On the positive front, I stumbled across two wonderful blogs yesterday (thecartbeforethehorse.blogspot.com and allegromelody.blogspot.com ) that have completely turned around my view of my creative life and made me realize that my once creative spirit is still here, it's just been dormant for a while. I don't need to worry about creating masterpieces to enjoy making something.
My art dolls have been my biggest stumbling block. For years, I used basically the same construction method with a few attempts at wavering from the usual techniques. The head and extremities were attached to the body by hand stitching with transparent thread. After a while, that thread became brittle and the head sagged. Without ever having taken a course in doll making and relying on trial-and-error, even consulting books and websites, I just couldn't come up with a method to make it better. Eventually I tried another method, extending beyond just the neck to include the torso of clay. Boy, was that a headache! This thing has been through more - what's the word, versions? Renditions?
|The first ones I made a number of years ago (in my once cheery coloured studio in the old house)|
|First try adding (too much) fibers, wires and metal bits while trying to figure out the bottom half|
|Next I added some paint to the body and removed what I felt was excess junk on the wire|
|Last, I removed ALL of the fiber and spent a week adding a zillion bits of copper wire to the heavier gauge wire, painting it black, and then....nothing|
Yesterday I decided to start fresh and get practice sculpting a face, but my clay is just to crumbly. Bummer. Time to shop for new, fresh clay. Since I had free time, I Googled for ANY help on creating a stable neck using polymer clay and thus found these blogs. My first thought when I started looking through the photos on one is that I just loved the artist's style and sense of decor, reminding me a lot of the home we just sold, valences I'd made for our kitchen windows, and funky art I made about ten years ago when I made stuff for the fun of it and not to sell or be graded or reviewed. I don't know what I was going to do with this other than just test making and painting a small poofy thing. I sure succeeded in that :-)
|I made this 3" long piece about eight years ago and clearly painted it in about twelve seconds.|
|This is the little guy I made years ago as well, but assembled only recently using embroidery floss as an experiment.|