Monday, October 22, 2012

I found my niche!

Since becoming a stay-at-home mom I have been able to tap into those creative genes that my parents blessed me with.  I have always loved art and have tried many things.  My first love was photography and to this day I usually have my camera with me wherever I go.  Some of my other artistic endeavors have included sewing, beading and jewelry making, painting (acrylics and watercolors), cake decorating, clay work, quilting, knitting, wood burning, soldering, quilling, ATC's and I'm sure there's more I can't think of at the moment. 

So when I say I've found my niche I can hear some of you laughing because I have never been one to stay with something for very long.


I love the definition Wikipedia gives:
Art dolls are dolls created by artists and intended as expressive and unique art objects rather than children's toys. Art dolls made by professional artists may be considered fine art. Made using a wide variety of styles and media, some are abstract or tribal, while others are incredibly realistic. They range from dolls with pre-manufactured parts to being wholly fabricated by the artist or sculptor. The term "art dolls" usually refers to human-like dolls, but not always. Art dolls can depict animals, mythical creatures, or abstract beings.

You can read more about art dolls here: As defined in Wikipedia

I have found that I can combine all of my artistic talents into an art doll.  I can use whatever medium I desire for the body, I can sew until my heart is content, I can paint, I can play with clay, the list just goes on and on.  Plus I can create whatever kind of creature I want.  If I want a cat-mermaid I can do it.  I love this expression of art because it challenges my mind every day.  I have three in the works right now but the closest one to being finished is my pumpkin-jester-juggler.  Stay tuned, pictures to come!

"Those cookies do not look appetizing!"  Says my husband when he sees me putting these onto the tray...
These are actually celuclay heads drying on my deck.  I only have plans for the biggest one right now.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

AIR Barbie

You all have heard me talk about Swap-bot on here.  When I'm finding groups to join I usually look at the persons profile with whom I've swapped with before and see what groups they're in.  If we have the same interests chances are I will join the groups that they are in.

A few weeks ago I found a group called Altered Barbies.  FUN!!  In this group the coordinator has set up swaps to alter Barbie to represent the elements like fire, wind and the current one is Air.  How would you design a Barbie to represent air?

The first thing I thought was that trees and flowers need air to live.  So I found a Barbie:
And because this Barbie was a ballerina with jointed limbs I had to figure out how to stabilize them.  The closest thing I had was masking tape so I taped her up.  At this point I thought I may put a skirt on her and you won't see the tape but my ideas come as I'm creating, I'm not one to sit down and sketch something first:
Then I base coated her with primer:

Now I have a blank canvas to work with.  I popped her head back on then painted the sky on her entire body.  I added a tree going up one leg and flowers "growing" up the other leg.  I didn't want the tree to be the main focus plus I hadn't done anything with her hair yet.
I wanted the hair to be the main focus because, after all, I'm trying to represent "air".  So I took down her ponytail and decided paint would be good:

(this picture is a little light)
This was my sky without clouds AND this is my sky with clouds:
I still didn't like the tree so I found three different shades of green fabric and cut leaves to put on my tree and I also put rhinestones in the flowers

Front of her legs:

Back of her legs and torso:

I will probably add more pictures in the next few days.  It has been raining here all day so I couldn't go outside and take pictures of her.  I hope my swap partner likes it!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Zentangle Barbie

I don't think I'm quite finished with her yet, she needs something else on her dress and more paint on her legs, but this is my second altered Barbie: Zentangle Barbie

Before Picture:  (Again I got so excited about her I jumped right into it without taking a before "body shot" picture, but this was her face)
I may color a few more of her braids black also.  For the braids I dipped the ends in Elmer's glue to make them stiff and pointy.  The black braids were dipped in black acrylic paint.

Her dress is tied with black lace which you see hanging down in front of her painted legs.

Acorn Barbie

My newest artistic endeavor?  Altered dolls!  I find played with and loved dolls (Barbie and the like) and give them a whole new look.  If you'd like to donate to the cause that would be great.  You won't be finding these in your local toy store any time soon.
Notice the heads in the front of the picture.  During the creative process it gets a little ugly with headless Barbies being spray painted and hung up to dry in the garage but in the end all legs and arms find their way back to their rightful owner.  Well at least for now.

I got so excited about jumping into this that I forgot to take a "before" picture of my first one.  This was the stage that I remembered to take the picture:
Anyway, from now on I will document them from beginning to end.  This was my first altered Barbie and I aptly named her Acorn Barbie:

I love her and she's mine all mine!