Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Before... and (Ever) After!

I've taken the week off... with "nothing to do" (Tsk! Tsk!)
So I decided to do a (rather drastic) redo on this old writing desk 
that we've had for more years than I can recall! 
I did the original redo some twenty years ago: stenciled hearts,
olive green paint, checkerboard... cute, but boring!

The "after" was an application of Old Village satin paint: Black.
Then I sanded it down, applying a top coat 
of FolkArt chalk paint: ultra matte Grotto.
Sanded that coat down with a whole lot of elbow-grease...
And then rag rubbed some Tsukinek Walnut Crystals Ink
into all of the worn, sanded corners, cracks and crevices!

Sweet... huh? 

December Give-Away at Woodstown Whimsies!

Stop by Woodstown Whimsies for our
"Eve of the Eve... Give-Away!"
(you can use the link on the right side-bar)

Just leave us a note or greeting... 
The winner will be by the "luck of the draw!"
Warm Wishes! Daryle 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Forlorn Angel Boy... Forging Ahead!

Angel Boy has a basecoat of raw umber...
and is just standing around on my worktable,
"waiting to become!"

His trousers are sewn from some hand-dyed wool
that we picked up this past summer in Lancaster County.
(the same fabric I used for the "troublesome trio!")

Sunday, December 6, 2015

A Short... "Sneak Peek" Video

I have been working feverishly... finishing up a doll
for the Art Doll Quarterly Doll Challenge
due December 15th! (that would be nine days from today!)

The Challenge: A Dr. Seuss Character Doll!

My doll is the "strange bird" from his book: 
"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

The stanza from the book that my Strange Bird 
is based upon reads:

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up with
many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
                                         ~ Dr. Seuss

Enjoy the video!   Daryle


Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Forlorn Angel Boy!

My dear Forlorn Angel Boy (with vintage shoe form feet) 
had some mouth work done today (between cooking & carving the turkey)! 
(see the August 14, 2015 post at Woodstown Whimsies)

He now has a much smaller upper (and lower) lip... 
as well as a "stronger" and more "noble" chin.
All of this reconstruction makes his nose appear 
even larger! (If that's possible...)

And then there's the hands... (my least favorite "sculpt")
I'm using paper clay over soft copper wire & masking tape
for the armature.
His arms are articulated wooden craft finials and beads;
allowing the arms to turn at the shoulders and at the elbows.
(the hands, Daryle... finish the hands!)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Window to My Heart...

This guy has been a long time in the works!
I went back over my posts at Woodstown Whimsies and found
that I started this doll back in June (of 2014)!

He is all but finished... Am thinking a crackle glaze over
his funny face?  
(more pics over at Woodstown Whimsies)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Triple Play Give-Away at Woodstown Whimsies!

These three trouble-makers are each 
looking for a new home... 

Stop by our blog at Woodstown Whimsies  for details!
(link is on the side-bar).

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Triple Play...

This three-some are coming along...
personalities emerge...
silliness ensues...
A delightful few hours spent with them in my workroom!

Friday, November 13, 2015

I Like My Coffee... Strong!

Their personalities are emerging... 
A strong coffee-stain "bath" has helped!

More pics and "how-to's"... posted at Woodstown Whimsies!
(use the link.. on the side-bar!)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Troublesome Trio!

 I have started working on a trio of troublesome dolls
inspired by the work of the gifted "outsider" doll artist:
Sandy Mastroni...

I have a link to her blog at Woodstown Whimsies
in the side-bar of "Favorite Places to Visit for Inspiration!"
(as well as more information on the materials and design of these guys)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Making an Articulated Joint

I have put together a little pictorial lesson
for creating an articulated joint,
as used in my most recent forlorn angel doll!

This is the forearm of the doll (pic on the left); 
attaching it to the "elbow" area 
(the round wooden bead, on the right).

After carefully drilling a hole through the top of
the forearm/wooden finial... thread a short
length of wire through the holes (pic on the left). 

Then thread the two ends of wire that you just inserted
in the top of the forearm through the hole 
that is already in the wooden bead/"elbow" 
of the upper arm (pic on the right).

Using a needle-nosed pliers, grasp the end of the
wire and begin to turn the pliers, wrapping the wire 
tightly around the tip of the pliers... 
then repeat on the other side!

Viola... You have a simple, articulated joint!
I plan on painting mine (wire and all)...
Have fun!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Forlorn Shoe Form Angel...

This guy is slowly... "becoming!"
With the addition of a mouth and chin... and wings,
he is taking on some personality... 
woeful, but personality none-the-less!

Thank you for stopping by...   Daryle

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

W.I.P.: A Forlorn Angel?

This newest doll... (a forlorn angel?)
certainly has that "Sad Sack" look... doesn't he?
From his over-sized shoes to the top of his head,
he stands just over 17 inches high.

I continue to have this affinity for vintage funnels...
they make the perfect hat with "just enough" whimsy
to make you want to smile.
Ahhh, and that rusty heart...  there must behind a story behind it.

His arms will be articulated... wooden beads, finials and wire!

His feet (vintage wooden child's shoe forms) are 
ever-so-large and disproportionate.
His legs are vintage porcelain electrical insulators.

He needs both an upper and lower lip, a chin, 
and perhaps some definition in his cheeks... 
Then a cost of Gesso and a base coat of raw umber!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stop By at Woodstown Whimsies for Our June & July Giveaways

If you would like to have your name included in our June and July
Give-Away over at Woodstown Whimsies...

Please follow this link and leave a comment on the Give-Away post!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Late May Give-Away... Over at Woodstown Whimsies!

From her rusty halo and wooden wings, 
to her vintage little leather book "Dream Children"...
From Her miss-matched button eyes, 
to her coffee-stained clothes and raw flax hair...
This angel says: "simply primitive!"

She is our May Give-Away... 
goodness it is late in the month!

So... leave a comment over at Woodstown Whimsies
on the "May Give-Away" post...
and your name will be placed in the hat for the drawing...
when we return next week from Vermont!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Give-Away at Woodstown Whimsies!

I hope that you'll take a peek over at 
Woodstown Whimsies...
where I am offering a give-away: "Unfinished Business!"

If you leave a comment over there 
under the April 15th post using the link below...
your name will be included in the random drawing at the end of April!

Blessings... Daryle

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March Give-Away at Woodstown Whimsies!

And you thought that I forgot…

Back at "Woodstown Whimsies"  My Monthly Give-Away
is a mixed-media doll called: "Healing!"

Leave a comment on the post over there 
and your name will be in the drawing; on March 31st!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Part 5… Fini! The Angel Shrine Doll Workshop

Here is the last part of our workshop…
Finishing the doll head with a crackle medium and creating
a Victorian Ruff (collar) to complete your doll!
I hope that you have enjoyed our journey together.
Blessings and Warmest Wishes… Daryle 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Part 4-B… Angel Shrine Doll Workshop!

Here in Part 4-B…
We will add layers of color to the head, blush,
and finish the eyes!
Is your angel shrine doll…  "becoming?"

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Angel Shrine Doll Workshop… Part 4-A

Here is the most recent installment on this workshop… Part 4-A
You will be tackling the "structure" that you have chosen for the doll body;
covering it with papers, paint, embellishments… and more.
This part also covers the attachment of the wood finial arms and the wings.
Have fun and think about posting any comments with your progress!
Warm Wishes from snow covered South Jersey!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Trailer… a New Workshop in the Works!

I sure hope that I'm not getting the proverbial cart before the horse!
I'm so excited about the response to the Angel Shrine Doll Workshop
that I have already started to work on the next doll workshop:
"The Book Faerie Doll"

Here's the tailer I just posted on YouTube… Enjoy!

You may wish to click on the YouTube logo
in lower right hand area of the screen 
for a larger viewing field!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Angel Shrine Doll Workshop Part 3...

In Part 3 of the workshop…
I cover the "structure" that you are using for the doll body,
the arms, the wings… and how to repair any "cracks" that
may appear on your paper clay doll's head!
Enjoy and let me know if you post any pics on your blogs!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Part 2… of the Angel Shrine Doll Workshop!

Your Angel Shrine Doll head at this point, should really begin 
to take on a personality of its own… 
Part 2 includes: sculpting the lower lip (it took me two or three attempts) 
and then sculpting the chin and adding a neck.  
I have also included a discussion about "hair": 
synthetic, natural, and bald (beautiful!)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Angel Shrine Doll Workshop Part 1-B and Part 1-C

Here are both Parts 1-B and 1-C of our Angel Shrine Doll Workshop. 
We will add the upper lip, those cherubic, chubby cheeks, and some ears!

Again, I would suggest that you try viewing the video on the YouTube
link that is found on the lower right half of the video,
for their formatted viewing size.

Have fun.. and let me hear from you!  

It's snowing again this a.m. here in South Jersey!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Angel Shrine Doll Workshop Part 1 A

Well… after (literally) hours of editing, editing, and more editing…
I found out that the workshops were too long in length to export to both Blogger and YouTube… so I have frantically reformatted making the
original 5-part workshop into an 8-part workshop.
Tsk! Tsk!

I would suggest that you view it by clicking on the YouTube link right on the lower right half of the video… this will take you directly to YouTube and their formatted size for viewing.

So here it is… Part 1-A  (Part 1-B & Part 1-C to be posted soon!)

Please be sure to leave a comment… or two!  
And help get the word out that I'm here!  
Thank You... for taking a peek!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Workshop Description and Material List for the Angel Shrine Doll

Angel Shrine Doll Workshop Description 

The inspiration for creating a OOAK angel shrine doll came from a children’s bereavement workshop that I attended years ago, while living in Vermont  The instructor introduced us to the concept of creating a “memory box.”  A simple “house” ( that will become the doll body) filled with small objects that carry special significance and meaning.  I have incorporated that concept into creating an angel shrine doll.  This workshop will allow you to integrate your own found object into a personal expression of your faith or life journey.  I encourage you to look for the perfect "house" at a flea market, resale shop, thrift store, or yard sale! 

Each doll will be uniquely different... not only because you are unique, but also because each “house” used to create the angel shrine doll body will be one-of-a-kind.  I have chosen a flea market find, a vintage craftsman style mantle clock, for my shrine doll. In this workshop we will sculpt a doll head using paper clay, attach wood turnings/finial arms, wooden wings, and then apply vintage or decorative papers, acrylic paints, and other mediums to the “house”– creating a OOAK shrine. 

You will be encouraged to introduce meaningful ephemera and use personal memorabilia, while allowing your imagination to run free… throughout the creative process! 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Doll Makers Journey…

It all began with a pipe dream, almost three years ago:
To offer a workshop, at no charge…
to anyone interested in making a mixed-media doll.

That's when the journey really began… creating a O.O.A.K. Angel Shrine Doll!

And so, with an old mantle clock for a body and some paper clay in hand…
the workshop/class began to unfold.

And so my hope is… Lord willing and the creek don't rise,
(understand we have temps in the 40's today and run-off snow is melting!)

I will be making available to you:
The Angel Shrine Doll Workshop!