Thursday, January 31, 2013

Etsy fancy cat art doll [ sold ]

Today I made a fancy cat art doll
In my shop ........... Thanks for visiting !

just sold !

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

another chalk painted piece

 looking around in my basement .... I found this , so ............ I used Behr "Botanical Green " paint with plaster of paris mixed in [ chalk paint } ....... I put three coats on , distressed the edges .
 THIS time , instead of using paste wax ...... I tried Wipe-on Poly { by Minwax } , which was even easier than applying the paste wax
Perfect for my dolls .

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I've gone chalk paint crazy

 this is an OLD mirror , got it years ago at a yard sale . It's a pretty big mirror . It measures about 18 x 20 inches . It's chalk ware ? ..... old plaster ??? ........ anyway it's really old .  It was painted bright aqua { looked awful } , so it stayed in my basement for years .  Last night I threw on some pale pink chalk paint , here you see the first coat of pale pink over the aqua . ......... OH .... I am loving chalk paint !
 I put three coats of my own chalk paint on . Then I sanded , so some of the aqua pops out , and then I rubbed paste wax on .

Last night as I fell asleep.... I counted things to paint with chalk paint { instead of counting sheep }
I might even paint my refrigerator .  I've gone chalk paint crazy !!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Chalk Paint = Happy Girl

 I have wanted to try making my own chalk paint for the longest time ...... I finally did it ! and I'm SO happy I did .  I bought this child size bureau the other day . It's only 18 inches tall and 14 inches wide .
doesn't look so good in the wood color , does it .
You do NOT have to use primer on this

 I mixed Plaster of Paris into some old pink paint .......
If you try this >>>>> get as many lumps out first . add a little hot water into the plaster of paris , get rid of lumps and then add to your paint .  I didn't measure . I just threw some in .
** update ** > Denise mentioned in comments ... to use an emersion blender to get rid of the lumps . what a good idea ! thanks Denise .
 then I sanded , and distressed edges ....... then I used Minwax Finishing Wax Paste
and here is how it looks now .

I am thrilled !!!!!!!! I am happy ..... I'm so excited , I want to paint more furniture , old frames too .
I love that you don't have to prime the piece first
Just paint it on !
I did three coats ..... but I've never done this before ... so maybe you don't need three coats
I also had too many lumps in my paint , { so I had to sand a lot away } next time I will get more lumps out
I had no idea what I was doing , I just dived in and it worked out well
TRY it ......TRY it ...... do it ......... it's fun ......... you will be HAPPY .... just like me you will be a HAPPY Girl !

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cat art dolls for Etsy { both are sold }

today I made these two little cat dolls ..... in softer colors . Pastel yellow and blue .
These cat art dolls will be in my Etsy shop soon !

click photo to see larger image .

update > both are sold

Monday, January 7, 2013

making clown art dolls { both are sold }

I've been making clown dolls .....and I plan on making a few more , which is very hard for me because other ideas are dancing around in my head .   I love making these clowns , so why do I think of making other things while I'm making these ! ?
I find though that it's helpful to make a few of the same doll . SO I plan on making two more at least and then move on to something else.
TOO many ideas !!!!   I have to focus ... calm down and focus .

update >  both are sold 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

How I make an art doll { sold }

1 st   >    Move the junk on desk . Clear a small area , notice that you are happy you bought the 1945 rose lamp and the old pincushion and happy you made that apple guy years ago .

*** don't forget to click on a photo so you can see it large

Don't think about food or how you should be cleaning the house . focus

 2nd >   so after I drew her on fabric , I sewed her , and carefully turned her inside out and carefully stuffed her .  Now I pencil in details and start to paint
 It's at this point I think I must be insane ..... very time consuming

 but then it all comes together , with my Inktense pencils I add more detail and shading , buttons on her pigtails

 and all of a sudden she's a real doll { but it's really been a few hours } .... but hey > all of a sudden we have a doll !
I'm tired
but happy ....... I finished a doll today . She is for sale . She is 11 and 1/2 inches tall .
I will put her in my Etsy shop later tonight

UPDATE >>>>>  sold

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!