Thursday, October 21, 2010

Baylee by Lorna Miller Sands

I have been practicing on Baylee by Lorna Miller Sands.  I love these non-toxic oils.  I find them so much easier than Genesis and Jo Sonja's.  I was a real fan of the acrylics till I found these paints. 

I have had flub ups but nothing that couldn't be fixed.  I treat the flubs like learning experiences. 

I sent away for some practice limbs from Bountiful Baby, so I don't have to worry about something going wrong with a kit.

Baylee is a work in progress and I still have to paint her lips and root her eyelashes.  I put a Mohair wig on her just to see how she will look when I am done.

I am hoping to get her done by this weekend...we'll

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

M. Graham Walnut Oil Non -Toxic Oil Paints

 I have found these wonderful M. Graham non-toxic oils paints.  They are made with a natural Walnut Oil.  Check out his site for more detailed information. 

I finally broke down and bought some to try.  I have to tell you that I love them for Reborning.  I have been using them for the base coat.  They actually tint the vinyl and leave very little paint behind, and therefore they dry rather quickly.  They soak in and become a part of the vinyl.

The cure time is still 4 to 6 weeks, but can be handled the day after painting.  No oven is needed and there is absolutely no fumes or smell.  These paints cure by oxidation, not evaporation.

To make them dry faster I use a walnut oil alkyd which is also non-toxic.

I know Oils are not the thing to do now days but the beauty, and translucency of the finish is well worth the wait.

These paints are made in the fashion that the old masters did in the Renaissance era.  Oils have been tried and tested  through the ages, so I know these paints will last for many generations.

These paints are rather pricey, so great care must be taken to mix them carefully and use only the amount needed.

The pics were taken the day after the application of the base coat.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Remembering When

I just had a 40th High School class reunion.  Wow that's a LONG time
That got me going through some old high school pictures.
 I also have a best friend that has a birthday in October, so I decided to create
a special birthday greeting and send it to her via email.
(Make sure you click on the pic to see it larger!!)
These are old pics of her and me all throughout high school.  From grades
10 through 12.  (1968 - 1970)  I am the blond.  She is 5 foot 10 and I am 5 foot 3, so we were quite the
sight walking down the hall acting all goofy like high school kids do.
I wish everyone would post high school pics of themselves...I love looking
at high school
I just thought I would share a little bit of my earlier years.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Faces ! Faces! Faces!

I can't stop drawing
I won't bore you with the all the artwork, just the ones that have

If you are  wondering why the eyes are black, that's just my style.
I draw all my faces with black eyes, kind of like a black and white photo
with just a little color.  I hope it translates well into a doll.

I have started drawing the faces a little smaller because when I make the head
it distorts the facial features.  The face on the stuffed head looks nothing like the face I drew
on the flat cloth.

I have tried drawing the face after it is stuffed, but it just hasn't worked for me.  So I guess
I'll stay with what

For me drawing the face freehand is so much more fulfilling than a photo face doll,
like the ones I created before.  I don't know why I didn't try this long ago...
I guess the creative process is a slow progression for me.

Friday, October 1, 2010

This is only the beginning...

I have been racking my brain, experimenting, and spending lots o' money trying to combine the two things that I love...Drawing and Dolls.  I found the right double knit fabric, I have found a fixative that is compatible with the pencils and inks.  Now all I have to do is get the pattern perfected, that in itself is a job.

I have always loved to draw freehand and I have made a lot of ACEO cards, but that wasn't enough for me.  The combining of the two seems like a perfect solution. 

Now if I can maybe get my house in order, it looks like a hurricane hit it.  I have such tunnel vision, when I am in the middle of something, I tend to let everything in the house go.  I do get around to it
Well I'm off to work on my to you later!

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