Magic Bunny Art Doll

Iโ€™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

  • Super Sculpey
  • Foil
  • Wire
  • Glass cabochon eyes
  • Faux fur
  • Polyfil
  • ribbon
  • Cotton
  • Acrylic Paint
  • varnish
  • Brushes
  • Glue Gun
  • embroidery thread & Needle
  • Pliers
  • Clay tools
  • Pens
  • Notebook

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.

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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.

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Sea Life Embroidery

Here are two embroidery projects I’ve just finished.

Under the Sea

I thought aย nautilus was perfect for the smaller hoop and loved the patterns on the shell which I tried to recreate. I used a running stitch and split stitch for this project and I focused in on the details and colours of the threads.

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The Love of Magazines

I’ve been having a love affair with magazines for years! And this is a problem when you live in one room and can’t be parted with them. When I was little I would even make my own magazines, although I spent so long on one I don’t think I really let anyone else have it.

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Textile Adventures and Embroidery Hoops

I love embroidery hoop wall art and when I saw a small hoop in a new craft shop near me, the thought of making one burst into my brain! I wasn’t really sure what to make so just ended up using some material I had left and some cute beads, this fabric dragonfly and star.

I quite like it. I used to do a lot more sewing and things with textiles. I picked up Mollie Makes but also heard about this new magazine called Hoop-La! which is already too cute, so I got that too. Going to start some more hoops soon, I can’t wait! I also got some fabric quarters and am going to try a fabric paint and this wooden stamp for a new cushion. I really have so many projects fighting there way out my mind!!! It’s getting crazy in there!

Some Things I Made a Little While Ago…..

So, it is clear I have not been paying much attention to my blog as I would like. I have ideas but life keeps getting in the way of me writing them down! I’ve been busy seeing friends and family, applying for jobs and work, that even finishing my painting is taking ages!

So I am putting up a few pictures of things I made last year when I got really into paper art, crafts and my sewing machine. I think I was unemployed for a couple of months as well which means more intense art making!

 

I made this card for my friend’s birthday.

 

I made this for my sister x

Organising and Such Like x

Since getting out the sewing machine (AKA Bettie) to mend my boyfriend’s jeans, I have refreshed my knowledge and skills and found loads of new projects I want to do, including a roll up for my knitting needles.ย  I’ve been making a few purses to get back into things, and decided it was time to sort all my sewing things out.

I have a cute box for all my sewing bits, and haven’t really looked through it for about a year. One way to organise everything was to label the separate drawers which makes it quick and easy to find things I need, instead of hunting around for ages. I’ve tried to organise most of my craft and art materials into similarly related things, like flowers and ribbons or metal embellishments.

While I don’t currently have masses of space to do my creating, I have also found that having a bit of a spring clean is good when tidying up your materials, throwing out random stuff that you maybe thought was useful but really isn’t ( I found a lot of chopped pieces of fabric I won’t use).

I haven’t yet sorted my fabrics out but that is the next thing to do. As my pile isn’t huge, I’m sure they would fit into a shoe box or something similar possibly clear so I can see from a glance the colours and patterns I have. I may have to invest in some new fabric soon though, my pile is dwindling ๐Ÿ™‚ some shopping always sparks my creativity and even pushes it into overload!

Next on list: some fabric to make curtains ๐Ÿ˜€

xoxox

Floral Purse with Zip :)

I made this little purse last night after finding my zipper foot for my sewing machine. Really happy with the way it turned out, and I used two different patterned fabrics for the outside to give it a little twist. I’m still finding my own style for sewing as I learn more of the basics – I am a bit rusty after moving to Manchester a year ago and only being about to have the space and time to get my sewing machine out ๐Ÿ™‚

I am still very pleasedย I managed to sew it without any major problems x