I always post my daily progress on my Facebook art page but trying to remember to update my wordpress is another story. So I am a bit late on this dolls progress because she is already completed however thought it would be interesting to do a quick post on the stages of my doll from beginning to completion.
Dolls are pretty time consuming (sketching/planning ideas, armatures, making the eyes, sculpting, cooking, layers of gesso, painting, varnishing, lots of waiting for things to dry, attaching the limbs for the jointed dolls, making the costumes, gluing in the hair, and all the other little details that go into it). It really works my nerves when someone asks if I can “lower the price” or “”omg why does she charge so much”. If only people could understand this, much like painting or any other art form, is a time consuming process, and also these are one of a kind pieces of art. If you want cheap, you can always go for mass produced.
This is my newest piece. I have lately been taking a small break from my jointed dolls to make a few standing sculpts. (but don’t worry, jointed ones coming back soon!) She is my representation of the grim reaper.
I am finally getting back to working on new dolls. Lately I have been so busy with commission costumes that I had to slow down on my sculpting but I am near completion on my last commission…..just in time to start some pieces for halloween (my favorite time of the year!)
My grim reaper is now completed and for sale in my Etsy shop! Like all my dolls, she is 100% handmade without use of any molds. I have hand sculpted all the little skulls and details on her head and chest. I use cernit clay (which I have found is the strongest of all polymers) and she is built over a carefully constructed wire based armature. She is painted in acrylics, and varnished for color protection. She stand about 15″ high and is not posable. Her eyes were also handmade by me.
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My favorite time of the year is halloween and I had a lot of plans for many themed dolls however unexpected life changes threw me off track and I am now behind. So far I have only been able to create my vampire doll but I still have plenty of time to at least do one or 2 more in time for halloween. I recently had an idea for a Beetlejuice inspired doll so hopefully I will be able to get to start working on that one very soon.
My vampire art doll is my newest one and has just been listed for sale in my Etsy shop. As always layaway is available so you can always message me about breaking up payments. For more of my dolls and works in progress on each piece please visit my art page.
She is hand sculpted using cernit clay without any molds so is truly a unique piece. Everything from the eyes to the costume is handmade with love, and lots of time has gone into her construction.
I am working on some new chokers to sell at an upcoming steampunk festival in November. Until then I will be listing them in my Etsy shop. They are all OOAK, handmade chokers with double interfacing for extra strength. They have grommets in the back so they can corset to fit a variety of neck sizes.
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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.
I am always looking for an excuse to make a costume so when I heard about the zombie walk I decided last minute that I wanted to throw together a quick costume…..not that a zombie really requires a costume (other than blood and guts) however this is the idea I saw in my mind. I don’t know what I was possibly thinking, doing another corset in 2 days (while I am still in the process of finishing ren fest costume) but when I have an idea in my head, I have to do it or it will drive me crazy. So I didn’t take it all that seriously since it was most likely going to get stained with blood. I didn’t even go shopping for fabrics. I just used any leftover fabrics I had laying around and improvised. In the end though I didn’t even get full of blood. Honestly, I love zombie movies. I am a fan of The Walking Dead, Night of the Living dead, etc however I never really had the strong desire to dress up as one. (I would have much rather been a vampire). I didn’t really want gross wounds on my body nor did I want blood all over me (because I knew it was going to drive me crazy) so I was a pretty tame zombie. I just wanted to look dead plus I have not the slightest clue how to do latex. It could have been a disaster if I tried haha. My boyfriend on the other end, wanted to be a little more bloody so he used elmer’s glue and tissue paper and created some wounds. I have never seen him get so excited about dressing up (which is funny because he rarely dresses up).
Unfortunately, I did not get any pics during the walk but we took a few shots before.
My bride of frankenstein inspired doll is now for sale in my Etsy shop
This lovely bride was created to be the companion of Frankenstein. However, when the monster set eyes on her face he knew that she could never love him, for he was ugly and could not compare to her beauty. In an attempt to keep her forever, he attempts to cut out her eyes so that she may never know what he looks like. He succeeds in removing one of them however she was awakened and escaped before he could remove the other eye. The bride, now ashamed of her own looks, continues to search for a soul mate to love her despite her flawed face.
She measures approximately 20″, and 10.5″ when seated.She is completely handmade out of Premier Air Dry Clay over a strong sturdy armature. She has been painted in acrylic paints, and completed with a gloss varnish. Her arms and legs are ribbon jointed and can be slightly posed. Her hair is made of black and white viscose and is permanently styled and attached to her head. It has been adorned with white tulle, black roses, and gold wire which I have individually shaped and wrapped.
Her dress is made of white lace, tulle and many hand sewn pearls. She is completed with a golden heart, and wrapped wire on various parts of her body.
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