Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Please meet Batya, a sweet vintage-style doll made of cloth.
This doll was made from Deanna Hogan's pattern, Verity. Her hair is made from Tibetan Lambswool and her dress is made from upholstery fabric and silk organza. The lace is antique and I've been saving it for the right occasion.

This doll is very time-consuming but rewarding to make. It involves layers and layers of modeling paste + gel medium (affectionately called "messy mix" by Deanna), and gesso. Each layer is sanded and prepped for the next layer. It is very time-consuming, but the result is a hard surface that puts the doll into a whole different category.

I decided not to leave my paint matte. When I was satisfied with the face, I used a very high-gloss varnish that looks like glass. I like the way it turned out because it gives the doll a porcelain-like look.

Through all the layers, I ended up with some brush marks that I couldn't sand down very well. I used a tiny bit of burnt umber paint on a dry paintbrush to "rub it in." I really like the way the gloss and the brush marks interact. Looks very vintage to me.

Visit Deanna's blog to learn more about the messy mix.
These are the products I used:

Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze Varnish
by Krylon
Skin Tone Paint by Sherry Goshon "soft caress"
Acrylic Paint by Golden
Gesso by Golden
Modeling Paste by Golden
Gel Medium by Golden

I think I'm hooked on these products!
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Thursday, June 18, 2009


I am just about done with the dress for my version of Deanna's Verity doll.
I made it out of upholstery fabric (believe it or not) and organza.
The trim is a fine antique lace. I have been saving it for a special doll, and this doll wants to have it. The little bloomers are made of silk.

These are the doll's shoes and legs. Sorry the picture didn't turn out so well, but I am too excited to wait for a better one.

I used silk plaid for the doll's legs. I like the contrast. The dress is paisley, the organza is a french fleur de lis. The plaid is a surprise element. I think I will make ribbon with the leftover and make a little bow for her hair or the dress. What do you think?

The shoes are actually painted onto her feet and the heels are made of clay. I wanted to use burnt umber (that is my favorite color brown) and it wasn't until after I got started, that I realized I was using oil paint. So, I will have to wait a week for it to dry. That's ok- It will give me an excuse to finish the face and add some extra details.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Deanna Hogan's Verity Class

This past weekend I had the privilege of taking a class with Deanna Hogan. What a treat it was, and what an absolutely inspiring artist she is. I learned so much and I enjoyed myself more than I have in ages. Deanna is a fine teacher and she has incredible patience. No wonder her dolls are so beautiful.

To read more about the wonderful class and see more pictures, please visit Deanna's blogand scroll down to the June 7, 2009 post.
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