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DIY Mermaid Art Doll

DIY Mermaid Art Doll

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.

panniers hoop skirt

Doll Makers Need Fashion History

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.

How to Paint a Doll’s Face

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!

On Sculpting a Doll Head

  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 […]

What Does OOAK Mean on Etsy & Ebay?

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 […]

Off With Their Heads

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, […]