I finished this doll a little while ago. She is a version of the Tea Bags doll you can see here. I didn’t post it as I was busy working on things for the Almonte Fibrefest which was last weekend and Calabogie Artsfest which is coming up on October 15 & 16.
I named her Circles because her jacket is a circle and because of the pattern in her dress. I didn’t have any lace for the bottom of the dress so instead of making an 80 Km round trip to the nearest store I made some using free-motion embroidery and built-in stitches on my sewing machine on water soluble stabilizer. It took longer than the trip to the store but I’m pleased with the result.
The face is needle sculpted and painted with chalk pastels.
Here is a recently completed watercolour.
This is from one of my Dad’s old slides. That is my sister Donna in the background hanging the pails.
This is a cloth doll made from recycled components.
Her clothing contains two different brands of tea bags (three different kinds of tea), parts of old jeans (they once were my favourite pair), a kilt and dental floss. The dental floss was dyed using Bombay Pigmented India Ink and is used for the hair.
The skin was painted with watercolours and the face was done with pastel pencils.
The doll was made in response to a challenge presented by All Dolled Up doll club.
This is about the third try to paint a watercolour portrait of my great-nephew. I still haven’t got him young enough but this is much better than my previous attempts.
I had a little fun with painting watercolour on top of paper that had been coated with gel medium.
In this first one I coated paper from a multi-media sketchbook with Liquitex Matte Medium. I had planned to use the Gloss Medium but I grabbed the wrong bottle. After it dried I dripped colour onto the paper and tilted the paper to let it run. I picked up the colour with a paintbrush from Derwent Inktense Sticks. The first layer was very pale so I let it dry and then added more colour. It took several layers to get the colour this intense. Partway through the process there were two eye-like spaces that I painted in to look like eyes.
In addition to allowing the paint to run across the paper more easily, the gel medium also makes it easy to lift off colour and correct mistakes.
A new watercolour based on a photograph I took on a trip to Brazil several years ago.
My friend Marnie is looking out at Iguassu Falls. We spent a day on the Bazilian side and another on the Argentinian. The falls are magnificent. I will paint them someday.
A few weeks ago I posted a watercolour of a red fox and said that I might do it in felt.
Well I did and here’s the result.
Using the watercolour as a guide certainly helped the process.