to share so I decided to share a few of my older dolls that are still waiting for homes.
Here are a few of my dolls that are for sale.
“Lady In White”.
She is one of my gothic halloween dolls that is fully sculpted in air dry clay. I absolutely love lace and pearls so I had a lot of fun designing her costume as well as individually stitching all the little pearl beads. She is one of my favorite dolls that I have created and parting with this one is going to be tough!
I created this doll for the Art Doll quarterly circus challenge and am so excited to have received my copy yesterday. She is shown in the spring 2014 edition.
Seraphine, fire fairy
Seraphine is my newest doll. I decided to go a bit more fantasy on this one after being inspired by all the beautiful fairy costumes I saw at the Texas Renaissance festival. I also decided to give this one eyes(I often leave them solid white or black) however after a few people critiqued me on this I decided to give her the eyeballs. I am glad I did because I think it works well for her and gives her a bit more life. I also experimented using yarn for hair rather than my regular use of viscose. I am always looking for new things to use and lately I have had a bit of a yarn obsession so I had a lot of fun collecting some new pretty colors. I have a few planned for some future dolls as well so I am excited about making those very soon.
I love both gothic style and fantasy. Even though I am often drawn to darker works I also tend to go through periods where I want things to be magical and colorful (as seen clearly in my newer works). This also tends to be determined by my mood (which changes often) or my interest at the time. For this one I was working on a unicorn inspired costume (for the Texas Renaissance Festival) at the same time I started this doll ( I LOVE unicorns by the way) . Since I was in unicorn mode at the time I decided that is what this doll would become. Well not literally a unicorn…but inspired by…….
I really love this sculpt. I was looking at a lot of gothic architecture at the time and thought it would be cool to design a doll using some designs from some of the churches.(an idea I would like to play with a bit more). I also love vampires so that is what she was inspired to be. For this sculpt I used polymer clay rather than the Air dry as I find I am able to get more intricate details. Looking back through my polymer dolls I am really inspired to create some more of them. I walked away from polymer a while back after my hands and wrist started giving me problems so I am only able to do a limited amount of these sculpts.
My new ooak fairy art doll Seraphine is finally completed and is now for sale in my Etsy shop.
Approximately 26″ long and 13″ when seated.
Seraphine is from my cloth doll series in which fabric bodies are sewn, stuffed and then completed with sculpted face and hands. Her face and hands are created with Premier Air Dry Clay, sanded, gessoed, painted in acrylics and then finished with a varnish for protection. Her arms and legs are lightly posable. Her hair is made from red yarn (wool blend).
Her outfit is made using lots and lots of hand painted gold lace, red jewels,velvet flower petals, orange taffeta fabric , hand sewn beads and other embellishments.
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My new ooak art doll Lola is now for sale in my Etsy shop.
She is 100% handmade cloth doll with sculpted face and hands. She is adorned with various pink, red and black yarn stitches, red bows, gathered lace, lace hearts, and completed with a tattered hand sewn skirt and black vinyl boots.