"But then shall I never get older than I am now?
That'll be a comfort, one way-- never to be an
old woman-- but then--
Always to have lessons to learn!" -- Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland
It's a plush party! Her face is handpainted and she is wearing clothes made of Denise Schmidt's fabrics, which I purchased at Urban Arts and Crafts in Kansas City.
Her little friend's face is hand-drawn with a sharpie pen, and the little bird that landed on her cake has pipe cleaners for feet.
Here are the pictures of my process:
As you can see, I experimented with what material to make her hair with. This photo shows the part where I tried to use mohair. I liked the felt effect much better! I felt that the wool felt looked a lot more like an illustration, which was the effect I was going for here.
Her little pet started out as a study for a matryoshka-like doll, but serendipitously, the way I stitched it made it look more like a cat in the end.
A doll's face is the deal-maker or the deal-breaker for me. It has to look friendly, the kind that will not scare you when you turn the lights out. So much nerves were spent illustrating this doll face. After finishing the face on the left, I decided to jump the scale and color it in. I feel like when painting a face, I can't afford to be non-commital or unsure. It makes a big difference. The face ends up being the focal point of any work. Think The Birth of Venus, or the Mona Lisa. To put it bluntly, if they weren't the slightest bit attractive, no way will they end up in the rooms they're currently in.
Anyhow. this is by no means the Birth of Venus or the Mona Lisa. Rather, it is a level closer to what I would like my doll faces to be.
If you are interested in more Somerset Publishing submission opportunities, look at this post from Danita.