Friday, January 30, 2009

Inspiration is everywhere!

I like to try to post at least twice a week and because of this I post pictures of things in the works. After this doll, I am going to start working on some jewelry. Six months ago I bought everything needed to do a little soldering and I am itching to get started.I just love her little hairdo! I thought it might be cool to see where the inspiration came from. I am reading Kelly Rae Robert's book, "Taking Flight" and she has a painting on the cover and her girls have hair like this.
Also in keeping with the theme of collage from the book, I decided to make the dress out of paper cloth. I was going to do a little painting and stamping on the fabric, but I liked it so much I decided to leave it alone. The collage elements seemed to go together. I will add a little embroidery and maybe some crochet and let it go at that. Keeping it simple. I have decided she will hold three balloons, so now I have to figure out how I will do that. Wire and styrofoam is what I am thinking.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Driftwood Angel

I just love her! The pictures really do not do this piece justice. I may do a little more embellishment, but not much. I have been just fascinated with embroidery of late, but knowing I wanted to take this old craft and give it a little modern twist. What really made it pop for me was taking a pencil and shading the face after doing a very simple back stitch. It gives a very organic feel to the face which goes so will with the natural materials. I am sure this is just the beginning of much more exploration. I am going to have to start taking my daily walks just to find more driftwood.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Folk Art Fairy

Another little folk art fairy. She is only 6 1/2 inches. I love doing these because of the primitive type sculpting. They really come to life because of the painting. It is hard to paint something so small. I will get the hang of it before long. I have decided if I can paint a little rose on a tiny button. I can paint a face the size of a quarter. I laugh as I say that, because my eyes are not what they used to be. Every work area I have has a magnifying light. I never had this problem until I turned forty. I did use a liner brush for most of her features, but I think I still need to go to a smaller brush than what I am used to for a little finer detail. Live and learn!


Monday, January 19, 2009

One World One Heart

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One World One Heart My gift for the event is this little Folk Art Fairy.

She is 7 inches tall. She is made with Super Sculpey. The wings are painted on watercolor paper and coated with paverpol. The hat is made from a coffee filter and painted with acrylics. The face and legs are also painted. She holds a heart symbolic of the event.
If you are a blogger you are eligible to participate. Just make a comment on this post and I will have a drawing on Feb 12th. To see the list of those participating just click on the link above.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009


I just thought I would post a few picks of the things I have been working on this week. I begin each face with just drawing right on the muslin and then with three strands of floss and some very simple stitches begin coloring with the floss. I have yet to make the pattern for the body, but that is how I work with all the dolls. First comes the face and then I worry about the body later.


Friday, January 2, 2009

Folk Art Whimsy

One of my New Years resolutions is to be up and working in the studio by 6:00 am. I am up at that time, but it takes two cups of coffee before I am up and moving around and that means I do not get into the studio until around 8:00. I am a morning person and with that in mind, I need to take advantage of the morning hours. I needed a little whimsy to begin the new year so I made this little fairy and she also has eight sisters who will be joining her if I can just keep up with my early morning resolution.