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.
My new frog doll is coming along slowly. I have finally got all the body parts looking the way I want. It wasn’t easy. I had trouble with the head. I used the pattern from my previous frog doll but forgot how the pieces fitted together.
After trying it several different ways I finally figured it out. Then I altered it slightly.
All the other parts are changed from the first doll.
I did several versions of the feet in order to figure out how to attach them to the legs, and have room for the wires in the toes. The toes are wider than most of my doll fingers but, for some reason, I couldn’t turn two of them. I finally gave up. The next day I tried again and was able to turn them easily!
Frogs are lighter in colour on their front than they are on the back so I wanted 2 pieces of fabric that reflected that. I searched my stash and found great fabric for the front or the back but none of the pieces went with each other. I went to a fabric store and found some pieces that would work but they weren’t what I was seeing in my head.
You can see pictures from the demonstration on the ALL Dolled Up blog.
I had a wonderful piece of yellow fabric that would be great for the frog if it was green. I cut test strips and found some blue Pebeo Setacolor paints; blue, turquoise and green Dr Ph Martin’s Bombay India Ink and tried them out on the pieces of yellow fabric.
I liked the results with the green ink best.
I had painted the fabric in my tests but, to avoid streaks, I decided to dip the fabric in a solution of ink and water. I did this three times, drying the fabric in between each dipping to get the light green.
I cut the fabric in half, added more ink to the ink/water solution and dipped and dried half the fabric 3 more times to get the dark green colour. It turned out a little darker than the test strip.
Now I have the fabric, the next step is to make the body.