Sunday, March 10, 2013

Class Discount

I've just made arrangments that if you sign up for Bits and Bobs before it begins on
Doll Street March 14th you can save $5!

See you on the Street!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bits and Bobs

Do you ever wish you had just the right embellishment on hand in just the right color and size?  Do you ever wish you could get just one or two of some little do-dad instead of buying a pack of eight in the stores?  Join instructor Judy Skeel and learn to make an assortment of paper, fiber, ribbon and mixed media embellishments at home from your basic stash of supplies to compliment your art projects and save you some pennies in the process.
Any style can be incorporated, from country to Victorian, modern to Steampunk, or even Gothic.  Whatever the project there is always a way to create an embellishment to dress it up just a little bit more!

We’ll toss in some beads and sparkles, and a little clay, but most of all ingenuity. Student’s brains will be buzzing to come up with even more spectacular creations of their own in this workshop!  The projects taught in this workshop could all easily be used in a broad variety of art ventures such as paper and fabric journals, creative quilting, needlework, mixed media pieces and dollmaking, just to name a few.
Bits and Bobs begins March 14th at Doll Street.
This class for artists of all skill levels will teach the basics of portrait painting from an outline, as well as how to draw your own figure, so students not comfortable with free hand drawing Lady Z can simply trace her and those students that are paint brush challenged may choose to simply “color her in.”

Students will learn layering techniques on canvas board incorporating pen and ink, colored pencil, Golden Fluid Acrylics and textured papers. Embellishment fine details include Swarovski crystals in her neck wear and gold leafing on her collar as well as flowers both two and three dimensional to create her serene garden.

Even if you’ve never painted before you can do this workshop as all techniques will be described and photographed step by step. If you’ve never created a layered collage background with texture before, come and play! If you already know the joys of mixed media join us to incorporate doodles and create a dimensional garden. 

Join this workshop on line at Joggles.

Join me for another canvas based 3-Dimension Mixed Media Art Creation! Begin by creating a beautiful night sky including stars that actually twinkle and then build your own crescent moon, complete with texture and craters.  Using paper clay students will learn to sculpt a whimsical moon face, and finish the moon with color and glow.  There has to be Moon Glow!

The sweet little 7 inch faerie seated on the moon begins with a poseable wire armature, is constructed of paper clay with minimal details, and sculpted facial details are optional, though basic sculpting will be taught. After painting our Sweet Fae, we’ll dress her in silk we have hand dye in class. Finally we create her organza and wire wings just before seating her with her best friend and a book to read to him. The class is running on Doll Street.
I've been trying to decide what my next pattern might be and came across some old projects. Above is the Enchantress, who sat on a throne and read Tarrot cards. I love the tattoos on her face and breast.  She had a great deal of beadwork on her pigskin corsette and hand dyed silk.
 Carlotta has a beautiful headdress created from hand dyed lace.  She was a Cirque du Soliel type deal dangling from a silk sheet.  She was loads of fun to make but probably to challenging to get across asa pattern with her pose.
 My cloth Marrottes all had large noses and my typical eccentric and eclectic headdress designs. I initially wanted to go medieval in design but got creative so call the costuming ecclectic.  No one can say I have the style wrong that way!
The Ribbon Master took third place in the Hoffman challenge a few years back.  He's got a wimple and layered ribbon headdress but what you can't see here is his fabulous coat and embroidered silk Shirt.  The Master is a variation of my Wee Whimsies.
 Master Ferryman was inspired while watching "Shakespear in Love."  His costuming is ecclectic Elizabethan made of a free motion embroidery jacket, velvet hat and leather shoes. He would be a fun pattern but I'd have to remake him as the original sold about 10 years ago.
Penelope Ponders the Preposterous Proposal of the Pompous Prince Phillip was an early doll that I always adored and still own.  I'd remake her - since I've improved my skills in the last 15 years since I first made her. Her headdress is created out of several  doilies and lace scraps. She actually was a pattern that didn't do too well when I first started designing, so maybe a revision will do better.
Riding the Dodo was always one of my favorite pieces. I'd like to remake this sometime and improve the bird.  The gentleman rider was a very early Wee Whimsie and inspired by James Christenson's art.  He wears a wimple, ribbon headwrap and a cap on top.  The little bitty bird on his hat is actually the rider, because if you dressed like this I'd call you a dodo too.

Who knows which I will choose as my next pattern... we'll just have to wait and see.