Monday, October 29, 2012

Day of the Dead Doll Finished

Took me longer than I thought it would but she's done. I think she came out pretty good for a last minute project. I really wanted to do her to be active in Art Dolls Only. Introducing Delores.
She's small, about 13 inches tall and made entirely from felt. I embroidered details on her face, arms and legs. Her skellie kitty has embroidered features too.
I'll put her in my shop as soon as I price her. If anyone is interested before then just let me know.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WIP Tuesday

At the last minute I decided to join in the Art Dolls Only Dia de los Muertos challenge. This challenge is open to the public too. I'm not sure if I told you all yet but I was recently accepted into this wonderful Art Doll group that I've been wanting to get into for so long. Well another goal reached!
She still needs a lot of work but I'm loving her so far.

If you are unfamiliar with  Dia de los Muertos, it is Spanish for Day of the Dead and is a Mexican holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. 

I'll share more photos once she is finished.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

My Vintage Halloween 2012 Piece Is Finished

I joined in on Patrick Gill's Halloween Challenge again this year. I've done 4 holiday challenge swaps with his group and they are so much fun. The challenge goes like this, we pick a Vintage Halloween card and then base our piece on it using what ever medium we work in. Most people in the group are sculptors and 2 of us work in fabric or in my case, felt and fabric. After we are all finished, swap partners are randomly selected and we send our piece on it's way and receive an awesome piece in return.

 
This was the card I chose. I just love pumpkin headed kids! My original idea was to do the tree in the background and the crow on the branch too but the piece would have been so large and the tree so time consuming that I left them out.
Here's the quick drawing I did to check for proportion. I'll show some WIPs so you can see how I constructed everything. Oh I forgot to mention that the entire piece is hand sewn.
First a little body.
Next a head. The card image has a more squash shaped head but I prefer a rounded head so I changed that.
I made her some little panties with lace even though you'd never see them cause nice girls wear drawers.
All dressed now.
No longer headless.
Working on her companions.
Finished!
I'll do a post when I get my swap partner's piece.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

An Artist Friend I'd Like To Share With You.

I have a great friend named Cindi Myers who is an artist and a lover of animals. I wanted to share some of her mixed media paintings with you. She paints both cats and dogs and has a fun graphic style.


She sells her work on Ebay and her listings can be found here.  I hope you'll check out her work.

She has a blog where you can see more of her work.: http://oldblackcatboo.blogspot.com/

Monday, October 1, 2012

A New Frank For Fall.

I made a prototype head for a doll I was working out a pattern for. The head didn't make the cut for that particular piece but it was a great head regardless so I kept it on my worktable. After I finally finished several big projects I thought this head deserved a body.
You've probably seen him chilling on my worktable in other photos. Here he is waiting for a body.
Tailoring his jacket. Deciding on the position of his arms. Hands still need to be sewn and stuffed. He's a tall guy.
Hands sewn and ready to attach the arms.
Frank's all done and is in my etsy shop. There is a link to him on the right side of this page. He's  22 inches tall and is a OOAK. He's made from eco felt and is entirely hand stitched by me using my own pattern. He has a loop sewn on his back so he can be hung on a wall.

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