At last I made some progress on my Angela Jereski class. The figure has not turned out as neat as hers. But since I have never done this type of doll before I guess it is passable :-). I found making her finger armature was quiet hard, because the wires kept bending too much so both palms were different in size. I had to rip them off several times to get them to look more or less similar. Now tomorrow I hope to start to sculpt the feet and legs. Not sure how much I will be able to do before I leave but I want to get the feet done at least. I can't take it with me because it will be a bit complicated to pack and take it. I so want to get started on the actual sculpting but have to wait now sigh. Perhaps I will take my half complete Santa and try and finish it.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
I have been away again and when I came back I caught the flu so the time has flown away suddenly. After the flu I have felt so lethargic and uninterested in things. I hope it will pass soon as believe it or not I have to be away again and I need my strength back to deal with all the travelling I am doing. In the meanwhile spring has come here and the weather has been so lovely. I love this time of the year with the plants beginning to wake up after their long slumber.
Our pond is at last up and running. But I have got to do something about that vile green stuff that keeps appearing. Have to do some planting around it too which will have to wait till I get back.
We did a lot of work with our driveway patio and foot paths around the garden and I find that we have lost many plants in the process.
I am sad that we lost a couple of our rhododendrons also. I guess they did not like the ground being disturbed around the surrounding areas.
However these bushes survived. A splash of colour in our somewhat sparse garden this year.
I found this cute little clay pot in a fair during my last visit. I will have to plant something in it after I get back.
One of the best things that happened during my last visit home was I found 2 very close friends from my school days. I have been searching for them for a long time and I could not find them. I searched FB again and again over the years and still drew a blank. I had almost lost hope and then I thought of searching one last time a few weeks ago. While searching I suddenly came upon my friend's page. I knew it was her but also noticed her page had not been used at all for a number of years and also it said she lived in Germany. I sent her message with little hope of getting a response and I did not. I sent messages to several of her FB friends but still got no response. Then I searched for the place where she had worked in India. I found her university where she had worked. I thought, if she had returned she just might have come back to her original place of work. So I contacted her work place who were either not bothered to give me information or did not want to give it. However after another search of the university website I found her! Wow and actually spoke to her too. I still cannot believe it!
After finding my first friend I renewed my search vigorously for the second friend. Finding her was again just luck. I came across her sister's page on FB. Since I knew her sister only briefly I was not entirely sure that it was her so looked into her friends photos and I was pretty sure I was on the right track because of family members resemblances. Again I found that this sister did not use FB even though she had an account. But again I sent off a mail not expecting a reply. After waiting several days I looked into her profile a bit further and lo and behold there was a phone number. What luck! Finally I got in touch with my friend through her sister. So it has been 7 years since I have been on FB and searching them but before that I have tried other ways but FB won in the end.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Last weekend I had a friend visit us and she wanted to learn a bit of felting. So I showed her how to do wet felting.
I think most of you know how to do this. It is very simple. You lay wool fibres on top of each other in layers. Each layer is laid right angles to each other. Then the layers are rubbed together with hot soapy water. This is a very simplistic explanation but if any of you are interested there are plenty of tutorials on the web how to do this
I am also taking an online class with Angela Jereski http://aforartistic.com
I haven't got very far with it yet because I have to wait for all the supplies that I had to order. It's a pity that in UK we do not have craft shops that sell all these materials under one roof. So ordering from various sources takes so long.
Friday, March 13, 2015
So here she is. She turned out ok but if I were to make her again I certainly wouldn't pose her this way. I really don't know why I made her to pose this way because I don't like this pose but can't do anything about it as I decoupaged her body so can't move the arm. As for her name well my mind is drawing a blank :-) any suggestions?
Monday, March 09, 2015
This was a long ago project that was started in Sherry Goshan's group but I fell by the way side and did not complete it. A few days back I came across it while I was searching for something. It feels like story of my life that I find things that I have long forgotten about which come to light when I am searching for something entirely different :-) I have decided that it is about time that I completed it. The doll body is a pattern by Sherry Goshan's and the head pattern is by Marie Anne of Dollmakers Journey.
I have been searching for the right fabric for her skirt and this is what I think will look good on her
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
I worked a little bit more on my canvas. I find acrylics a bit hard to work with as it is not easy to blend the colours. I think it looks a bit better now . I can still see the light brush strokes but it seems to add to the feeling of stormy weather which is what I want. Have to work on the umbrella now with paper clay. At present I have just painted it on.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Hello all I am back again. Travelling so much does sap the energy so I really have not been up to doing any doll making. Since my Santa is not going anywhere at the moment I just decided to do something different on the spur of the moment. Not sure if this is going to turn out the way I want it to but here is the begining of what I started.
I am afraid the image is not strictly original. I found this amongst some free images in the Internet that I liked so I drew roughly the outlines of the image. It is for my own use so I don't think it is going to matter much. I am doing this in mixed media. Shall see how it turns out. I am just wondering how to do the umbrella I have an idea forming. I am off to see if it works. Wish me luck.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Sorry have not posted for awhile now. Life just takes over sometimes sigh! I am back in India again for a short visit. The other day when I went near a plant I must have startled my friend Mr G. because I heard this almighty rustle and of he leaped from the bush and broke into that funny run of his.:-)
Today I saw him sunning himself but he was less perturbed by me. I guess he is getting used to seeing me around now. But he did keep a wary eye on me as I came close to take a picture. He turned his little head in all angles to see what I was up to and just sat there watching me.
My time here seems to be perpetually full of things to do but this time thankfully mum is keeping fairly well. But I do need to take her for a check up to the doctors which is bit of trek from here but it's got to be done. Weather here has been extremely pleasant for this time of the year. The day time temps are around 28 degrees and 24 in the nights and very low humidity which makes it really pleasant to go about.
My Santa clause is taking shape very slowly so Jules you are right it will be ready by next christmas :-)
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
I have been trying to make a Santa Claus but I just ran out of time plus the heads I made were not quite what I wanted it to look like. So with Christmas on top of me I just put it in the back burner. I got back to the head this week and I think I may have cracked it( apologies for the pun) I think I am liking it so what do you think does it look Santa Clauseish:-)