Welcome the fall season with miniature pumpkin spice soup ladled into an acorn top bowl. Can you think of a better way to celebrate the harvest? Watch the tutorial to learn how to make pumpkin, the soup, the bowls, the stools, and the miniature chalkboard menu.read more
I almost stepped on a fairy in the forest today. Shh... secret here... I actually sculpted her out of polymer clay, and it was great fun. I show you exactly how to sculpt the head of this fairy, and I've listed my tools here, so you can try it for yourself.read more
If you've ever found a dead cicada on a nature walk, and wondered what to do with it, I've got the answer for you. Make fairy wings of course! (I have a feeling you knew I was going to say that). But you don't need a dead insect. For those who are squeamish, or if you just don't have a dead cicada or dragonfly, use transparency print out of insect wings.read more
I found a little mermaid in a sea shell on the beach! (Ok, not really, but that'd be pretty cool). If you'd like to try making your own mermaid art doll, but you're not sure where to start, you really need to watch this tutorial series. This project is for both beginning and advanced doll making students. There are a few hacks you can do to make the project easier than it looks, and I go over these hacks in the video.read more
Every fairy needs a topiary tree in a magical miniature pot. Periwinkle had a topiary garden that she tended every day. Her best friend was an eccentric topiary pot named Mr. Stone (this is sounding like a strange dream). Learn how to make magical topiary trees in polymer clay pots that look like stone by watching my latest tutorial.read more
In this week's video tutorial, I take you on a fairy garden tour from the fairy's perspective. I introduce you to my favorite fairy garden plants, I touch on how to make your own fairy garden accessories, and to finish, I go over how to make a fairy garden.read more
Of all the trees in the enchanted field, there was one that was more magical than most. Have you ever wanted to make a fairy door for a tree in the garden? This video tutorial explains how to make a fairy door with natural materials and polymer clay. Enjoy!read more
If you're inspired by nature and you love the feel of clay in your hands, you'll want to check out this polymer clay fairy necklace video tutorial. Use the techniques explained in the video for all kinds of different faux stone polymer clay jewelry designs.read more
Have you ever looked at an acorn and wondered what you could make out of it? I think this very thought a lot. It's probably a very strange thing to think so often, but I wouldn't know how strange since I'm so used to me. Let's get busy and make an acorn tea set. While we're at it, let's make some miniature chocolate cookies and set them on little leaf plates. Get out your acorns and your polymer clay.read more
I found a lonely candle holder at a thrift store and I had a teapot without a lid, so it made perfect sense to combine them with a little glue and, voila, the beginning of a fairy garden. Then I made a fairy house out of polymer clay to fit into my teapot without a lid. I made a little video about how I made the polymer clay fairy house and I listed the supplies below. Hope you like! :)read more
There is are muggle mushrooms, then there are also magical mushrooms. Learn how to make both types of toadstool mushrooms for your fairy garden. If you don't have mushrooms in your fairy garden display, you're seriously slacking off.
This tutorial is strong with nonsense, so I hope you'll check it out.read more
If only my house plant had a little fairy love seat, the fairies could tip-toe through the mossy brush and sit on the little seat, stare into each other's eyes, and fall in love. And so I envisioned fairy furniture featuring sculpted heads, a fairy man and a fairy woman, with closed eyes, one dreaming of the other.read more
Doll makers need to know a little of a lot of different subjects. We need to know how to sculpt our clay to make our dolls, of course, but we also need to know how to sew to make doll clothes. But on top of that, we should know some fashion history so we can better our doll dress designs, especially if we're making fairy tale dolls.
With that in mind, I hope you enjoy this little video I put together about the history of the hoop skirt. This info is for doll makers, for sure, but anyone interested in fashion or history should get a kick out of it as well.
I made a little video for ya'll about how I go about painting faces for my dolls, and a little doll painting tutorial to go with it. I use genesis heat set paints since they dry when I want them too (that was always why I liked painting in oils years ago). Hope you enjoy!read more
The Basics of Sculpting a Doll Head
I like to start with a tin foil ball, basically the doll "brains", and then wrap a thin layer of clay on that and bake it. This creates a "skull", of sorts, which makes everything else easier. I put a new layer of clay over the baked ball, which you might call the "skin", and then I get to work sculpting.read more
I love hands because they are so expressive. I hate hands because they are so difficult to sculpt. I have a love-hate relationship with my little hand sculptures that I create.read more
What does OOAK mean? The acronym stands for "one-of-a-kind" and is often used when describing a handmade art doll that is so unique there is no other just like it. When I sculpt a doll, I know there is no other like it because I started from a lump of clay, and I sculpt until I am holding what I envisioned in my head.read more
Well, I decided I'm going to write weekly on this here 'lil blog and its going to be my art diary. You're going to get the nitty gritty artist life here. The daily art grind: the distractions, the distortions, the ding batty ideas, and maybe some where between all that you'll find something of value, something you're looking for.read more
There she is, a very sad mermaid. Poor thing. She is so sad because her sister grew legs and frolicked about on dry land, of all places, love struck for some human she hardly met.read more
I plan to write and illustratate three of my favorite fairy tales in a way children can better enjoy them. So here are the three tales (drum roll please): Anderson's Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid, and, Alice in Wonderland.read more
Look over my shoulder in this video to quickly learn how to make fairy furniture from twigs. Below the video you will find a detailed supply list that I hope you find handy as you prepare to make your own little work of art.read more
Here she is, almost done. I will be creating an encaustic shadow box for her, which will take quite a bit of time, so unfortuately I can't call her complete just yet.read more
I've completed the sculpting and a bit of the painting on this little mermaid. I'm not even going to mention how long that hand took me. She will be submerged in resin, which will have the appearance of water. And, not to fear, the eyes will have pupils...read more
I'm in the process of creating ball jointed dolls to star in my picture book series. The two second summary of my book series would go something like this... Alice is old and recalls Wonderland for us in her scrapbook. From left to right, here are the sculpted, and obviously undone, heads of young Alice, the Queen of Hearts, and Alice's older sister.