He needs a face job, some arms, and a pair of wings! What to use for his wings, that troubles me a bit. He is 19" tall, standing on a wooden base. I will probably give the base a checkerboard or pok-a-dot finish. I have some other springs and brass gears that I would like to see on him...somewhere!
I guess that's why he is a work in progress... Blessings to you and yours, in the middle of this week! Daryle
This work in progress still needs a face! I found some great old hardware on our recent jaunt to Lancaster County. The glasses are made with rusted hardware and wire. His hat (I will add a brass gear to it later) is an old tin funnel.
Sculpting Angelus' mouth was a whole different story! Ugh! I wanted some significant teeth in this guys smile; well he has them... this was my fourth attempt! Tsk! Tsk!
I'm fascinated by the "steampunk movement"... and decided to begin working on a steampunk angel. I photo-transferred some great vintage engravings of gears and machines onto cotton canvas... then coffee-stained it. I found the images in Heck's Pictorial Archive of Nature and Science. This is a copyright free publication by Dover Books. I added some clockwork gears and an old leather strap.
The "Re-Uzit Shop" in New Holland, on East Main Street has become one of our regular stops, when in Lancaster County. There are always treasures to be found! Poking around the book area (which is a small room!)... I found these three books and the vintage ruler (it was fifty cents). The books were each one dollar. The Song Eureka book is full of children's songs, circa 1894. The other two books have lovely colored illustrations.
Katie and I spent much of the day, driving around Lancaster County, PA. We found three new thrift shops in Ephrata alone! And a remarkable salvage shop in New Holland. All of the old clock work pieces, the folk art carved wood bird, the metal hardware, and the vintage leather straps were found at "Carson's in the Cornfield." A great shop full of salvaged hardware, wood trims, spindles, and hand painted folk art. All at reasonable prices.
The owner has dozens of bins of vintage hinges, screws, door plates, skeleton keys, odds and ends. It is one of the WOW shops you walk through and just can't get enough of!
Three floors... including the basement which is full of wood door panels, shutters, trims, on and on. If you're in the area... you need to visit Carson's on Grist Mill Road! And the lovely old 13 x 15 walnut frame that everything is sitting on... we found at a roadside shop, and it was marked $3.50! When I went to pay for it, the shop keeper said; "No, it's on sale, and is only one dollar!" I'm still smiling about that one!
I am delighted with the entire process... The "Sentinel of Winter" really took on a life of its own in terms of the design, fabric choices and the final "look!" I was able to make use of some vintage buttons, fancy bead-work (on the hat), and that recycled wool blanket that Katie and I found at a thrift shop in Vineland.
I used FolkArt's raw sienna acrylic paint for my over-glaze coat on the crackling. I love the warm, rich, patina that it left. Sigh... what's next? Thanks so much for stopping by... Daryle
I labored over this one... How might I introduce a bit of whimsical joy into this particular piece? Ahhh... snow! Sparkling.. White... Snow!
My stash of German glass glitter to the rescue. This tiny blown glass jar with a cork stopper, along with an itsy-bitsy coffee-stained tag became the perfect answer: "Snow Seeds!"How whimsical is that? The mittens are sculpted from paperclay, then painted and crackled.
The deadline for this particular Art Doll Quarterly Challenge is in ten days...Yikes! It's the "Milieu Challenge"... choosing an environment or surroundings for a particular doll that you have designed. I have placed "die wache winter" in a 15th century guard house, similar to those used by the "Beefeaters" who protect the Tower of London. The house is made with foam board, wooden finials and scraps of pine and cardboard. All covered in paper towels soaked in white glue, adding texture.
My sentinel is dressed in an off white wool coat with a separate wool hat... made from a thrift shop wool blanket. The remaining clothing and scarf is made from a textured wool men's sportscoat (also a local thrift shop find).
TO DO LIST: Paint and crackle the head, add some eyes, wire the arms and add mittens. Sew those buttons on! Glue some scrap-booking papers inside the guard house, paint it, "winterize" it... and get it in the mail! Say a prayer! Daryle
I finished the "souls" this weekend! Their little bodies are covered with vintage German sheet music that Katie and I found at the New Castle Farmer's Market last year. I used a one-step crackle medium on their heads and hands; to give them a warm, aged appearance. Their (rather dapper) paper collars are made from heavy card stock that is coffee-stained. They stand on stenciled and distressed checkerboard pattern wooden bases. They are (from left to right): Huppert, Sascha, Gottfried, Rafael, and Otto. (take a bow, boys!) Blessings, Daryle