Monday, January 31, 2011

Giveaway At Art Dolls Only

I am a member of Art Dolls Only and they are hosting their own One World One Heart Giveaway.
Twenty-seven doll artists have generously donated items to be given away and all you need to do is stop by the blog and leave a comment.

Art Doll Domino 13 is my donation to the group for the giveaway. In order for you to have a chance at winning her, please stop by ADO  for 27 chances to win!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

1st Blog Giveaway for 2011!!


Blog giveaway to celebrate the New Year and to say a BIG THANK YOU to all who follow my blog!
To participate, use three words or less to describe yourself!!
 The drawing will run from January 24 - February 24, 2011.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Assemblage Art Doll - Moira

Wanted to give you a look at what I have been laboring over for the past week. I had her laying out on my work area for several months and simply had no desire to permenantly connect her with bolts and adhesives.
So, she sat faithfully waiting for me! My gut instinct does not allow me to finish pieces. I didn't alter her too much. Her body had originally been covered with a silver leaf and I traded that in for the silk ruffled skirt.
The hubby came into my studio last night looking at her and asked me if those legs were from a protractor. He thought it was a perfectly good protractor and that it still had some use left in it. It had and now it has found a better use in my art work. His practical way of thinking and mine are very different.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

WIP - Cloth/Found Object Art Doll

Last week I was working with mono printing on fabric. I wasn't to happy with the end results until I flipped the fabric over and found a beautiful print on the backside. The fabric was ironed onto a sheet of freezer paper and then worked into with acrylics. Layer after layer I kept on with the process. 
Anyway, as I was pulling the freezer paper off the fabric, I had already decided that I would continue to evolve the piece somehow. I threw it on the table feeling disappointed, but not defeated. It landed face down and starring up at me was this awesome abstract piece on the backside!!!
So, after I got over that nice surprise, I decided to try it out on a doll. Turning a stiff painted fabric inside out was a challenge to say the least. After machine sewing the main body and packing it with what seems like a truck load of fiber-fil, I had to reinforce the seams with some hand stitching because it started to come unsewn. I can't even count the number of times I pricked my fingers with the needle. Luckily, I only had to use a thimble to get the needle through the painted fabric. There have been times where I have used a pair of pliers!
Tried all kinds of legs and opted for this strange wooden contraption I purchased this past summer. I am still debating on how to deal with the arms? Or does she even need arms? Oh Yeah! and the face!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Experiment with Cloth/Clay Art Doll

Yes, I have said in the past that I am not much a stuff doll kind of girl. I'm always open to different things!
A  few years back I took an on-line with Jane DesRosier and she taught how to make a cloth/clay doll. I really enjoyed the class! She is a really great teacher and very generous with her information.
 Anyway, last year I did a project with my kids creating a cloth/clay doll. Well, my oldest grew tired of the doll she made and gave it back to me and I painted her white and gave her a face. I like her all white except her head. I've been staring at her a while to get a feel for what direction I am going to take with this.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!


 Happy New Year to all of you Bloggers put there! For the past few years, our New Years Eve is spent at home and in bed by 10:30 pm. I can't seem to stay awake that late anymore.
Our Christmas was spent at home with our kids and since we live far from our families, there were no obligations to be somewhere. Sometimes is'a nice and other times I miss spending the holidays with family.

Anyway, I have been in the studio working away on a few things. I'm hoping to try some new things out in the next couple of weeks and hopefully blog about it. Here's wishing you a productive and creative year!