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    Miniature Pumpkin Soup

    Pumpkin soup garden sceneWelcome 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. 

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    DIY Fairy Art Doll

    fairy art dollI 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.   

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    DIY Fairy Wings for Dolls or Jewelry

    fairy wings from insect wingsIf 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.

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    DIY Mermaid Art Doll

    Mermaid in a shellI 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.

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    Miniature Topiary for a Fairy

    periwinkle's topiary tutorialEvery 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.

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    DIY Fairy Garden Ideas

    fairy garden ground coverIn 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.

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    How to Make a Fairy Door

    Fairy Door for a Fairy Garden 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!

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    DIY Stone Fairy Necklace

    stone fairy necklaceIf 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.

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    DIY Acorn Tea Set

    acorn tea setHave 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.   

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    Polymer Clay Fairy House

    polymer clay fairy houseI 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! :)

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    Muggle & Magical Mushrooms

    Toadstool mushroom art dollThere 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.

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    DIY Rocks & Clay Fairy Furniture

     

    fairy garden benchIf 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.

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    Doll Makers Need Fashion History

    Elizabeth_I_Unknown_Artist_British_School_c__1600Doll 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.

     

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    How to Paint a Doll's Face

    OOAK Teacup FairyI 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!

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    On Sculpting a Doll Head

     

    Doll Head Armature

    Doll Head Armature

    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.

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    What it Takes to Sculpt Hands in Clay

    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.

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    What Does OOAK Mean on Etsy & Ebay?

    What does OOAK mean? Think snowflakes; similar but each so unique.

    OOAK snowflakes; similar but each so unique.

    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.

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    My Weekly Distracted Art Diary

    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.

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    The Little Mermaid's Sad Sisters

    The Little Mermaid's Sad Sister

    My sculpt of The Little Mermaid's sad sister

    Sad sisters

    Sketch of the mermaids coming up from the water.

    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.

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    Dreaming of Dolls, Miniatures, and Fairy Tales

    Queen of Hearts Progress

    Progress on the Queen of Hearts

    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.

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    How to Make Fairy Furniture from Twigs

    leafy benchLook 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.

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    "Mermaid Bath" is Nearing Completion

    OOAK mermaid art doll

    OOAK mermaid art doll

    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.

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    Mermaid to Be

    Mermaid to beI'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...

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    Off With Their Heads

    imageI'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.

     

     

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