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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Another Contest from ArtDolls.Com - Steampunk Ball Jointed Doll

I am having such a great time working through the ArtDolls.Com contests. The current one is a simple ball jointed doll. If you are interested in joining in on the fun here is a link to the contest kit.

I have never made a ball jointed doll before. Until this week I did not think I was skilled enough to do it, however, joining this contest has changed that.

Here is the start of my ball jointed doll.

Head

Head sitting on torso
 
 Head and Torso

The contest is for a simple ball-jointed doll dressed in Steampunk fashion. The video demonstrates sculpting a much younger and smaller doll than what I am creating but I am utilizing the same techniques so I should be OK. 

I don't sculpt child like dolls and since this sweet girl wanted to be here I just went with it. I will be working on her arms, legs, hands and feet this week. She is due before September 15th as is the Art Doll Quarterly entry for their Age of Aquarius challenge which I am also working on. 

This has been an exciting project for me. I tend to procrastinate when I am unsure of something but in the very beginning of the videos that go along with this contest Arpyl Jensen tells you to take it one step at a time. You focus on one part of the doll, for instance, it isn't overwhelming to sculpt a single leg. Then you focus on the next, then the next until you have a complete doll. So I sat down and sculpted her head, then I moved on to her torso. Next I'll do her legs... I am thrilled with how she is turning out and I am really looking forward to costuming her. I love the Steampunk style and had so many ideas I may need to make friend for her so I can do more than one costume!

Another new process I will be experimenting with on this doll is blushing and painting with the Genesis heat set paints. I've seen them used. I have them, but I've never used them, so with this doll I will be using them which is why she has no color on her face.

Once again I have to say... seek out challenges for your art. Try something that scares you. Your skills will grow by leaps and bounds.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Published!

My doll Punk Rock Girl has been published. I cannot tell you how amazing it feels to have one of my dolls in this magazine.

Here she is
Punk Rock Girl

A tribute to Debbie Harry of Blondie

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Art Dolls Tiny Elfin Doll Contest

As you know I entered a doll into the ArtDolls.com Tiny Elfin Doll Contest. They had 2 different ways to win, judge's choice and people's choice. I WON people's choice. I am so excited.

Not only did I win 6 bars of ProSculpt clay (my favorite for dolls) I also won registration for one of Jack Johnston's or Apryl Jensen's sculpting classes.

I am so excited! I have always wanted to take a class from both of them. Now I get to.

Here is the doll that won:

She is such a cutie.


Here is her sister

Regardless of the medium you work in, I highly recommend seeking out contests and challenges. The contests I have entered have improved my skills. You never know how far you can go until you start to try things you have never done.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bowl Swap

I am taking part in the 2017 Polymer Clay Adveture. Learning fun things and just making time to play with clay.

This month I joined a bowl swap. I'd never made a polymer bowl before but I had seen some amazing ones.


Here is the bowl I am sending in for the swap. (I made 3 of these cuties). They are about 2.5 inches wide and have 3 feet.


Here is another one I made using the same clay cane. I would have sent these but I ran out of the cane.

I have so many ideas for clay bowls now! These are decorative bowls, not for use with food. I am thinking rings, change, just for fun... I will definitely be making more.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2017 Piggy Bank Challenge




Val's Quilting Studio



So while reading through the blogs I follow I saw a post about a piggy bank challenge and had to check it out. It is geared towards quilters but I am so in!


Here is a link to the information about the challenge. It is being hosted by Val's Quilting Studio. You have until August 1st to join in on the fun.
Here are the rules:
  1. Create a post this week sharing your "piggy bank".
  2. Include your goal of what you'd like to purchase with your savings come this time next year.
  3. Include the linky button (available on this post)  to help spread the word to all your followers. 
  4. Return and link your post here anytime this week until August 1st.
  5. Start "penny pinching". (Coins and bills are allowed)
  6. Next year we'll  all empty our piggy banks on July 6th and create a post exclaiming our totals, share what quilty(or sculpting in my case) purchase we're going to make and link up once again to celebrate! (Don't worry, She will send emails to all who link up this week with reminders.)

Darth Tater



**UPDATE** Here is my piggy bank. He already has $26 in his feet. I counted it before I put my change from the day in there. I really hope to fill him. That is my goal!

I love this idea. Saving change throughout the year is something I have done randomly. This time I will be intentional about it.


My goal for the challenge is to be purchase additional colors of Tibetan Lamb hair as well and some fun fabrics, ribbons and laces to add to my stash. I'll use this money to splurge on some that I would normally shy away from due to the price. This will be my splurge fund.

Another Wee Doll

I had so much fun making the first tiny elfin doll for the Art Dolls Tiny Dolls contest that I had to make her a friend(or two).






I am going to add glittery shoes and some type of ornament in her hair to finish her.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Just a Wee Doll

I've been sculpting a lot lately. Eventually I will be updating my 2017 PC Challenge album but for today I am going to share the Tiny Elfin Doll I made for the Jack Johnston Art Dolls Tiny Elfin Doll Contest. This particular contest is based on Linda Lyons adorable dolls. Here is a link to the contest page and here is a link to Linda's Artwork.


I have been having such fun creating dolls for contests and challenges. I've found that if I have a deadline I am much more likely to finish a doll. Soooo, challenges and contests will be entered :)


Here is a picture of the first doll I made for the contest. The pictures are not the best but I think she is cute.





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