Monthly Archives: January 2012
I was having trouble getting the torso to fit and look the way I wanted. In between versions I used one that didn’t work (and wasn’t finished) to experiment. I covered the upper part with Golden Absorbent Ground (White), let it dry, and painted it with watercolour paints. The Absorbent Ground covered body took the paint very much like watercolour paper. I will need some practice in order to learn how to adjust for the 3D body as the paint likes to flow downhill. With a body, no matter which way you position it, there is always somewhere the paint can flow.
After the initial painting I used the Absorbent Ground to add white dots over the already painted surface. I then added dots of watercolour to create the necklace.
The lower section of the torso is painted directly onto the untreated fabric.
The torso finally got done.
I ended up adding darts after it was attached and stuffed. You can see the purple marks of the air erasable pen still showing. I marked the darts and then ladder stitch them together. there is another dart in the back.
My friend Edwina Sutherland asked me to fill in for her at our doll club, All Dolled Up. She was to have given a demonstration of felted animals but discovered that she was double booked. After a short demonstration and some practice at home I used her patterns and method and showed our members and guest how to make a felted dog. They were all wonderful and all were able to produce dogs that looked like dogs- if not always the dog they were trying to make. You can see some of the results on the All Dolled Up blog .
Felting is a lot of fun and with a little practice the results can be quite satisfying.
One of the dogs above was done before the meeting for practice and the other was done during the meeting as a demonstration. I still need some more practice before I get the dogs to look a little closer to what I want them to look like.