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Another Fabric Art Doll

July 25, 2016 2 comments

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I made another fabric / cloth art doll using the Jan Horrox pattern book and really love how this one came out.  This pattern is so much fun and these art dolls make a nices gift. This doll was for my friend’s daughter.

Reactions from people were mixed. About 80% of the people who saw this doll said “Cool!” while the remaining 20% said “You’re giving that to a child?!” This child’s parents both have tattoos a lot weirder than my little Goth ballerina.

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Painting the face is my favorite part.

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Decorations come in second place for the most fun part. I got frilly with the hair ornaments. The hair was a sleek, shiny synthetic yarn.

 

Book Recommendation: How to Make Art Dolls with Fabric

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I found a fantastic how-to book on making art dolls in cloth in the library, Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls by Jan Horrox. These two dolls in this blog post are art dolls I made using this book. The photographs in the Horrox book are gorgeous and the patterns are for larger 14 – 16 inch tall dolls. If you can sew, you can make art dolls with these patterns. The author uses wonderful, rich colors and textures in her pieces that will give you ideas for your work.

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Great Photoshop Painting Video

April 25, 2016 1 comment

 

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This time lapse tutorial is a nifty overview of digital painting such as using Photoshop or a similar program. It is both relaxing and hypnotic. Enjoy!

 

Revisiting the Painted Wax Paper Technique

April 7, 2016 4 comments

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I previously wrote instructions on how to paint on wax paper which is a sort of like faking reverse glass painting. I repeated the prior project on wood scraps (above) and the results were much better because I put in a detailed background and used a new media. The outlines in the original version  were Sharpie marker, which I now avoid because the ink is unstable. A fine black Molotow acrylic paint pen was used in the new art above, and it worked very well!

I compared the Molotow acrylic paint pen to the Liquitex brand. The flow of the paint was better and the nib more precise on the Molotow brand. If any lines were too thin or not solid enough, I let the paint dry and redrew the section of line that I needed to repair. Wax paper gets soft when wet and can wrinkle then tear if it gets too wet, so it helps to work with very dry paint. This time I also skipped the step of crumpling the wax paper for a more aged look. Wrinkles occur naturally but I did not add to them and make the art look more distressed in either piece shown here.

The artwork below I placed the wax paper painting over a collage for added depth. A process I have yet to try would be to do multiple layers of painted wax paper, maybe even with collage elements between the layers in addition to the paint. The trapeze artist mixed media art started as a collage on particle board (recycled food packaging box like, a cereal box). I did have to press the dry artwork for a few days to flatten it nicely. Since Modge Podge or  other decoupage glue is very wet, the substrate you work one has to be very solid and not warp if it gets wet.

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How to print leaves onto quilting fabric

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This baby quilt is a project where I combined printmaking skills with hand quilting. Leaves make a nice pattern. Better yet, leaves are free! This is an easy process that you can do in an afternoon.

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ACen 2015 Cosplay Photos

October 7, 2015 Leave a comment
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I have no idea… but amazing!!

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I’ve finally gotten around to editing my photos from Anime Central 2015. They are just snapshots from my crappy pocket camera. I need to get with the times, because the higher end smartphones take wayyy better pictures. Alas, I spent all my money at the convention. Enjoy!

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Categories: Chicago, Fun Stuff, Photography

East Meets West: Matisse Manga

August 30, 2015 2 comments

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This concept should probably have a question mark: Matisse Manga? I love the Modernist drawing style where simplification was a focus. Matisse had his sweeping line for a face shape and the eyebrow / nose combination that Picasso swiped plenty of times. Add some really kawaii Manga eyes and the style just clicks, at least for me it does.

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