I’ve been obsessing about art dolls since I discovered them last year and have been meaning to make one for ages. To me, they encompass all my creative interests; sculpting, sewing, embroidery, mixed media. I found loads of great doll artists online and even got Art Dolls Quarterly which I love.
I suppose my Halloween art project was when really started to experiment with dolls. I felt I got mixed results with them as I was customising a doll rather than creating it from scratch. I decided it was time to give it a try and stop putting myself off just because I was letting perfectionism creep in. So here is how I made my blue rabbit.
Materials & Tools
Glass cabochon eyes
embroidery thread & Needle
I started by sketching some rabbits from reference photos and then creating a more stylistic bunny sitting on his hind legs. As this was going to be a sort of homage to my boyfriend, a magician, I played around with ideas for him wearing a top hat.
When it came to making, I started with the head first. I scrunched foil up and formed a almond face shape . I used thin wire for the ears and wrapped foil around them to keep their shape. I softened the Super Sculpey clay with my hands and a pasta machine and started adding it to the foil, building up the face.
While it feels like I’ve been really busy over the last few weeks, I have been able to do some new arty projects in the evenings and wanted to try new ideas.
I went to see Little Shop of Horrors at the theatre a few weeks ago, I love the film and the show was brilliant! Inspired by my love of monsters and plants, I started making a few of my own polymer clay plant creatures. Sometimes I just want to make something and not have any ideas of preliminary sketches beforehand. This is how I started with my flower and cactus creatures below.
He looks sad
I had these tiny pots lying around for ages, I got them from a little craft shop near where I live. I also made some kind of steam-punk fish earrings with translucent clays and was thinking about what I could put in the Tim Holtz glass domes I’ve had for a while. That is when I decided to make a tooth – which glows in the dark!
I’ve been thinking for a while about writing a post just about my fun monster sculptures, which I called Fizzlings, and how they evolved and I also wanted to do a little give away competition as I have made so many and they need proper homes! So keep reading to find out how to win one of the three you see here!
Making my little creatures began last when when I had been playing with Polymer Clay Fimo for a while, just bored after making loads of mini charms. I, as always, wanted more of a creative challenge and to make something bigger, so I started with these oddly shaped characters. I added little metal bits lying around, giving them personality.
Each creature I made was an improvement on the last, but I wanted to make something more substantial. I watched sculpting videos on YouTube (a great resource) bought a variety of books on Polymer Clay and sculpting, and began using an armature of wire and foil inside my sculptures. This is when my creatures started to get bigger and take on a proper form. I had been sketching rough ideas now and planning my work more, thinking of themes, embellishments and colour.
This was a great creative challenge! My friend asked me a little while ago to make him two Merlion sculptures, although I wasn’t sure if I could pull them off and put the project to one side for a while. I did a bit of research and my friend gave me full creative range to make them. I am more of an expressive artist than realistic so I decided to approach it that way.
I watched a few YouTube tutorials for sculpting ideas and tips and ordered my favourite Super Sculpey for the project. I did some research into lions, in particular the way they moved and the structure of the skeleton so I could make a decent armature to build the sculpture on. I also looked online at fish scales and fins to get an idea in my head on how to combine the two creatures.
I wanted to share some of my most recent polymer clay creatures I’ve been working on. I feel like I have really developed with my skills and attention to detail with each one I make, the red forest inspired Fizzling sculpture being the most recent. And as I’m creating the monster’s backstories I also started making Froops – little pets for the Fizzlings from the scrap clay I have left over! The bronze and brown is my favourite so far!
I love adding the little details and as I am building my collection of tools up, I can get much finer detail in there too.
I also made two little Fimo monster plants as I had a little plant pot from my cactus left after I repotted him. Then I was walking past a little craft shop near me and saw an even smaller pot! So I just needed to make a tiny monster plant. My massive one would eat them alive!
I am putting some of these creatures in my Etsy shop if anyone was interested in purchasing a new friend! I’ve recently came down with a mean Summer virus so have not been feeling well at all. But I am noting down some new project ideas, including some future tutorials. If you have a preference on any tutorials you would like me to share, just go to my last blog post and vote in the poll!
I’ve been pretty busy recently and haven’t felt much motivation to blog really – it is the Summer Graduations at work and I’m doing overtime as well so my drive to make things is dwindling…. But I wanted to put an update on the creatures I have made over the last few weeks which I have decided to call Fizzlings! Sounds cute to me!
I made the purple and pink one for my sister as a request and she asked for him to be holding/eating a lolipop. I think that one is my favourite so far! Each one I’ve made is different and I can clearly see how much better I get, fine tuning details and working on my weak areas.
My sea creature monster, Eric, was a challenge as I wanted to create an upward tail with a mermaid-like fin. I love how he turned out although I was frustrated while I was making him and used loads of clay to get his head right! I used plastic eyes as well and they reacted very strangely with the polymer clay. They started to liquefy! I was scared of baking him but I kept an eye on him while he was in the oven and he turned out fine.
My new creature is going to be a combination of pale colours and new glass eyes I bought from Etsy. Will update as soon as he is finished! And I made this cute baby evil plant for my friend. Enjoy!