I truly admire this gifted artist, Her name is Sheley Hawkey from Abra Creations. Her dolls are wonderfully unique. What I like most in Her work is the ability to create expression in her dolls face. Each of her creations is definitely a work of love. You see her dolls and you immediately recognize the feeling she wants to pass along. Please take a moment and enjoy Her work at:
On Line classes, that was something that use to scary me, first because my English is not fluent, second because I don't have to much computer knowledge. Well a very creative and business smart woman knowing that many people like me are scare of what they don't know, decide to post for free a online class and be available for any question you could have, I am talking about Lisa Misa and Her adorable Sam.
Sam by Linda Misa
The class is so easy because you have the pattern that you download at your computer, the explanation step by step with many pictures, and best of anything you have Her online available for any questions, please visit Her place and take a look. Linda is a unbelievable talented artist living in Tasmania, Her dolls have the most beautiful faces, She knows like nobody else to give the dolls expressions that make Her dolls unique.
That's a technique used in Brazil for years, it is call "Biscuit" there. Maybe because I am so use to using I just love it. Is air dry and the best for me is that you don't have to bake it to get cured. I have been using for at lest 25 year for the majority of my projects. Today I will post the recipe and how to do it.
Ingredients: 2 cups of white glue ( the one kids use for school project) 2 tbsp white vinegar 2 tbsp baby oil 2 cups of corn starch 2 tbsp of baby lotion (Must not be with silicon)
Put the 3 first ingredients in a glass container and mix very well.
Add the corn starch sift and mix again.
Will look like marshmallow liquid to put on ice cream.
Make sure the corn starch is completely dissolved and put in the Micro on high for 30 seconds, take out, mix and put back for another 30 seconds, keep doing for about 3 to 4 minutes. In some micros took me 10 minutes to be ready. You will see that the mix is getting hard, in my micro takes 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Make sure you memorize the time it takes, because next time you don't have to go through the same 30 second process. At this point you should have a little glue in the bottom and the mix is almost a big ball.
Put it on a clean surface, spreading a little bit of corn starch and work the dough, but be careful because it's very hot.
At this time add the baby lotion.
and work into the dough until you feel the dough malleable and smooth.
Should not stick in your hands
Put in a plastic bag, take any air out and let the dough to be worked on the next day. I use the same day and the dough is not elastic and breaks when it dries. Take in consideration that this dough shrinks 10% when dried completely. It takes up to 5 days to dry completely depending on the size of your piece. After drying the piece will be pretty sturdy. The best pigmentation for cold porcelain is oil paint to be mixed in the dough before sculpting or you have many ways of coloring the finish pieces. The finishing of a cold porcelain is very similar with porcelain that is why they call it cold porcelain. After drying, it can be sanded for a very smooth surface. Cold porcelain and water are not friends, after drying if you wet the piece it will leave a mark, so you really need to seal your piece for durability. I personally prefer spray sealers but brush on acrylic varnish also works well. Just about any clear spray or varnish will work but acrylic or polyurethane based sealers are best.
Lets talk a little about creative people who through endurance and hard work accomplish their goals. I want this blog to be a source of inspiration and encouragement for those of us that are learning new techniques; it is always something new to learn. I do believe in generosity, and sharing encouragement and support. I also believe acknowledgments of great talent need to be given, which is why this blog will have postings of such talents. Today let's take time and review Phyllis. Some people have the gift to teach, others don't have it; none of which is their fault, this I believe to be an innate gift; to know how to share your knowledge. Phyllis is one of those fortunate people. Her dolls are beautiful and her techniques were developed by experience. Her web site have great tutorial, tips and is full of Her talent. Because of Her generosity we have a opportunity to learn so much. Please take time to learn more about her works at: http://designsbyphyllis.homestead.com/index.html http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ClothDollMaking/
This is an adorable girl. I fell in love with her when she was finished. The hat pattern allows the ears to come out, who wants to have their ears cover if you have such pretty earrings??? The body is made from linen. I did the pattern base in a picture of "Tilda" mouse, I love Her dolls.
The inspiration to do this doll came from a notebook I brought from Brazil. the cover has a lot of pretty Japanese little girls. I developed the pattern by myself for the body and clothes. I did the same coat ( Oh boy, I would be nobody without the translator from Babel Translations) for my daughter and for the doll, I just minimized the size to fit my Japanese baby.
The shoes are embroidered and the dress is a left over from a dress I did for my 5 year old daughter.
I am Brazilian, 46 years old living in the States for 13 years, married with the love of my life. I have 2 daughter; one 22 and the other one 5 ups...a sister-in-law living with us, a moody fat cat,and an adorable dog.