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Another Fabric Art Doll

July 25, 2016 4 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.

 

Dachshund Portrait

May 13, 2016 2 comments

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I refuse to make pet portraits, but this miniature 3-inch square oil painting was a special gift for someone in need of kindness. Making brush strokes on a smaller scale is a challenge. I like how it came out and I really like the miniature canvas panels available in art stores more recently.

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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Jurassic Park Art

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Velocirap Stars ready to throw down a velocirap battle. If you like it, there is a better high res version of this cartoon uploaded to RedBubble here that you can get on t-shirts, bags, stickers and other schwag. I get a small percentage of the sales which will go to recoup the $220 statistics text book I was burned for at the university book store.

 

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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Recent Artist Trading Cards

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Here is a round up of some recent ATCs. It’s especially fun to paint water using watercolor. Some of these are already traded through ATCsForAll.com which is a really good site. I have been splitting my time between pen and ink and some painted pen and ink drawings. I love getting a trade in the mail!

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The whale that went swimming

March 9, 2016 3 comments

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My mail art friend Sherry Harmes of Amook Island Creations in Alaska was sad to report that this mail art envelope I sent to her was delivered drenched in water. The long postal journey is part of the risk of sending art through the mail. The watercolour painting inside was well protected by plastic wrap and tape. I sent her an email and advised she try to iron the envelope because many times art on paper can be smoothed out with a clothing iron. Truth is, I iron way more art than clothes…

 

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