Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bigger baby head

Well, it's been a while again...I got busy for a few weeks and this past Monday had surgery for a deviated septum...still recovering from that and haven't done much all week. Last night I started on a larger head. This is where I am at so far.
I definitly see all girl in this one. She still needs some tweaking here and there, ears need work but so far I like the way she is looking.
She will be about an 18 inch baby when finished and I am not sure what I will do with her at this point. I'd like to have a kit made one of these days! That is another project I'm starting on soon, my first reborn baby! Waiting on some supplies but I've got the purple wash all done and ready to go. This is going to be a learning experience for me as I've never tried to do a reborn...once i get started I'll post some pics. I'll also try to remember to put some of this one as I go.
Thanks as always for stopping in for a peek!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Scribbler Award

My good friend and fellow artist Denise of dlynneartdolls was kind enough to pass this scribbler award on to me. I'd like to take a moment to thank her not only for the award but for being such a good friend for almost three years now. Denise and I met on a forum many moons ago when we both started to sculpt and have been each others sounding boards all this time. I know I would have given up the idea of even attempting to make something other than a Shrek look alike long ago had it not been for meeting her. Denise is a very talented lady and I am glad to call her my friend! Thanks girl!

Ok, now the condition of this award is that I must pass it on to five others so here are my five:
sweetdesigninc
babiesbysuzanne
kimfillio
nataliescholl
tinakewy

These are just a few of the many talented artists I follow out there and I hope you will go visit them and get to know them.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Well, here she is! Just a couple more little things to do and she will be ready for ebay. This is my favorite size baby to make outside of the lifesized ones. She took a while to do but I think the end result was worth all the work.
She is quite the little handful! She looks just as good dressed as she does undressed and is sure going to add a lot to any collection she ends up in!
I am really going to miss this one but with two little boys in my house I don't dare collect them. Besides that it is always fun to do an auction and have some lucky Mommy win them.
I love seeing where they end up at the end of auctions and currently have ooak babies in just about every state and almost every country too! One of these days I'll have to do one of those maps on frapper and see where they all are! Thanks for taking a look at her!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ATCs

So my good friend Denise (Dlynneartdolls) turns me onto these ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) and I must say I am having a lot of fun making them! What a great way to be crative with all kinds of mediums! Some are funny, others are serious as you can see!
I've mostly been doing collage type ones with different papers, stamps, punched out designs that I sponge paints on. Different ribbons and textures really add to the dimension on them too!
I do plan on trying some painted ones soon. It has been a while since I picked up the brushes and paints and I'm looking forward to getting back into it again along side of my dolls of course!
If you are artistic in any way I recommend trying these cards out. It is a great way to meet other artists and you will end up with a nice collection of cards from all different genres and locations around the world. There are even swaps for just kids so it is also a great way to get the kids creating too!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I'm still here!

Well, it sure has been a while since I popped in here! Spent last week goofing off while the kids were at camp. But, now it is back to work and the break was nice. Just finished this little 7 inch sweetie and she is listed on ebay now. She is darling and sure to find a good home!
I knitted her little outfit and was pretty happy with the results for being a brand new knitter! The romper was pretty easy and then I winged it on the hat for her.
I am going to modify the romper so it can open in the back. I am really enjoying knitting and find it is lots easier on my hands and wrists. Besides all that I love the way it looks! Jessica seems pretty comfy in it! Hoping to get over here more often. Sometimes as an artist I get so caught up in my creations I forget to share them! Right now I am working on a super cute happy face that is sure to be a winner! Also going to get started on a romper for it so that will be ready when the doll is! Thanks for dropping in as always and happy creating to all my fellow artists out there!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Coconut chews

COCONUT CHEWS

Made these yesterday and they were super yummy. For all you coconut addicts like me out there they are pretty easy to make.
3/4 c. powdered sugar
3/4 c. shortening (half margarine or butter softened)
1 1/2 c. flour ( all purpose or whole wheat)

2 eggs
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 TBS flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. flaked coconut

heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix powdered sugar and shortening. Stir in 1 1/2 c. flour. Press into un-greased 13 x 9 x2 pan. Bake until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.
Mix remaining ingredients.Spread over baked layer and bake for 20 minutes. Cool. Frost with Orange frosting (see below) if desired. Cut into bars about 3 x 1 inches.

Orange frosting (more like a glaze)
Mix 1 1/2 c.powdered sugar, 2 TBS margarine melted and 3 TBS orange juice.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tiny elf baby

Well, I finally got a little baby I am happy with. Since I started making OOAKs I've tried a few times to make tiny ones and usually end up frustrated. This summer I seem to be learning a lot of patience and haven't been rushing to get things done including dolls. If I don't like an arm I re- make it. If I don't like the hair I start over....
This wee one is "Blossom", she is just a hair over 3 inches long and has a tiny cloth body filled with pellets and fibrefill. Her arms and legs are elastic jointed so she is easy to pose and dress. She has a little head of blond hair and her pouty little mouth and even those teeny tiny nails were all glazed!
I used puppen Rose for her. It is such a nice firm clay and so strong when cured! I like the lighter color of it and it is so smooth also when cured. I just did the barest of blush on her. She even has teeny tiny creases in her little feet. Each of her toes was put on one at a time and blended into the foot. By the time I got to the littlest ones they were smaller than the end of a grain of rice!
I took the pics outside in the shade and love this one...with the sun reflecting on the blanket she looks like a little angel! If all goes well tomorrow she will head for ebay and I'll do an economy buster low start bid auction on her just to have some fun! I know whoever gets her is going to love her a bunch!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Finally!

WEll, after over two weeks of hard work, chopping off hands and feet, waiting for hair...she is finally done! I am so happy with the way she turned out!
This picture is so neat! I don't know why it blurred like it did but it adds to the magic!
She looked so nice sitting in my gardens having her photo shoot. I am going to really hate parting with this fae for sure!
I really like these clay wings. Wasn't sure at first if I could do them like I wanted but was happy with the results. Up close they look like flower petals and remind me of that old type glass that looks metallic almost. She should be flying over to ebay tomorrow if all goes well.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Updates finally!

Would have posted some pics sooner but it's been a slow go on this girl. With the boys home for summer I seem to grab bits of sculpting time these days. She is still waiting for the rest of her hair to come but is in the home stretch now. She has taken the better part of two weeks but I am glad because she is teaching me patience!
She was sculpted as always without any molds over a strong wire and clay core armature. I used Puppen Rose which is one of my favorite colors for faes. It is a bit rough on my hands, either that or they have been spoiled by the nice soft ProSculpt I normally sculpt in!
Her wings are also clay and sculpted on wire. There are two layers of clay with feathered edges. I painted them with pearl acrylic and a bit of metallic bright red blended into it...they remind me of flower petals. She is such a regal looking girl, I thought she needed some extra special wings. They are completely removable also.
She wears just a piece of torn silk guaze about her waist which is easy to remove as I intended for her to be nude. To dress her at all to me would just take away from her entirely. I don't often do complete nude faes but this one has a wonderful feminine air to her and as an artist I believe that should be celebrated and not hidden.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Just stuff

Earlier this week I took the dog out for a walk....our field is loaded with clover. For as long as I can remember I've always looked at clover with the hope of finding the elusive four leaf one and finally did! Couldn't believe it and have it pressing in a book. Going to try to find a way to preserve it into a key fob or something.
Then yesterday I was spading my garden and pulling weeds since we actually had a rain free day and while spading I hit this pretty large piece of quartz. It is a strange find as we normally don't find such large pieces here in New England. I think I'll put it under my pillow tonight and see if I wake up feeling better!
In between finding charms and stones yesterday I mushed three heads before I got to this one. I have some tweaking to do on it but going to let it sit for a while first. I used puppen rose on this one and not sure as of yet what she will be. Going to try to get the armature made today and see what she says.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

As I said, you just never know what will be living on my desk. I based out a foil head last week and it was just sitting there...then the other day I got the urge to work on it. Sorry I didn't take a pic of the foil head but this is where I was a while later...taking pics really helps you see things in a different perspective and I can see lots of things to tweak on it so far...
So, after some tweaking and taking the ears off I am getting there. For some reason I think the eye slits need to be a little lower and the cheeks need to be pushed up some more. I took lots of pics as I went and kept tweaking...
Now I'm getting somewhere but after smoothing with a bit of oil I can see one side of the lip is down a little bit and one eye slit isn't very straight...more tweaking comes.
Finally getting where I want to be and have added a bit of color with some chaulks. I tend to do this lately as I can get a better idea on hair color. I will still add more layers with Genesis paints before the head is completely finalized...
This one was taken before the oven. Looks more on the boy side to me which is funny, when I do smaller babies I don't often get boys but the larger I go the more boyish they get...strange. The hair is combed out tibetan and will (hopefully) get baked in, I often have trouble with it sticking but love this look. Eventually I want to learn to root the hair right into the clay. I will post updates as I go, this will be about a ten inch baby when finished!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ghoulish girl updates and the March Hare

So, change of plans on the ghoulish girl and decided to just have her arms down at her sides. She looks truly ghoulish and ghostly now..soon to arrive on ebay and see if she can find a new keeper!

On the other side of the desk is the very late March Hare, he seems to have broken the clock and is sure to be in big trouble with the Duchess now! He is solid sculpted over wire and foil and painstakingly hand painted. He even has a few whiskers! Sure to add enchantment to any Alice collection.
He is just a mere 5 1/4 inches to the tip of his standing ear! A bit of pink flocking was added to his feet, nose and the inside of his ears. He has two real buttons on his shirt just to give a bit of depth and texture to him. He will join the little ghouly girl on ebay and if they don't find new homes there will go to my etsy store, soon as I open it!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ghoulish little girl

So after half the day yesterday trying to concoct a name for this blog here I am along with my newest creation...a ghoulish little gal if I do say so myself! She came out of the clay I think to match my creepy mood that sprung up last week. Although she isn't quite finished I am happy with her ghoulish good looks so far.

She is dressed mainly is off white laces. A nice wide pleated lace worked for her skirt while a more filigree type was used to trim her arms and legs with and also made a nice collar. She has a spooked out do of lavender and white tibetan hair...sort of like mine in the morning!
Her hands are behind her back...now, what should they hold? Lots of creepy possibilities aren't there! A poison apple, a knife, a ghoulish head...what do you think?
She is also still in need of a name...once these little things are finished she will be listed on ebay and if she does not sell then she will be banished to Etsy until her new keeper comes along.
Tune in soon, other critters currently living on my desk are the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland and a bird like critter...... I haven't quite decided what he is yet but he may make for an interesting give away....until then happy blogging and thanks for taking the time to visit!