Monday, April 27, 2015

Make your own Gesso

Couple ways to make your own "Gesso"

#1: is by: Astar's Place
  A.J.’s Smile Homemade Gesso:
Couple things about this it is a little rougher than normal gesso but it does sand nicely.  Because of the baby powder it will be a little chalkier when sanding so use a fine sand paper.  Cure time is 24 hours but you can speed it up with a hair dyer or a heat gun.
  • 1 part white glue (I used cheap white glue from the Dollar Store - you can also use PVA glue or Elmer's)
  • 3 parts water (since I used the cheap white glue I should have decreased the water to 2 parts)
  • 6 parts baby powder (since I used way more water than what I should have, I used more baby powder.  I did not measure I tilted the baby powder container and squeezed - scientific I know)
  • I added some Titanium White from the an almost empty 2 oz. tube of Liquitex  (there was maybe a TBSP left in it.)
I mixed everything in a air tight container the constancy is like a pancake batter - it will settle (like normal Gesso) so you will need to mixed it before use.  Surprisingly it takes paint really well, it also sands nicely.  It also way cheaper than "real" gesso - lol.

#2: Learn How to Make 3 different recipes for Homemade Gesso/ 
Tutorial– Plus how to use DIY Gesso with different art mediums
 By:Shemi Dixon
 Here is my homemade gesso experiment. I will show you how to make three different gesso recipes and we experiment with our DIY handmade Gesso. I will use water colors, oil pastels, markers, colored pencils; acrylic paints with each one the recipes and talk about the differences.
I loved this tutorial , hope you enjoy also!!
Hugs Sherrie Nordgren!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Rag Baby's

 I am so excited..I have finished the 14 Inch Rag Baby .and also the 30 inch Rag Baby..
above you can see I did a pencil face and a bit of blush , I then sealed her face.
She really looks from what I call "YesterYear"
 Showing the 30  inch Rag Baby pretty fingers!

I have decided since there is no  clothing pattern, I will dress them both in Civil War period
ooo my favorite, Good news is my quilting store just started carrying  a beautiful line of  
Civil War period fabric.
These gals will be dressed to the nines!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Little Cabin Creations

Have some great news to share with you all today!!  I stopped by

Today and and spent a couple hours! If you haven't been to Little Cabin Creations..GO!
Sherri Farley is AMAZING.. Her tutorials are straight from her heart. and she is totally a professional seamstress!
If your wondering about the book above, I just ordered it from  amazon..
You will see it on  on her right side column Doll Books
Sherri show really nice pictures..I can't wait to get book!

Sherri's dolls are incredible as are her Animals and Santa' much more!
Trust me when I say you will be there for a while, Sherri Thank You for all your awesome sharing..It takes allot of time to create tutorials and you really give  from your heart to all us doll makers!
Hugs Sherrie Nordgren

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

14 inch Baby Rag Doll

Ok have the 14 inch  Baby Rag Doll  ready for the fun part.
I decided to do a pencil face on her.  The pattern shows her just undressed but I am 
going to dress her.
Of the 4 projects I am doing /posted about.Two are finished..The Towel and 
the 14 inch  Baby Rag Doll..

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Yep 4 projects to share with you all

 Well I have 4 all different in size and type projects going on.What Fun this is.. First I am almost finished with my "Spring Chicken Applique' " My first applique and ready to make another right away also@.
 This is the 14 inch Rag Baby from Dixie  Redmond, I did cut out the template for 30 inch to do when I am finish with these 4 projects.
This is a Janena Bartram Of Antiqueannies  pattern called " Anne Louise 26 "painted doll
Janena took me totally under her wing, When it came to creating Primitive, In a style that my humble opinion  is the  perfection differentiation of "Primitive" So on creating this dolls She is my Friendship Forever Doll to Janena, Sher created also for me with her heart and hands a 8X 10 of a simple Cloth " I TREASURE  yet and for ever to this day..  Janena patterns are just cools, They make you challenge you   mind yet are really ease! and "Gorgeous " when finished,,I hope to find my frind once again and renew our for ever friendship, Janena had a tragic in her  Life, But some how I believe God has turned it around for the good.I want to see this God given talented Artist to come back to Creating once again!!!! Janena I am committed to each pattern you have drawn and will create each one! Tell you  start creating again..Please contact me,I miss you allot!!
as you can see the arms and legs go into this part of the body! AND her foot really is created like a EFA doll along with a separate pattern for her own slippers..Once I have this VERY special doll stuffed   and all finished to the part to created her pantaloons, her own beautiful slip,  Dress and of course her slippers she will be awesome Love note to Janena Bartram, I really would like to go on and created in this doll time period and creat a entire   wardrobe,,What fun!!

Alrighty I did cut out and sew the 14 inch Rag Baby, Though I did draw my template out on freezer paper for 30 inch Rag Doll Baby for another time to finish her..
and  believe or not I did make a freezer paper template of what I am now calling "The Silly Pattern" there is No directions :)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Collection of Black Cloth Dolls

 Hatch Collection of Black Cloth Dolls.

 I know I have blogged about these totaly awesome Vintage Cloth Dolls before, But a good thing is always a good thing to do again .
I found OLD vintage Cloth with a  little like yellow leaf instead of a small Polk-adot the original dolls,, But I got so excited to find this material..I think they use to be curtains. I found the fabric at  a garage sale Yay!!
So I am using my Baby land Rag  Doll Body Pattern  30” doll pattern
By Dixie Redmond
I think it will be perfect!

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Just wanted to share with you my two of 3  new books..
3rd is on the way/"Selected Writings of John Darcy Noble"
I was silly and gave these away *ugh* So reordered them from amazon  at a really good price the first one is   “ Milwaukee WPA project
About un skilled workers employing 5000 women and men during the Great Depression
I quote
“ This is the inspiring story of a work program that brought fame to Milwaukee, while breaking gender and color barriers during the Great Depression”
Of course they were making dolls of all kinds..  I am still reading it.. It goes way beyond the making of a doll , but brought people of all colors together and most important Their confidence and self esteem..Making dolls in its own at least to me is a healthy Art/ Hobby!
 I REALLY feel in my heart as economically times are now, Some thing like this would be a Bless to many and our nation!
 Now comes the second book

 and GUESS WHAT ?????  It is SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR!!!! I had no idea it was signed, so I went back and checked my amazon orders and  it saidHardcover. Signed First Edition. xxiii +, 170 pages. Light soiling, very minor chips to dust jacket--in Brodart cover.”  I paid $5.00 that is with shipping..  Guess I need to read more carefully :)
It is in a nice dust Jacket and in perfect condition, Printed in 1945
and the price back then whoa!!!!
 The reason  duh me bought this book the second time is because, It is rich in history for period dolls  how they dressed. their type of hair style and soooo much more information, Yes their are patterns in the book, but to scanned and then take to a printer to enlarge..Right away on page 10 I found the pattern I have been looking for.. The "Genevieve Doll Pattern", She has the  the front panel then a back panel which doubles then sewn to the head..Which for me gives just enough definition for the head and neck and face..Guess I am lazy because I wish she was already full size:)..