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Dollightful Blog

Turning whimsy into reality, one doll at a time

Sometimes dolls tend to evolve on their own as we make them, and we surprise ourselves with left-field ideas as we go along.  It happened to me today.  As I paused to look at my work, thinking about the nose that I need to make next, I became enamored by the cuteness of my cat Melody.  I took a quick photo of her and placed the doll upon Melody's "throne".    That's when I noticed their similarities:  round face, large pretty eyes... and I wondered, should the doll be a catgirl?

Hello dollmakers!  I have not posted in quite a while, and I think it's a combination of many months of quarantine in the world, not knowing exactly how to process that fact of life for now, and silly "blockage."  That's why I am so fond of this weirdo girl that really is quite beautiful to me at second glance.

Krushia is an animated character created by author Katina Marshell Cotton-Silwa.  When she asked me to create a doll in Krushia's likeness, I couldn't resist.
After a couple of months plus, Krushia is complete and ready to go home!  As she's being prepared to travel to her destination, I wanted to share some photos of her and a bit about my creative progress. Here she is!

Like reading a great book, making a doll has the ability to transport you to another place for a while, to develop your mind, reach through and touch you from the inside.  Sometimes we need something unusual and different from our regular routine because it can go a long way to brighten a dreary day.  Or week.  Or month or longer - like when it comes to being on a stay-in-place quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While we are all at home during this COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are exploring our hobbies.  We're finding positive, creative ways to keep ourselves busy and fulfilled as we cope and wait for the virus situation to get under control.  If you're reading this, then chances are you find comfort in art and dollmaking, like me.

In light of that, I have started a new challenge project together with a wonderful group of cyber-doll artists.  We're all using a similar doll pattern, and interpreting it our own way.  You're invited to join if you like, or you can just watch my progress.

 

"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!