Tuesday, December 28, 2010

a little clown ... A pattern by Stephanie Novatski

Some times I start a post then forget to finish and post it ! So here is one of them I did a while ago ... This is My Version of a Stephanie Novatski Pattern. This pattern was published last year  or maybe the year before ... you all know  how time flys . The Doll Club I belong to desided to make it club project , We are lucky enough to have Stephanie as a leading Member  of a group that meets once a month in Neptune NJ.The Doll was a Sweet Valentine Doll But As you can tell I went with what I had and it was Stars and  dots  and it became a clown . I added slippers and a purple glass bead for her nose ... The things  I loved about this pattern .... The Hands and the cute feet were  easy and perfect ....The pattern called for a piece of felt sewn into the flat head .Wow that made all the difference when I started to do her face. The hair I made for this little clown is yarn that I wrapped on knitting needles and heat set in a warm oven .  I was very happy with the results  ..... I donated this doll to a charity soon after I finished her.  

June bugs paper clay Sister

Meet June bugs Sister ..
  My Second  Doll in Paper Clay  .......

      Meet June Bugs sister.. I didn't give her a name because I'm sending her to my Mom in Florida..I'm leaving the naming to her .
    I sculpted this small  doll's  head , legs , feet , arms and Hands from paper clay .she has a cage style wire armature , this gave her  body Dimension .I wrapped the armature with a little batting then I slipped on a cloth body suit made from a cotton lycra , a two way stretch fabric....Her wild hair is a beautiful natural silky Moe hair. I picked up her hair  from Collen Athens ,Colleen sells the most delightful Moe hair for dolls! The paint  I used for her skin was the last of my Hanni Sarris faerie skin tone ..Boohoo I'm going to miss  using  Hannis paints . Her Costume is fashioned from a scrap of mesh fabric I gathered and stiffened , some velvet ribbon . tiny woolen nubs , polymer clay flowers with vintage pink rhinestone crystals . a dash of German glass glitter on her shoes and lace wings . TA DA  she is Done .

Her over sized feet 

I didn't have a lot of luck photographing her
But  you can see her  from head to toe  and
even see the tips of her wings.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Doll Club Christmas Swap 2010

This  is the bear I did . I changed the small plastic eyes
 for vintage shoe buttons , and trimmed the fluffy hair down
Added a little polymer clay hat and a bit of vintage lace. .I know
you cant see them but the little dress has white  polymer clay
flowers with peachy pink rhinestone crystals  and pail green
velvet rick rack ribbon . The  beads suspended in the bears paws
are from my stash of goodies .

        Ever year the Girls from Neptune doll club do a Christmas Swap this year Stephanie picked up tiny Bear kits from AC moore .I think they were all of a buck fifty
        The challenge was to Re-make  and  Decorate the fuzzy little Bears .Five Girls brought finished  and Gift wrapped Bears for the Swap. We put numbers in a hat  to see who would pick first , I pulled the number 2 .

Miss Margaret created the tiny Christmas angel .she looks
Ready to dance  in her  pink Too Too .

Stephanie Put her Bear in a Christmas stocking.
 she used rhinestone buttons for the eyes and I'll bet
she made the fabric the stocking is made from

Maria.s Bear  with its amazing needle felted face and paws .the golden outfit she created is lushly layered with poofs and lace.

This is the Bear I picked .A Nutcracker Bear!
Made by Jane .I just love him and get a big smile
every time I look at him. Don't you love the big
Nutcracker teeth

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My First Prim Doll .

        I know I know ..... It has been a long time since my last Blog , That is because I have been haveing to much fun  living the Creative life, Taking Doll workshops and Teaching  doll making too ,  Attending bead shows , Quilt shows and Hunting for treasures . To say the least I have been haveing a GRAND time . 
       Over the past  few monthes I have created more than a few Dolls and hope to post them over the next couple  weeks , So please scroll down to check out one of the  Dolls I finished over the summer .  Peace and love Heather.   
 This is my first Prim Style doll and my First paper clay Doll Too...  Her Name is Marion she is only 8 inches tall .  I named her Marion after my Grand Mother  . The tea dyed vintage  doiley used to create her waist coat  once belonged to my  Grand Mother , I am so lucky  to have been given many lacy doiley from her . I finished Marions outfit with pink satin ribbon , tiny pink  beads and a few  tiny  vintage pearls. Her pink Hat is a polymer clay creation of mine .  

Marion's Little Prim feet  . Her  shoes are painted bronze  and trimmed with gold  , I gave them a glassy high shine with Triple thick Glaze . Her pants are made from a vintage silk christening gown and  bits of vintage trim.

Marion 's hair is a natural silky goat hair,  a wonderful gift from my dear friend Colleen Athens . She is painted with one of the Hanni Sarris farie skin paints and  crackled with Jo Sonjas  Crackle Mediun , Then antiqued with a wash of brown acrlic paint , a coat or two of Duncan Mat spray  gave her a nice smooth finish

Monday, July 12, 2010

Another Amazing Adventure

    This past weekend My Talented Friend Colleen Athens held a  Tiny Faerie workshop at my favorite Art Studio Purple Petals  in Maspeth Queens NY. I was so lucky to be her helper for this workshop.
     Thank you Colleen ,I will never forget the experience or all the fun and laughs we had on this adventure. You are an inspiration . peace and love to ya.
    Seven Women Attended the work shop, most of whom never made a doll or worked with paperclay . EEEk a workshop full of first timers .. in spite of that I think All the Dolls came out fantastic! Don't you?
   Day One... Sculpting Tiny faces ,simple hands and legs . Most of the dolls made it into the oven  to dry by lunch time...After lunch every one was sanding and assembling. Some of  the ladies stayed late ,The creative energy was flowing  and We were super charged.

    Day Two... Painting the body parts and the Tiny Faces .... after a quick spray of mat sealer it was on to the costuming ....Fabrics Trims jewels and findings... My Favorite part ! Seeing every doll's personality emerge...
   Sunday night I arrived home Tired and Inspired !


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Andrew Thornton

Check out this ..Andrew Thornton Has a weekly giveaway ..every Thursday he offers up something cool .Beads ... pendants...  books.. ..its always something wonderful this week is a beautiful silver mermaid pendant  you  just have to see it .... I originally started to look in on him on Thursday for the giveaway ..but I am enjoying his way with words too..  Peace and Love to ya Peeps.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

child of the forest

What to do with the tiny leaf canes made from polymer clay ?  I remembered I had a small face I made some time ago, I made it using a press mold by Sherry Goshon and polymer clay . I think the molds name is Spring ..Well after I played with it it looked boyish . I baked it and that was that  it just sat on the shelf .... until I went crazy making leaf canes , I do believe making polymer clay canes can be addictive ... OK OK  here is the result when I combined the two.  

A goodie Bag from Miss Tery Favo

Tery Favo is such a special Lady and I'm lucky to call her my friend . MissT as I like to call her  is most generous and is always surprising us with goodie bags, as she calls them. this is just one of many . Some times they have fabric and lace or some chocolates .This one had an interesting assortment of goodies. The vinyl bag is the best  I use it to carry little project to work with me . the blue Shot glass are perfect for water when I'm painting dolls ( or jello Shots HaHa)  the Glitters are just my colors .A Sheet of Tags , Some chip board shapes and a note book ! WOO HOO  Thank you MissT !

Tiny Paper Beads

Last weekend I spun up some Tiny paper Beads , using magazine pages , a glue stick and a tooth pick . Some gold craft paint and DecorArt Texture Glass. The Texture Glass was the Idea of my Friend Colleen Athens And it was a good one !  I really love the way the texture glass made them look .

Thursday, June 17, 2010

She Has a name ! Meet Miss June Bug

Well Well ..she has a Name and it is... JUNE BUG ..with eyes like hers no other name would do ! As you can see she is still in the works, and has a pin or two holding her dress in place .  lots of embellishing  still to do. Her bloomers ,shoes and the lace on her dress are all tinted with Ranger alcohol inks, I did a little hand painting( golden dots) on her shoes and Bloomers with craft paint ... The Rhinestone buckle on her dress was a vintage find . She has hand dyed silk ribbons laced up her legs. She still needs some finishing but I thought you might like to see her progress thus far.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Leopard Canes in Polymer Clay

      I have been having crazy good times.. its one new Medium after another, Doll clubs and Workshops .with a little exploring on my own.
     A few weeks ago The three Amigos, Headed to the Purple Petal studio in Queens NY for a Private workshop with Amber Dawn
    Amber Dawn is a Polymer Clay Artist ..Her Specialty is Miniature And Micro Miniature Sweets ,as in Cupcakes ,Cookies .She Also Makes fabulous Charms and Beautiful Beads All from Polymer Clay.If you want to see Her Work she Has A Blog Amber Dawns Inventive Soul  and  a  You Tube Video .
Colleen Athens is on the left Amber Dawn is center
That's Me on the right and Tery Favo in front
all the spots become one cane

this is not a good photo of the
finished and reduced cane but it is the best I could do
a leopard Bead
Amber Dawn had something very special for us to make  Leopard print canes ! how cool is that I love Animal Prints .

She has HAIR

some personality is emerging !

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

a Tiny Doll work shop with Colleen Athens

      This is my Small Doll sculpted in a Colleen Athens Workshop  Held at Susan Milo's Home last month .She is sculpted from polymer Clay . Here she is before makeup and after makeup.  I have picked a few fabrics and dyed her hair  I'm going to on attach her arms in the morning Who knows I might even get some clothes on her... you will have to check  in to see how she comes along.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My First Art Dolls

Bright Light Fae
A Patti Culea
      When I look back at my first few Art Dolls ..I just smile ..I remember why or who I made them for .
      I have been an artist and a crafter my whole life ..when I was a young I spent the summers with my grandparents splitting my time between Newark ,Westwood and Lk Hopatcong .. Lk Hopatcong was by far my favorite summer playground ..picking berries for breakfast .swimming in the lake and Bertram's Island ...But the very best thing Was hanging with My Uncle Sid and His wife ..because It Was all about The ART ! learning about color and sketching and if I was really lucky we would paint  with oil paints , I still love the way Oil Paints smell all the linseed oil and turpentine...
A gift for Sharon
My 2nd Patti Culea
     At about the age of  6 my Mom  introduced me to the sewing machine, Her prized black Singer with the gold decals ..as it turns out I used it for 20 yrs Making Doll clothes and even clothes for my self
      You name a Craft and I have tryed it...... tye dyeing .painting plaster , glazing Green wear , embroidery .quilting , crocheting  wreath making . jewelry making ,scrap booking , weaving . teddy bear making , candle making . I even built a beautiful Victorian doll house. Most recently I have been enjoying the exploration of Polymer clay.
       Lets get back to the Dolls .About 4 yrs ago I had hand surgery  and was in hand therapy ...the therapist told me to find something to do that would use fine motor skills... just about then I thought " I need to create something new to learn something new"...So on my home I popped into the book store and headed for the Magazine rack ..AHA  I found  a copy of ADQ ...I was blown away at the dolls inside .  I thought ,there must be some books on doll making , Well that day I found only one ...Patti Culeas's " Creative Cloth Doll Making"  I bought it  ...  and I went home and opened  My craft closet and pulled a piece of white cotton fabric out and
began making Patti's Patterns from the book . I made 2 dolls right away , Painting the skin and faces was lots of fun .  then I found a beautiful peachy pink flesh fabric at a local quilt show Dyed by Bunny Goode . I love the color an it is my go to cotton body fabric., I now have all of Patti's books and refer to them often. For a couple yrs I was alone in my adventure into the Art Doll world.. Then one day I stumbled on to a fantastic website "Cloth doll Artistry"  I once again was blown away by the fantastic Dolls ! On this Site I met Judy Skeel . She was so kind to give me a list of contacts she had from NJ . as a result I now belong to a cloth Doll club and a mixed media Doll club .The last year I have been blessed with wonderful and generous new friends in the Art Doll  community hear in NJ and all over the world too .....  I am Having the time of my life !!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Woodland Sprite # 2

This is a Doll I love making..I learned it from Pam Grose at Anne Hesse's MM & M last September. .Pam is a fantastic lady and a inspiring teacher.She was up at the crack of dawn ready to play and She hung out with us teaching her techniques late into the night ,I hope one day to take another workshop with her,
   This Sprite I made with two friends of mine Susan and Doreen we spent several Mondays working on them together.Both their dolls came out really cute too.
     Her Green Felt hat, bodice and shoes are made from one wool felt cone. I cut up and stretched by adding some soap and water. the petals of her skirt are organza that I heat distressed and  I added glitter paint to the edges .She is wrapped in black stretch velvet . I painted face and hands and I used gel pens ,H2o paints and some chalk to do her Face....Because she has a wire Armature she can be posed . I'm sure this will not be the last Woodland Sprite I make....
Wood Land Sprites Heads in Hand !
 In this photo she is still a work in progress .see the pins!

Sequins Sequins Sequins

The Three Amegos head to the City !
A quick trip int Manhattan with Miss Tery an Colleen  . we went we spent!  
We had Sequins on our minds  .. as you can see we found our target . then it was back to NJ  for lunch and a quick art project .
As you can See we Hit the M & J trimmings shop ..WOW  this place has every kind of Trim  on can think of,you name it they have it

A Day in Queens Ny

Tiny violets I  made from the skinner blend

 Last week  my friend Colleen and I hopped over to N.Y , Queens to be exact  We were on our way to a  Polymer clay workshop at the Purple Petals Studio ,With Amber Dawn . Amber makes the most wonderful Minnies in clay . The day was filled with fun and a few laughs too.  We all learned the Skinner Blend and  made tiny flowers with it  the second part of the workshop was the best we made tiny Sweets.... Cakes Cookies and even a little cupcake                                                                                                        

This is my tiny little layer Cake  About the size of a nickel. I think it looks good enough to eat .. See the little chocolate bar too!
2 cookies a cupcake and a Cinnamon  Bun All made in Polymer Clay....I should have made a tiny glass of milk to go with them !

Thursday, April 15, 2010

MM& M Kentuckey September 2009

The CandleStick Diva Made in the Arley Berryhill Class
my Woodland Sprite .made in the Pam G class
This was my second ever workshop and it was a blast ! three days three Dolls here are the photos of the Dolls I have finished I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them. I still have one Doll to finish .I'll post her when I finish Her.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

the NY Workshop with Wendy & Toby Froud

Toby teaching the wire armature

Finn before
Finn O" Brian

A few Weeks ago I had the good fortune to attend the Wendy Froud 3 day N.Y workshop With the "SEW SEW" Girls ,Colleen,Tery and Heidi.It Was An early birthday Gift From My Hubby .I'm a lucky Lady to get such a wonderful gift. Thank you Big ED
It was A polymer clay creature workshop given by the Fantastic team of Wendy and Toby Froud.
We met more than a few talented ladies and made a couple of new Artsy friends ... We Had fun Hanging at the Hotel with Sherri from California Who set the whole thing up ...She is the best !
Finn the Keeper of Secrets
Wendy and Toby with all our dolls
It was amazing How Wendy and Toby pushed me out of my comfort zone of Bright colors and into a whole new world of fur and leather. then Finn my creature was born .