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"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." ~ Georgia O'Keeffe


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Life happened

Some of you might be wondering what happened to my promises of keeping up with blogs and do a regular post. Well like it happens to many people life happened to me too. On Easter Day my husband was called for a kidney transplant. Although it was on the cards one is never fully prepared for these sort of things and it came as a bit of a shock. We were in Malta for the Easter Weekend and had to cut short our break and return immediately.  From then on everything happened so fast and like a dream. My husband was given a new lease of life. I truely believe that this is a miracle by God. My husband's kidney has been working only 20% since the 1st transplant and life has been quite a struggle for him. They said the 1 st kidney would last only ten years but it lasted nearly 21 years which in itself was a miracle. However for the past few years we have been living on a knife's edge expecting the kidney to give up anytime. Then the week before Easter his blood results were so bad that our doctor said he will have to put my husband on the transplant list. I was very apprehensive of going abroad with all this but we went. His name went on the list on Wednesday and he was called for the transplant on Easter Day. What a wonderful Easter  gift it has been.  He was not only called so soon but the match has been great and he is doing well so far. After waiting for 7 years for the first one this really is a miracle to get one so quickly and a perfect match at that. I will be out of action for a bit until everything settles at home. My doll has gone onto the back burner for the moment. Please know that I shall come back to visit your blogs once life settles down a bit.
Until then keep creating and enjoy your time doing all the lovely things there is to do in life.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Face painted

I never do faces with acrylics but there is a first time for everything. As I said before this was not easy to paint because the background was a dark canvas. I know many people who do some lovely faces on a dark background and admire their work. So I thought I would give it a try. I used this magazine that I got sometime ago as a reference base. I got the magazine purely for this reason as I think the photographer has captured this model's face beautifully. I know a lot of it must be enhanced as they usually do with these pictures but I still think it is beautifully done and a nice picture for reference to paint dark faces.
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This is what I did not exactly wonderful and I don't know why she has got a very stubborn expression on her face I think๐Ÿ˜€. I just could not get her to smile!
 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Colour change

she changes colour yet again. I think I will use this colour. Painting her face is going to be tricky but let's see how she turns out.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Making something new out of old

Years ago when I was teaching cloth dollmaking in India I stitched up some doll bodies for my first classes so that I could initiate ladies into the world of dollmaking. I did this because I found that most of the women who came to learn did not know how to sew. So to make things easier for me and less stressful for the students I thought would first let them learn to stuff and make the body up. Later on they did progress on to learning how to sew. Anyway while clearing up some things in India I found several of these stitched doll bodies. So I decided to give them to the ladies in my doll club and asked them to make up the doll as a challenge. I am looking forward to seeing what each one comes up with.  So I too decided to make up one . I started with the face painting first. I did not like it much so decided to do something else. Now it is all painted white and I have to put my thinking cap to see what I can do. I think I will go for a dark shade of colouring and take it from there. The doll pattern is on the blog if you want to download it. Now  because either the weave of the fabric is a bit lose or I did not stitch these bodies properly the limbs have a tendency to turn a bit to one side. Painting the doll body helped the limbs to be straight a bit.  So let's see how she turns out.
The first picture is when I painted the face but that soon got covered with white paint.๐Ÿ˜€
 
 

I still have a few bodies left so if anyone of you is interested I can send it to you. Just leave a comment in the box to say you would like one set. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fushia

 
Well I am back and my doll is completed at last. I managed to repair her wrists but she might develope arthritis in her old age ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€.
I could not get rid of the Barbie look perhaps I should not have used the Barbie hair on her. When I look at her picture I can see all sorts of things that are wrong with her but it has been a huge learning curve for me with paperclay sculpt. I really liked her when she was not painted. Maybe I will make one that won't be painted another time.
I shall come and visit your blogs soon. I have neglected everyone far too long.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Popping in

 

I have not been blogging and my doll project is at a standstill. The reason being I am visiting my mum who had had a mild heart attack month ago.  I just came to see her and heard she was admitted in hospital. Found her haemoglobin had dropped However she recovered from it and was sent home but within a week she was back in hospital with the same problem. So they are keeping her in hospital to find out where she is haemorrhaging from. Unfortunately due to her age they do not have many options and cannot do many intrusive investigations. At present she is doing ok hope she will recover fully. She is very weak and needs someone with her all the time even though she is still able to walk slowly. 
While she is dosing I drew this pretty leaf that I saw from memory with water colour pencils. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Disaster strikes

It was all coming on nicely and I thought end was in sight. I even mutilated an old doll that I made when I first started making doll.

 

I ripped off the hair she had on her to reuse it on my Fushia
 

But then disaster struck. She fell forward while I was doing her wig and fractured her wrists and fingers.☹️
 
So I am back to square one. I am not sure if my remedial work will work but I am trying. Her wrists are no longer the delicate looking wrists but let's see. I have not given up completely yet. I worked on her hands today. Now I will have to leave her till I get back from visiting my mum. Goodness I do have butter fingers sometimes!
 

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Started the fun bit

I have started the fun bit of my doll making process. I am sorry I am not being a tease but I purposely left out the fac in this picture because I think i have not painted her face well. Her face reminds me of Barbie doll and I don't like it. I was wanting her to look different. I will have to repainted her eyes as I think I have messed it up a bit. This is the colour scheme I am doing. The fabric is not exactly the colour of the Fushia I have but it looks so much better than the other colours that are closer to the flower. Still a long way to go and I am having fun even though it is slow going. 
    
 


Thursday, January 26, 2017

More drying time

This is where I am now with my doll. Still a little more sculpting and sanding to do and then I come to the fun part painting!



 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Drying time

I have been working on the body and it is drying time again. My hands want to get on with the sanding but I have to wait patiently. In the meantime I finished the head but dropped it once and flattened the nose a bit but thank goodness not too much that I could not remedy it. 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wrong proportion

At last I almost finished sculpting the head of the doll but found that the proportion of the head turned out a bit bigger than I thought. So now I have to change the body a bit. Don't know if I will succeed but I will try. If it is all not in proportion then I will just think it is a whimsical doll so anything goes and be content with that and put it down to learning curve. I wish I had sculpted the head first and then the body. I forgot that the head gets a bit bigger because we have to add all that clay to sculpt. Anyway here is a partly finished head. Still got some work to do on it. I watched a video on sculpting by a Ukrainian doll artist called Annadan and you can see her work here http://annadan-doll.blogspot.com/  They are beautiful.  I followed her method even though she was talking in Russian and I could not understand what she was saying but just by looking at what she was doing I sort of did it. Her doll's are big compared to mine so I found it a challenge to do such a small face. My doll head is only about 2 inches long. Next time I know that I have to first sculpt the head and then the body ๐Ÿ˜€

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Waiting is not fun

The most frustrating part about paper clay is that one has to wait for it to dry then sand and add more clay then wait again. You may have to do this again and again until you get the desired shape. I am back to creating my paper clay doll and yes it is slowly coming together but it's taking time and I am so impatient with sanding and drying๐Ÿ˜€. In the meantime another lady is knocking at the door to come out๐Ÿ˜€.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Some bargains

I got these velvet ribbons and some cording in the sale. I didn't have these colours and the size is also perfect size for dolls so I am pleased with my buy. The fabric I got more than a metre as that was the last bit on the roll and they just gave it all for the half metre price since I had wanted only half metre.
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I know what I am going to use those green ribbons for. I have an idea let's hope it will work. The magenta cording I bought for hopefully the future doll from the recent sketch.๐Ÿ˜€

Thursday, January 05, 2017

First things first

I have to apologise for not visiting blogs lately. After Christmas and New Year things have got very hectic. Just when I thought things were settling down I had bad news yesterday that mum was admitted in hospital. She had a heart attack. It was a mild attack but because of her age we were very concerned. At one point I thought of taking the next flight to India but my brother asked me not to rush it but to wait for few more hours. Finally late last night they said that she was responding to treatment and was stable. This morning I got to speak to her and she sounds ok but weak. Many prayers have been going out for her and I am so grateful for them. 

The other day while having a cup of tea I was staring at the Christmas tree so my husband asked me what I was staring at. I said to him I think I see a doll at that spot and pointed the spot to him. He looked then looked at me as though I had gone a bit crazy and said I don't see anything. He said he could only see a couple of ornaments so I said that's it both together look like a doll. He said that I had a weird imagination as he still could not see a doll๐Ÿ˜€. So I quickly drew this on a sheet of paper and asked him if he now saw it? So he looked at the drawing and the ornaments and said oh yes now I see a figure๐Ÿ˜€. Then he said I still had a weird imagination ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
So here is the very rough sketch that I drew. Maybe I will make a doll out of it after all.
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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy and Bliss

Let me first wish you all a very Happy New Year. Hope your year has started with wonderful things to look forward to.
Here is my new doll for the new year. She has two personalities one is Happy and the other is Bliss. She is designed to make any dollmaker happy and blissful while she is creating her dolls. Hope you will be able to view her here. Ok this is not working so I will just add the pictures . I was trying to post a video but it did not work so here she is. The doll with two personalities

This is Happy

 
This is Bliss.
Hope you like her.

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