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!
"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."
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!
Needle sculpting a cloth doll head creates a fully-defined nose and mouth. Wouldn't it be nice to add a little POP to the eyes?
Here's a tutorial that demonstrates how to "sculpt" fabric eyes. The result will be a whimsical, charming, and unique face.
Mayim is an experiment using Paperclay to sculpt a whimsical doll.
Though cloth soft sculpture is my first love in the art of dollmaking, I'm practicing hand at something I'd love to improve on. Sculpting in clay does not come naturally to me, but I do find it a lot of fun. Though I work slowly, I'm not concerned. I'm happy with the way Mayim is evolving!
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.
Just in case you found this post accidentally, or opened it because the title seemed a little shocking - wait. Don't go.I want you to meet someone. Please meet Dianne Nicole Joy. She is a transgender boy-to-girl doll with a very pensive expression and a [true] story to tell.
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.