Rescuing Creations

I have a very hard time giving up on creations.   
Here are three in process that I feel need help:


The doll on the left I wasn't happy with even though I had put stockinette over the sculpted head.  So I decided to add another layer of clay and then painted her again.  I like the sculpt much better, but I'm still not satisfied with the painting.  The base coat I used for her skin was too dark and it was hard to glaze variations in.  There are some bumps I can't sand out so will need to add more clay for smoothing around the shoulder plate and then will add  stockinette on top of this sculpt and repaint.   Burnt umber and burnt sienna and black in artist acrylics have a weird surface texture when they dry. I like paints to have a more matte appearance for folk art dolls. 

The creation below was supposed to be for the Christmas Doll Shower we did in the Maida Dolls Group, but the paint was too thick and funky.   I will either use this doll as a base for paperclay, over cloth or I will cover this head with stockinette and repaint.  


This is what I'll be doing 
after Christmas during winter break.  :-)

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now you know there may be
the spirit of two or three creations
inside the final result. 

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Robin's Egg Bleu said...

I can't think of a better way to spend winter break! Looking forward to seeing them, all your dolls are so special!

Unknown said...

Oh my, wow, I guess I don't feel bad about doing something with my dolls who are waiting for me to get off the proverbial pot! I have them gessoed from the original Izannah Workshop...I just cannot wrap my mind around this. One is supposed to be a brown doll...hah, I do have the colors you mentioned, but this whole process scares me ... guess seeing that you do have your problems gives me courage to start. We'll see.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Town Common Folk Art Dolls by Penni Sadlon said...

Thank you for sharing. I especially like the last doll. Cloth face and painted? I just love her face. So different too. I'd just dress her and let her find a new home. She looks authentically antique (my favorites!)
Merry Christmas!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, I agree with Town Common Folk Art, she is lovely and softly worn to look antique.All of your work is painstakingly done to perfection. I think you are too hard on yourself!
I was wondering what you mean by stockinette, is it something anyone can get? Also, do you prefer dolls made with it, or the paperclay sculpted faces?

Dixie Redmond said...

Susan - stockinette is a knit fabric that was used in the 1800's. The nearest that we have is t-shirt material with a slight rib to it. 100% cotton is best.

I like the texture and finish the knit fabric glued over the paperclay gives. It adds another textural interest. BUT sometimes I like just painting on the paperclay.

Thanks for your comments, everyone!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, again. Dixie, can you still sign up for the
Izannah Walker Workshop anytime even though it's the Fall Workshop?
Warm Regards,

Dixie Redmond said...

Hi, Susan -

Anyone can join in the workshop between now and June of 2011. Since it is self-paced, there is no need to wait or worry about missing a segment. All the members in the group are great and willing to help out any new people at any time. And of course, I'm there to answer questions as well.

Thanks for asking!

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden