Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
There is something about the sole of a shoe that completes the soul of the character we portray. And so it is with our dolls, the shoes are the final touch that completes the personality, bringing a doll one step closer to life.
I have had a fascination with shoes for a very long time. I used to sculpt tiny shoes out of polymer clay, before I made art dolls with tiny feet to place them on. Here are a few miniature shoes I made when I was 10 years old:
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I started last night, and these monkeys are anxious to be finished. I'll post pics when I have them.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I'm participating in the biggest blogger giveaway known to bloggers (or at least to this one)!
He is strung on blue cord so you can hang him on a tree or anywhere you want him hanging around.
The first winner will receive both gifts, and I have decided to do a second giveaway in honor of my love of goddesses.
It's the Nile River Goddess on a blue batik flag.
The second winner will receive the Goddess flag.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
1- Start with some plain white polymer clay and roll two balls the same size. If you want to make several pair of eyes at once, roll lots of balls and pair them up.
2- Stick a small gauge wire into each eye, it doesn’t matter how long the wire is because you can cut it to the right size later. Stick the wire end of the eye into a chunk of clay and bake.
3- Now you’re ready to paint the eyes. There are a few different ways to do this. One way is to get two different diameter wood dowels, one for the iris and one for the pupil. The other, less exact way is to wing it (this is the technique I prefer : -)
If you are using dowels, dip the larger dowel into your desired color of paint. This will be the colored part of the eye. It could be green, blue, grey, gold, maybe purple, whatever you desire. Stamp the dowel onto the eye, and let it dry. Next stamp the smaller dowel (the pupil) with black paint in the center of the color and let it dry.
If you want to “wing it”, take your white eyeball and dip the end in your colored paint. I like to have a damp cloth next to me so I can wipe the paint off and try again if necessary. When the colored paint is dry, dip into a tiny bit of black for the pupil, or if you want more control, just paint the pupil on with a tiny brush. It may take some practice, but I really like the results I get with this technique.
You can add stripes or dots to the irises for special effects, I always add a tiny spec of white on the pupil to look like a light reflection. You can also try vertical striped pupils for cat eyes, or sideways stripes for frog eyes. Hint- I use a toothpick to paint on the stripes.
If you want glossy, wet looking eyes be sure to glaze them with your favorite clear glaze or sealer.
If you try this technique and use it on a doll, be sure to send me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org, write ADO tutorial in the subject, and I may include it in a future post!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Step 1: Armature and head
Step 2: Add some boots, bake, and put fringe on boot tops and paint (watch for tassles later)
Step 3: Add makeup (acrylic paint) and tears in eyes and cheeks (sculpey glaze), and wrap armature in cloth
Step 5: Hair
Final Step: Accessorize
Here is the story:
Sarah has a broken heart, her lover has left her with nothing but a box of memories.
Sarah comes with her box of memories, containing a photograph of her lost love, some dried flowers from their first date, a letter from him, and a tiny white ring box.
Sarah is a one of a kind art doll sculpted by myself, Waxela Sananda. She is a mixed media sculpture and she sits only 4.5" tall. She took me about 22 hours to complete.
You can see more pictures of Sarah, including "The Making of Sarah Lost her Lover" on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spiritmama/sets/72157612451809277/
"Sarah Lost Her Lover" is for sale in my shop on Etsy.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The first is to join a new networking/ promotional site, which I did on Jan 1 (how's that for gettin' right to it?)
I joined ThisNext, a very cool site for promoting anything and everything you think is great. There is a wonderful social aspect to the site, and it is really fun to put my fav's on there. Check it out here: ThisNext
My third goal (an I think 3 is enough) is one my hubby thought of, and I love it. It is to "create" the perfect person to market my artwork. I'm not much of a self promoter beyond my online marketing, and I frankly would rather be in the studio than pounding the pavement to find gallery shows and shops to have my art in. So we will create the perfect marketing match, someone who loves and knows the art world, and my style of art. I think I'll do a vision board to call that person in.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The featured designer of the month from my etsy blogger team is Rose Works Jewelry.
Ruthie is the woman behind RoseWorks, and she is a creative one indeed. Ruthie is an active and helpful team member and artist. She has been a beader for years and after some encouragement from friends and family she decided to open an etsy shop to sell her work.
KS Treasures" which stands for Kindred Spirit Treasures. This shop features the artwork of her mother (aka her kindred spirit).