I have had an a most artful weekend. As I mentioned in my last posting I have been taking Jane Des Rosier's Clay and Cloth Doll on-line class. My experience with working clay is minimal so this class seemed to be ideal for my novice hands.
This is my first attempt in sculpting a face for my wee dollie. It took me some time getting use to the idea of building up vs. the process of carving out. The mediums I usually work with give me some indication of the progress of the final outcomethrough out the process. With clay, the indicator is not as defined until the final stages of paint or at least, this was the case in my experience.
I could see the immediate flaws once I took to the brush and paint, which gave me incredible insight in what I did wrong and what I need to be remember the next time I work with clay. Fortunately, I think the unevenness of her features give her a worn and vintage look as if she has been around for some time and had a hard lot.
When Maija told me of this class, she warned doll making is extremely addictive. She was right! I started a new doll yesterday afternoon. Here is my second doll currently outside with base coast drying.
While I waited for the second dollie's clay to dry, I found myself making grungy stenciled envelopes for future use,
wrapped some fabric up for passive dying ala rust.
made this milagro for a good friend,
and wrote this post.
Now I must go attend to the pedestrian and humdrum tasks of day to day, which I have been ignoring so I can play.
Wishing you all a very happy and artful week!