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Turning whimsy into reality, one doll at a time

"It is true I am rather taken up with dress; but as to feathers, every one wears them, and it would seem extraordinary if I did not."
~Marie Antoinette
This doll is definitely one of my more unusual works.  I started him some time ago, and one of the things that kept him unfinished was the hair.  I just couldn't figure out what fit.  Today I was looking at him and it came to me:  A feather!

Air-dry clay is a perfect medium for dollmaking.  The results are beautiful, there is no need for baking or firing, and let's admit -  sculpting is relaxing and fun.  There's one problem:  it takes many hours to dry the clay.
You'll have to wait overnight at a minimum.  If you're busy the following day, then your dolls will go on the "back burner" until you'll have time to continue. But there's a sweet solution: A food dehydrator and a cake topper!

I've been reading about art blogs lately - what makes them interesting and successful, and of course, why some go south.
One excellent bit of advice I came across several times is not to be a perfectionist.   People want to read about what you create, but they also want to read about YOU.   It's important to share what makes you create what you do, what you feel, and so on.  So instead of apologizing for not having incredibly interesting techniques to share all the time, or "disappearing," it's better to just share some of the little things.  So, here I am and here I go.

I've gone fishing!
This little fish goes with a new clay doll I'm planning.  The doll is inspired by one of my favorite artists, Marlaine Verhelst of the Netherlands.  She has an online class called "the Elf and his Fish,"  which I am following.  I haven't felt creative lately but I think Marlaine's whimsical fish boy is just what I needed.

Today is Monday -- Memorial Day -- and a perfect day to finish up a doll.   Here she is!  Her name is Anaïs (ah-nah-eese), and she's made entirely of fabric.
She's definitely eccentric.  With oversized 3D fabric eyes, petite delicate hands, wild fabric hair, an enormous collar and fancy royal outfit, this doll is some sort of eclectic mix between Persian Princess and Quilted Cartoon Queen.  Anaïs loves orchids, plump plumes, the color magenta, and banana sandwiches.  What's not to love?