The trees are finally finished! I’m so happy to get them off my desk. My painting desk looks so big now.
I did two more things to them before they were finished. First, I made cushions for the seats. The seats were originally pretty perfectly round, but since, as I’m sure you know by now, I’m [...]
Hi! It’s me! Remember me? I’m still alive. I’m so disgusted with myself that it’s been a year since I started my forest thrones project and they’re not done yet, that I’ve been hiding out from the blog. Real mature, right?
Money’s been real tight around here, but I got some cash for Christmas and spent [...]
So, when last we saw my trees, I had just finished drybrushing them. The next step in this endless tree project is to add the details. I’m going to make some details out of paperclay, and then I’m going to make grass out of raffia and apply silk leaves.
This particular tree has a long, shallow [...]
Well, I have painted all of the trees and drybrushed three of them. I know it’s hard to get an idea of size from photos, so I snapped some pictures with my Petite Ai, Sebastian, who is 28cm (11 inches) tall.
I intended these trees to be sized for MSDs, but I think they came out [...]
Not much to report. There just isn’t a fast way to do the paperclay on the branches.
I wish I could be more informative on this part of the tutorial, but it really is just trial and error, and if you have some previous sculpting skill, like I do, that helps a lot.
So, to give [...]
Sorry I’ve been on hiatus; real life attacked me.
First, I wanted to show you a picture of my setup. When I’m working on a relatively large, detailed project like this, I use an old lazy susan to keep my desk clean and to let me turn it without touching it. Furthermore, I find that after [...]
Ellen Harris has a longish tutorial about sculpting a miniature baby with Paperclay.
And for our polymer clay readers, here’s a page of tutorials from Global Doll Artists covering heads, torsos, hands, hair, fairy wings and mermaid tails. [Sorry, apparently that page has been hacked.]
I’m not sure if you can call these dolls or not, but I love them anyway, so these are here for your inspiration.
(By the way, if you haven’t already, check out Adele Sciortino’s doll costuming newsletter for Martha Boer’s Summer 2007 article about using silk flower petals in doll costumes.)
Mora is a [...]
Apparently I’m doing a series on paperclay-over-cloth dolls. Really, it wasn’t intentional. I’ve been meaning to blog about Melisa Matkin, the artistic power behind Coppermouse Dolls, for a while, and it just happened that she has some work-in-progress photos on her blog that detail her sculpting process.
But first, let’s talk about her dolls. [...]
Something about ODACA artist Deanna Hogan’s work reminds me of the nostalgic South. She lives in the northwest, so maybe it’s just the power of suggestion, since she has made several dolls based on the antique Alabama Baby, but to me her chubby play dolls and nostalgic adult figures are reminiscent of folk music and [...]