The Old Wise Woman in Progress ~ Art Dolls

Bit by bit my first doll is coming together.  I am not sure if I will be able to part with her.  She may have to sit on my mantle to motivate me to keep going and practicing.

Her head is complete and just needs to go into the hair studio for a new do.  I am not sure if she likes being bald.  Although with that serene expression you never know.  But she will get a full head of hair.

mummi-head.jpgHer body is almost ready and just waiting for hands and feet.  The feet will be a bit easier as she will be wearing boots.  The hands are another story.  So how to I learn to make great hands.  Practice, practice, practice.

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I am quite happy with the body since this is the first time I have every attempted a soft body sculpture doll.  Sorry she looks a bit like a voodoo doll.  Once her head is attached and we have hands I think she will look a bit more human

Stay tuned as we progress with this my first soft-bodied doll with clay hands, head and feet/boots.

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Art Dolls of Every Kind

Finally have a bit of time to sit down and write about what has been going on in my studio.  I have been working on a few new Swedish Gnomes, a new line of “Old Wise Woman” dolls and figures.  But what has been taking up most of my studio time is learning how to sculpt faces, hands and feet from polymer clay.  Wow, I didn’t think I could have this much fun with sculpting.  Lots of hours spent learning and refining.  Lots of ripping those poor heads apart and starting all over again.

Here are a few pictures so you can see what I have been up to for the past little while.

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This was a special order and the first in the Mummi line.  Mummi is an informal Finnish word for grandmother.  These dolls and figures represent the Wise Woman in our lives and in ourselves.

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Slowly getting the hang of sculpting heads.  Lots of refining still to do but having a great time learning this new skill.

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And finally one of the new Swedish Gnomes for 2018.  These chubby little guys are now available on my website.

Mummi’s will be added in February.  Those wonderful dolls will be later this year.

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Happy New Year to everyone.

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My little Swedish Gnome

I have always wanted to bring my little gnomes to life on the page but have been fearful of working on paper again.  It has been a long time since I have sketched on paper.  So 2018 I will step outside my comfort zone and start sketching my gnomes and see where this will lead me.

I found my old sketchbooks, watercolours and colour pencils.  Now I just have to put my fear monster back in the closet and have some fun.

Here are a few beginnings.

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Hearts, hearts, hearts

I have been experimenting with some other colours of these hearts inspired by the Swedish paper hearts at Christmas.  The first one I designed is this handpainted green and blue on bronze clay.  The colours of the land and sea as I good friend commented when she saw the pendant.

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Here is the process with red and purple clay.  First the clay heart, next the eyepin for the bail.

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Mark in the lines.

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Colour with pearl ex powder, the add 5 to 6 layers of liquid polymer clay over the powder.

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At first I thought about going for purple and pewter but in the end switched the liquid clay over to a bright red.  I am really happy with how they turned out.

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Now for sanding and buffing later this week.  Hope to have to experiment with a few more colour combinations before the Christmas markets.

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Hand painted Butterfly pendants

I have been playing around with butterfly pendant ideas since I started making polymer clay jewelry after years of making fun little animal figurines.  The lines are drawn in free hand.  Then I decide on the colours.  Each section is painted with PearlEx Powder then 5 layers of coloured Liquid Polymer Clay is added on top.

Now just curing, sanding and buffing.  Will post an complete picture once this is ready.  I am quite happy with how this had turned out.  Will work on another one that is a bit larger so I have a more room to try to add more colour.  I hope to get a few more made for both the website and the upcoming Christmas craft fairs in November in and around Cranbrook.

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How to handle a troll

Handling a troll

After the last few weeks of insanity that is my life I thought it was time to escape while she was selling her stuff at the Cranbrook Farmers Market.  I had 4 hours to plan and implement my strategy.  I figured I would be safe.  I figured wrong.

I had made it out through the hole in the screen door and carefully slid along the side of the house, stopping when I heard a noise in the flower beds.

Meet her first line of defence.  An army of trolls and other creatures protecting the perimeter of the house.  Okay.  Yes. They may look innocent enough but do not be deceived by their size.  Especially the rock troll on the right.  Trolls may not be that bright but they are almost always unfriendly.

The trio of mushroom heads in the back row whistled in three part harmony and the next thing I know I am confronted with these 2 crazed “Vikings”.

Erik the Red spoke first, “and where do you think you’re going?”

“Just out for a morning stroll.  Filling these old lungs with some fresh mountain air,” I replied, backing away from the two of them.

Knut the Great chimed in, madly waving his shovel around narrowly missing my new hat, “not thinking of going anywhere are you?”

“No, of course not.  Now why would I want to do that.  I love it here.  Things couldn’t be better.”  I turned, slid back along the outside wall and crawled through the hole in the screen door.

Signed a displaced Swedish Tomte with no name.

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My First Road Trip

“I know you’ll feel a lot better if you just come for a ride.  Who doesn’t love a parade?”

Me, that’s who.  So once again I am forced to spend a day in the life of a crazy Canuck.  This is me on the dashboard hurtling down a country road at top speeds. That dull humming sound you hear are my muffled screams.

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“We are taking you to Cranbrook’s annual Sam Steele Days celebration.  Plus, it’s a great warm up to Canada’s 150th birthday party.”

Ha-a-a.  150 years.  That’s nothing.  I lost count when I hit 200 years of age.  Stopped celebrating the passage of time right about then.  Too many candles.  Too many trees.  However, I may not see not see 300 if I cannot escape.

She tries to appease me with her interpretation of a Swedish Fika**  Where’s the cake?

IMG_01261My second humiliation of the day is posing with her country’s flag.  Do I look like I belong?

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Wait.  Things are looking up. Look at those colours.  Remind anyone of a country’s flag.

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Then I recognized something.  If you look very closely over my right shoulder there is a slightly out of focus Viking.  Have they invaded Canada?  Are they here to celebrate?  Are they here to take me home?

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I was finally at ease until I turned around and saw this.  I think one of them is looking right at me.  I must take cover.

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Ahh refuge in the top of the big Dane’s hat.  Here I will stay until I am safely back home.

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Signed a displaced Swedish Tomte with no name.

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**Fika is coffee and sweets to be enjoyed with friends.