I have been working on a couple of dolls since June. Both started out as prototypes in muslin and then various parts were redone a couple more times because they just didn’t look the way I wanted them to.
This one has all the pieces done, they just have to be sewn together. Then I ‘ll paint the face and do the hair.
The inspiration for this piece came from a trip my friend, Margo, and I took to the Grand Canyon a few years ago. We marveled at the awe-inspiring scenery but Margo was concerned about the lack of railings.
The “canyon” is made mostly from acrylic modelling paste.
The camera is made from polymer clay and the picture on the back is one of the Grand Canyon taken during that trip.
This sculpture is currently at the Out of the Box exhibit: Fibre Fling 3 at the Kitchissippi United Church on Island Park Drive, Ottawa. This is the last time I will be exhibiting this piece because, yesterday, it was sold. It is still on exhibit until the show closes today at 5 P.M.
This is my second dancing frog.
For the first frog (Mikhail) I dyed the fabric with coloured India inks. This time I used Derwent Inktense Blocks.
I dampened a sponge, coloured it with the broad side of the Inktense block and then wiped it on the fabric. I then heat set the fabric with an iron.
For the frog skin, I used 2 different shades of green. The original fabric was white and blue. The leotard was a cream-cloloured 4 way stretch fabric.
Lola wants to dance.
This is what Lola looked like a few weeks ago.
Since then I have had to make several versions of some of her body parts before I could get them to look the way I wanted.
I usually have a standard order in which I sew the different parts of a doll together. I sew the legs to the torso first. I sew the arms on after the clothes. I usually sew the head on before I put on the hair and then paint the face. This time I put the hair on first. Big mistake! The hair kept getting in the way as I was sewing on the head.
Painting the face comes last.
The first thing I do is draw in the features with an air erasable pen. I cover her hair with a piece of cloth to keep it out of the way and to protect it when I spray the face with fixative.
Once I get the features correct, I go over some of it with a Pigma Micron 005 brown pen. This is permanent ink.
Except for the high light in the eye, the face is painted with pastel pencils.
I use 2- 3 colours for the eyes and eyeshadow and 2 colours for the lips. The top lip is always darker than the bottom, which catches more light. I add the highlight to the eye last. I use acrylic paint applied with the tip of a needle.
I also paint the fingernails.
So here she is, practicing her routine to be ready for her audition for So You Think You Can Dance.
I have not been doing much of anything for the past week except read sitting in front of a fan, with the air conditioner on. I had been trying to decide whether to start a new doll or do some wet felting but instead of doing either I sat and read.
I finally decided to start a doll. It is based on one of the sketches I did of dancers while watching So You Think You Can Dance. I might do a free motion embroidery picture of it as well, but for now I’m working on the doll. This first version has no arms or head.
Both the body and legs need to be reworked. So there will be more drawing, cutting, sewing and stuffing until I get it right.