Saturday, August 31, 2013

A New Doll...It's All in the Title!

I have had a new doll whispering to me over the past several months...
In my head, the voice kept saying: "He thought he could fly!"
Serendipitously today, while walking around the grounds at the
New Castle Farmer's Flea Market... 
I found this book at one of the tables: "The Boy With Wings"... 
it was mine for $3.00  So, you tell me?

Using my "book faerie" design (see my Nov. 4, 2011 post)
a new doll is already churning in my head!
Hey, did you notice?  
Even the color of the book (verdi green)
is speaking to me, as I post this!

P.S.  all the other "stuff"...  Oh, just bits of inspiration for future creations!

Friday, August 30, 2013

W.I.P.... On-Line Workshop!

The "Big News"... mentioned in an earlier post this month:
I am working on my first ever (as in "terrified")
video workshop... to be offered on line.
Some of the "details" have changed as to the where and when,
but it is definitely in the works! (wink!)

O.O.A.K. Angel Shrine Doll

The inspiration for creating a OOAK angel shrine doll came from a children’s bereavement workshop that I attended years ago. The instructor introduced us to the concept of creating a “memory box.” A simple “house” filled with small objects that carry special significance and meaning. I have incorporated that concept into creating an angel shrine doll. This workshop will allow you to integrate your own OOAK found object (think flea market, thrift store, or attic find item that resembles a “house”) into a personal expression of your faith or life journey.

Saturday, August 24, 2013


The journey's end:  He is wired, glued, tied...
and signed!

Friday, August 23, 2013

"A"... is for Angel!

I said it before... the end of the creative journey is always a bitter-sweet time for me!   And that's where I find myself with this guy...  "Folk Art Flying Angel."
My thanks to Teresa, from A Magical Whimsy... who suggested that I use the dark base-coat as the skin tone for this doll!  I love it... I did soften the head, hands, and feet with a dry brush application of "light cinnamon" and "burnt sienna."

I added some metallic gold "dots" to the existing verdi green dots and rubbed a bit on his wings as well.  Attach the wings & arms and he's finished!  He is indeed... a "kindred spirit!"   P.S. a late postscript: these are his true colors!     

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

W.I.P. with a Splash of Color!

The top coat of color is complete!  Next?  I will tacke his head, hands and feet with some color and blush! Then, all that is really left to do will be to add a water-based stain to "soften" the colors and put him all together (i.e. wire his arms, attach his wings, etc)
I'm a huge fan of coffee-stained... well, just about anything!
His paper collar and these hang tags have become my "signature"
when it comes to folk art creations!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Entrance to the Secret Garden?

It certainly looks like it could be the entrance to the Secret Garden,
doesn't it?  Cascading Purple Hyacinth Bean, hanging over our
eight foot (young) red maple tree!  During the past two weeks
it has just taken off... drawing both butterflies and hummingbirds!
Perspective... these large beans are about 3.5 inches in length.
Ah, the wonder of it all...   Daryle

Monday, August 19, 2013

Raw Umber... works its magic!

For me, the application of raw umber as a base coat
always seems to breathe "life" into a doll.
I designed some wooden wings, to which I applied
scrapbooking papers; with a vintage flair.
The wings will actually be attached to the upper
body with a wooden dowel that will "pierce" the fabric
along the back of the doll, running from wing-to-wing.

This guy will carry a bunting pennant that I made using
heavy tag board, script from a 1915 German Science Reader,
 metal eyelets and then three hammered copper letters that spell: "joy"
Here's a detail of one of the triangles:

Fun eh?
No... now the really fun part starts:
Applying the top coat to his head, hands and feet... then 
working on his body; ideas are spilling over in my silly head!
Thanks for taking a peek.

Hmmm... there may be some "big news" on the horizon!  
Blessings, Daryle

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013


I would have to say, I love the whole process of "becoming!"
This guy seems to be on the fast track as his personality 
emerges with each new application of paper clay, to his head.
(I love the flattened, rusty bottle cap applied to the heart)
The wooden stand has set the color scheme in motion
with yellow ochre, verdi green and terra cotta clay.
(click on the pic for a larger view)
Now to the hands and feet... Ugh!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Folk Art... Refining My Roots!

After months of "I just can't..."
I sat down recently at my work-table and realized I can!
And the dry-spell... creative cat-nap slump... seems to be lifted.
In an attempt to "refine my (folk art) roots" I have started
working on a new angel:  wood, fabric, and paper clay...
three of my favorite mediums!  Stay tuned... (wink!) Daryle 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Praying... or Preying?

I have always loved these guys! Growing up in Wisconsin  
we were more prone to find the well camouflaged Walking Stick
than the menacing Praying Mantis! I'm thinking this one is young; 
given the vibrant color and the fact that it's just barely 
the length of my index finger.  About four years ago we 
had a high population count; perhaps this too will be a good year!

The Cicada Cycle...

Early this a.m. (pre-dawn) a young Cicada emerged
from its nymph stage body... to its adult splendor!
It all played out on one of our resurrection lilies,
which just appeared this week.
After pouring my cup of coffee and snapping these
photos... some of our neighborhood ruffians (grey squirrels)
showed up on the scene... and one of them snatched
this poor Cicada right off the petal of the lily...
Munch, munch, munch...  and cicada saga came to an end!