don’t want to keep my head down in the sand so I do try to keep informed by
reading the news. But sometimes, when
there is so much negativity in the news, so many things out of the typical individuals’
control, I just have to focus on something else, something that is pleasant,
peaceful, engaging. Something that will
bring a smile to someone’s face including my own. So what do you do when you can no longer read
the news? You create more Flower
Faeries, that’s what you do!
I have been happily working away on my third
Flower Faerie the past few days. Even
though I have used the same pattern and techniques to create each one, they all
are a little different, as if each one has their own little personality. If you want to join me in on the fun I will
be teaching a class online on AforArtistic in February on how to create your
own little Flower Faeries. So put a gift
certificate for A for Artistic on your wish list this holiday season. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate you can click on the link below to A for Artistic
never did finish the trunk doll challenge for the online doll club I belong to on
time but I am still working on it and have developed an interest in altering
boxes as a result (one can never have too many hobbies or too many shoes). I am on my third box for the trunk doll
challenge which might be why I haven’t finished it on time. I wrote a post about the first box I made
which quite frankly was a disaster. My
husband made me the second box but by then I had lost interest in covering a
doll trunk with fabric. My Artistic ADD
clicked in and I had to chase all other things shiny down the rabbit hole
again. This time what caught my
attention was antique watercolor boxes.
So of course I had to go and buy several cigar boxes to alter into faux
antique watercolor boxes and while I was on the lookout for cigar boxes I found
a few wooden wine boxes. While chasing
the shiny watercolor boxes down the rabbit hole I became enthralled with
antique French Mignonettes and their traveling trunks. So the chasing something shiny brought me
back to the beginning and now I had a more interesting idea for the doll trunk
challenge even though there was no longer time to make the deadline.
first I needed to create the faux antique watercolor box.
are pictures of the unfinished cigar box I used and yet to be altered wine
box. The wine box in the picture is a
bit larger than the one I wound up using for the doll travel trunk but alas, I
didn’t take a picture of the wine box I wound up using for the travel trunk
before altering it. It looked pretty
similar to the larger one in the picture, just smaller.
I altered a label on the computer for the watercolor box with a free graphic unlettered
label from the graphic’s fairy http://thegraphicsfairy.com/category/printables/ (awesome site if you are a mixed media
artist). I changed the color to sepia
and then hand colored it with watercolors as a watercolorist might do with
their watercolor box label. I then “antiqued”
it with a sepia stamp pad.
I was having fun making a watercolor box label I decided to make a label for
the doll traveling trunk. I used the
same methods for creating an antique label for the trunk but just made it
I really don’t like playing with stinky stains I used Golden acrylic paints (my
absolutely favorite acrylic paints) to achieve the antiquing effect on the
boxes. I also wanted to make separate areas
in the watercolor box as the antique ones have and separate areas in the doll
travel trunk as many of the antique ones also have so I had my husband cut some
pieces of pine wood to fit the boxes and create sections. These are some pictures of the watercolor
box I “antiqued.” I haven’t varnished it
yet and plan to alter the tin and fill it with an on the go watercolor pallet. I’ll post more pictures when it is complete.
are some pictures of the “antiqued” wine box doll traveling trunk. Not sure yet what I am going to do with the
holes in front yet but will keep you posted.
moral of the story, Sometimes it’s okay
to follow your Artistic ADD down the rabbit hole. You never know where it will lead you, and
that can be half of the fun!
Thank you for
visiting my blog and wishing you a very creative day.
I just wanted to share with you my progress on the flower fairies I have been working on. As you can tell I have definitely been inspired by the beautiful colors of this fall and all that shines. Each Fairy is needle-sculpted cloth that is hand painted with watercolors and embellished with hand beading. I am still working on another one but taking time to photograph each process step by step so I can share how to create them in a future online class. Hope you like them :-)
I just thought I would share what inspired me to create
Mistique, a cloth needle-sculpted ball jointed boudoir doll. My greatest inspirations for Mistique were
the beautiful Lenci boudoir dolls. I
have loved them forever. The Strong
Musuem of Play in Rochester NY has a very extensive doll collection and also
has a wonderful online collection. These
are some pictures of the Lenci dolls I fell in love with in their online
You can click on the link to see more of their online
When I started out making my own dolls I imitated the
child like Lenci dolls and covered bought face masks with felt. As I progressed in my doll making I became
influenced by Antoinette Cely and started creating my own clay masks that I
used cloth overlays on after reading her book on Cloth Dollmaking. You can see a tutorial on Youtube that
Antoinette Cely shared on facial coloration by clicking on this link
After creating dolls with cloth covered face masks I
became intrigued with Needle-sculpting.
I had always taught myself all of my doll making by reading books and
just figuring it out but learning how to needle sculpt took quite a large dead
head pile before I liked the results. Until
I met Peggy Wilson at a doll maker’s retreat where she took pity on me
during my needle sculpting attempts, sat me down, gave me one of her doll
heads, and had me needle sculpt a head with her. My dead head pile grew but I caught on and
have been needle sculpting my doll heads ever since.
I needle sculpted Mistique’s swivel head and
incorporated ball joints at her elbows and knees. I then took inspiration from Marie Antoinette
for her costume. She was soooooo much fun
to create. I am currently teaching a
class on how to make her on A for Artistic.
It’s not too late to sign up. If
you would like more information about the class just click on the following
I shared before I am working on a trunk doll challenge for one of the online
doll clubs I belong to. I wanted to
share how the project was going with you.
Originally I found this antique box that I was going to use for the
Then, here goes that oh shiny
thing again, I found a picture of this beautiful Jenny Lind antique doll trunk
on Ruby Lane.
Of course I had to attempt
to replicate it. Never mind that I have
never made any sort of trunk, suitcase, box even before. Anyway, since I am not familiar at all with
woodworking other than all the woodworking dust that travels into my home on my
husband from his woodworking shop, I decided to try my hand at making a replica
out of a piece of mat board I had lying around.
First I drew patterns for the end pieces and then tried to figure out
how to put it together. After a failed
attempt and advice from my woodworking husband I put together this very sorry
looking mat board trunk.
I had planned
on putting microfiber suede cloth on to imitate the leather anyway and decided
that I would give it a shot and see if covering would camouflage all of its
As you can see the top really
doesn’t fit the bottom and the trunk needs serious help.
I will try this project again down the road
just because but right now I am considering three other options since the
challenge is due at the end of the month. I am considering using the small antique box
that the doll is sitting on for her trunk, using the antique box that I
originally chose to use for her trunk, or accepting my husband’s response to my
misshapen box. I think I will go with
the later and let him make the trunk out of wood in a size that will actually
allow me to put the doll in along with some of her wardrobe and accessories that
I will make for her down the road. Off
to JoAnn’s to buy more micro-suede!
you are looking for a new project I am teaching Mistique online at A for
Artistic starting September 29, 2015.
Click on the following link if you are interested in more information on
always enjoy having my tea out on the screened in porch during the warm weather
months. During the past few mornings the
air is starting to show the signs of Autumn’s approach with the cool crisp
mornings and colors of fall beginning to appear. I love all of the seasons and live where they
can all be enjoyed. But, the end of summer always leaves a slightly melancholy
feel. A wish to extend the summer warmth
and sun lingers into the fall until the colors become so vibrant and the air so
crisp that all there is left to do is but embrace Autumn’s spectacular
arrival. And with these feelings I
started to work on this project of flower fairies. Maybe it’s my way of prolonging the beauty of
the summer flowers along with the embrace of the approaching change of seasons. I have more beading to do, hair to add, and headdresses
to create. Check back in from time to
time and I will keep you posted on how they turn out.
This summer I have been suffering from Artistic
ADD. It seems like I have been trying to
work on a multitude of projects at one time and keep getting new ideas for
more. Then I have to chase the shiny new
idea down the rabbit hole again! Do you
ever run into the same thing? Anyway, I
have been working on a garden sprite, created a sleeping mermaid, played around
with new techniques for making and inserting eyes, worked on developing a few
new patterns for cloth ball jointed dolls, and have been working on a challenge
for one of the online forums I belong to.
On top of that I created and just finished teaching Poinsettia, an
online class on A for Artistic and am working on getting ready to teach another
online class called Mistique on A for Artistic starting on September 29th. Reminds me of the old expression, “No rest
for the Wicked!” I thought I might share
a few pictures of the ball jointed dolls I have been working on and the antique
box I will be making into a doll trunk.
Hope you are having as much creative fun as I am :-) And yes I will be creating heads for the dolls sitting on the antique box!
If you are interested in finding out more about the
online class Mistique that I will be teaching on A for Artistic just click on
the following link.
woke up to a beautiful morning today and went for an early walk before the day
became too warm. On my walk back home I
noticed an Osprey perched on the roof of our barn. In the past few years more and more Ospreys
have been making their home in our area and we have a nest a short distance
from our house. I enjoy watching them
and having them close by. But, I really
don’t want them nesting on top of our solar panels which are on top of the roof
of our barn.
my walk I typically enjoy my tea on the screened in porch during the warm
weather months and I did the same today.
The Osprey didn’t move from its position on the top of the roof the
entire time. After having my tea I asked
my husband what we need to do if it made a nest there. He wasn’t quite sure but I hoped there was
something to do to gently discourage it.
Now since it was still beautiful I went out again on the screened in
porch to do a little doll making and yes the Osprey was still perched on top of
the barn roof. So I got my camera. I have tried several times over the years to
get a good picture of one of the Ospreys and had been unsuccessful so I thought
now might be a good opportunity. Well,
as soon as I took a couple of quick pictures the Osprey flew off. I couldn’t get one of it flying away but
learned a new lesson on how to discourage Ospreys from nesting on your roof,
take out your camera!
I recently read Lisa Lichtenfel’s article on eyes in
the current edition of Art Doll Quarterly and was so inspired that I have been
working on painting my own doll eyes on glass pearls for the past few
days. I didn’t paint them quite like she
did and will be experimenting on how to insert them since I don’t use a
Styrofoam base for my needle sculpted doll heads. Not sure quite how I will do it yet but it
will come to me when I get ready to put them in. If not, there just will be a few more heads
entering the dead head pile. Hope you are
having fun creating something new!
It’s not too late to sign up for Poinsettia, a
Christmas in July class that I am teaching on A for Artistic. If you would like more information on the
class just click on the link below.
just wanted to share a picture of the tiny mermaid I just completed. She was a lot of fun to paint and bead :-)
you would like to join me in creating some Christmas in July decorations I am
teaching a class on A for Artistic called Poinsettia. Just click on the following link if you would
like more information.
I know it might be a little early to start thinking about the holidays but if
you are going to create some presents to give away this year it really isn’t
ever too early to start working on them.
I have been working on creating a few Poinsettia busts for this coming
holiday season and I just wanted to share some pictures of them with you!
I love the most about Needle-sculpting each head individually is that even
though you could use the same pattern no two are alike and they each develop a
personality of their own.
you would like to learn how to make some of your own I am teaching this as an
online class on A for Artistic starting this Thursday (7/09/2015). If you would like to find out more about the
class click on the following link.
inspiration is so strong it calls me out of sleep. I have been waking in the wee hours of the
morning, early enough to see the mists rolling across the fields, for the past
two days. It is as if this tiny little
mermaid is too impatient to be created and decided to call me out of my sleep. Isn’t it wonderful to be so happy to do what
you do that you can’t wait to wake up in the morning to start your day?
you are interested in taking an online art doll class, I am teaching Poinsettia
on A for Artistic.
The class begins July
10th for Christmas in July. It’s
never too early to start making gifts for the holidays! If you would like to learn more about the
class just click on the link to A for Artistic below.
Everyone! I just wanted to share some
pictures that were sent to me by a couple of students that just finished taking
two of my recent classes. One of the things I love the most about
needle-sculpting is that no two dolls look alike because they are individually
sculpted and painted. I just love how
Jack and June used the techniques I taught to infuse the dolls they created
with their own personality!
This is the class doll that Jack was taught in
Advanced Needle-Sculpting in Tulsa.
is the doll Jack Chowning created.
is the online class doll that June was taught on A for Artistic.
is the doll June Silberman created.
you are interested in taking an online class I will be teaching a Christmas in
July class called Poinsettia on A for Artistic starting July 9th.
you are interested in learning more about the class you can click here