Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"The Keeper of Lost Dolls" is coming along!

The paper clay is drying... I couldn't resist adding a 
bit of blush just to get a sense of what she could look like!
I cut up a piece of vintage millinery netting, 
complete with flowers... adding it to the top of the cage.  
The corset is a single-ply decorative paper napkin 
that I tore in small pieces and applied to the paper clay torso, 
with water and a paint brush.
I cut a "seam" around her neck... to get the effect that the head
was added/articulated, like some of the old 17th wooden dolls.
The inset eyes are vintage black shoe buttons.
I'm not sure what I am doing with the wood and wire
jointed arms... but I'm lovin' it!
I will paint her head, arms and hands... apply a crackle finish,
and then distress it to give her a time-worn look.
I incorporated the label that was on the 
millinery netting... kinda funky and fun!
This is the part of the creative process that I love the most;
when everything (more or less) falls in place!
She is finally coming all together...
"The Keeper of the Dolls!"


  1. Love this...she's really beautiful!

  2. This may be my favorite...All of your expressions are unique but hers is extra sweet. Another amazing piece of art!

  3. I just love the the idea and the way you implement it!!!!!

  4. OMGoodness!I agree everything is all fitting together!!and the neck seam is a great attention to detail..It does make her look like she is one of those very old dolls!!!!Great progress