Thursday, 3 May 2018

New Art Dolls

Last week I mentioned in my last blog post about some new small Art Dolls I had made. They took a couple of weeks to make as I was busy with other things. I made a fairy, a hare / bunny and also a steampunk witch.

First we have Florence the Fairy with her basket of enchanted acorns and silver bells on her shoes. She also has a pair of glittery wings that also go with the glittery threads in her hair. 

Florence Art Doll
Florence
Next we have Thyme a Steampunk Witch, she specialises in time spells and has cogs and gears on her hat and carries a bottle of copper. 

Thyme Art Doll
Thyme

And lastly we have Harriet a Hare / Bunny Art Doll who has a fluffy tail, pompoms on her shoes and a bucket of flowering plants.

Thyme Art Doll
Harriet


The three dolls will be in my Etsy Shop over the next few days.
I shall be back to creating soon but I may be busy writing for a little bit before hand.

Until next time.
Vic. x






Thursday, 26 April 2018

Cornish Pixie News and Cornish Gnomes.

Firstly I have some news regarding the Cornish Pixies, some of you may know that I get the wooden bodies from a company in Sweden. They have supplied the UK for many years with craft items but sadly this year they took the decision to stop supplying to the UK. I luckily still have a few of the bodies in stock and also a few will be retiring so will be sanded down and repainted. The Cornish Pixies will be around for a little while yet, unfortunately I can't find another supplier that makes that shape, but I will keep looking and maybe even make my own. Because of this I revisited an idea I had a few years ago to make Gnomes. I made a couple of prototypes which helped with a few problems and then the Cornish Gnomes were born.

The Cornish Gnomes are possibly related to the Tomtes, Nisse and Scandinavian Gnomes, the pixies aren't sure when or how they arrived in Cornwall. But here are the first four Cornish Gnomes , they are made from felt with a bead nose and merino wool beards.

Frieda & Siguard Cornish Gnomes
Frieda & Siguard Cornish Gnomes
Frieda Cornish Gnomes
Frieda

Siguard Cornish Gnome
Siguard
Ralph & Margaret Cornish Gnomes
Ralph & Margaret Cornish Gnomes
Margaret Cornish Gnomes
Margaret 
Ralph  Cornish Gnome
Ralph

The Cornish Gnomes will be in my Etsy shop over the next few days along with some new small Art Dolls, which you will find more about in my next blog post.

Until next time
Vic xxx



Tuesday, 13 March 2018

New Art Dolls and Cornish Pixies

Last year I admit I was struggling with both my muse / mojo and family life. Which meant it was easier for me to write as it was difficult to keep getting out all my crafting items for just an hour here and there. The start of this year was the same and along with a bad cold I couldn't shake, which made things a challenge but a show was looming so I need something new.  So first I painted four new Cornish Pixies which I really enjoyed painting especially the Frog Prince.


frog prince cornish pixie
Frog Prince

feather cornish pixie
Feather Cornish Pixie

gecko cornish pixie
Gecko Cornish Pixie

orca cornish pixie
Orca Cornish Pixie

Recently I made two Art Dolls ready for another show. They are from a Sharon Mitchell pattern I bought as I wanted to try these types of doll. The pattern does require craft velour for the face and body, but I used the last of mine on Edgar the Troll, so I used cotton instead. Finding a candlestick base for them was harder but I did find two and they have worked well. So here are Cecille and Odette a bust statue art doll.

cecille art doll bust statue
Cecille

cecille art doll bust statue
Cecille

odette art doll bust statue
Odette

odette art doll bust statue
Odette
The dolls will be in my Etsy shop and hopefully they will have some company as I need to make some more of my smaller dolls.

Until next time
Vic xx

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Art Doll Round Robin

Last year I joined an Art Doll Facebook Group, it was set up so we could create a Round Robin Doll. Which basically meant that you create part of a doll each time then post off to the next person. As I like a challenge I thought I'd give it a try especially after seeing the first set of dolls they made. So I joined a small group of them and my first part to make was the head.

Painted art doll head
hand painted doll head

As always I like to challenge myself and I've always wanted to see if I could paint it instead of using pencils. So I got out my Acrylic paints and painted her face, it took a little time but I was pleased with how she turned out.  She then got posted off to another member and I received a head from some one else, so a body could be made and attached. These were then sent off and I added arms to the next doll, after that it was legs, clothes and finally hair.  It was lovely seeing each of the stages in the group as we added photos of what we had done. The finished dolls look amazing and I loved mine when I saw her picture, but I she was even more amazing when I got her back.

round robin art doll
completed doll
She's a beautiful doll and she will be placed in my bedroom when I get decorated. There will be another round robin soon but I'm busy with writing and other things that need to take priority so maybe I'll join if there is another.

round robin art doll
completed doll with hair and flower
I leave you for now and there are some more photos of the doll below.
Until next time
Vic xx

round robin art doll
Completed Doll

round robin art doll
knitted bag and flowers

round robin art doll
cute shoes




Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Christmas Cornish Pixie Elves 2017

This year I was struggling with what to paint for the Christmas Cornish Pixies, so I've painted snowflake ones again as I do like the simplicity of them. 

Blue Snowflake Cornish Pixie Elf
Blue Snowflake Cornish Pixie Elf

Snowflake Cornish Pixie Elf
Pink Snowflake Cornish Pixie Elf
 As you can see for this year I've not gone for traditional colours but used pink, blue, gold and a metallic black. 

Black Snowflake Cornish Pixie Elf

Snowflake Cornish Pixie Elf
Gold Snowflake Cornish Pixie Elf

Though I have used traditional red and green for two Patchwork heart Cornish Pixie Elves.


Patchwork Heart Cornish Pixie Elf
Patchwork Heart Cornish Pixie Elf

Patchwork Heart Cornish Pixie Elf
Patchwork Heart Cornish Pixie Elf

I was also tempted to paint some more snowy scene Snowmen again this year but instead I painted a Mailbox and a Postbox. 

Christmas Mail Cornish Pixie Elf
Christmas Mail Cornish Pixie Elf

Christmas Post Cornish Pixie Elf
Christmas Post Cornish Pixie Elf

I'm really pleased with the results of them and i even found time to paint some mini Cornish Pixie Elves which will be giveaway prizes for my next Facebook shows. 

Mini Cornish Pixie Elves
Mini Cornish Pixie Elves

Until next time
Vic xx





A doll revamp / makeover.

Do you remember this doll called Amberindia, I made her in 2014 and I'd been making art dolls for just over a year. 

Amberindia Autumn Fairy Art Doll.
Amberindia Autumn Fairy Art Doll.

She was great then but I've never been quite happy with her, so this week I finally decided to revamp her, essentially give her a makeover. So I chopped of her head and made a new one and gave her a new hairstyle in a different colour and style.  

Amber Autumn Fairy Art Doll
Amber Autumn Fairy Art Doll

Amber Autumn Fairy Art Doll
Amber Autumn Fairy Art Doll


I think it has transformed her and I prefer the way I do my faces now even though I still like to experiment. I was hoping to make more dolls this year but time is against me with editing book 2, shows and family life. But you never know I may find time to squeeze one in as I would like a new fairy for my christmas tree.

Until next time Vic xx

P.S. I still have the old head in my sewing box, it might get painted over and reused or I may pop it in a jar full of others next halloween. 




Monday, 9 October 2017

Witch Brooches and Introducing Edgar.

It's been a busy couple of months but I do have some new things to show you, but the Cornish Pixie Muse is still missing in action, I think it may have gone on a rather long world tour. So what have I been busy with well I've made this years Witch Brooches along with a Unicorn Girl and a finished off the large troll doll.

Unicorn art doll brooch
Nina Unicorn Girl
 Nina the Unicorn Girl was an experiment, I had made an error with her face so instead of throwing the head away I painted over the fabric and then painted her features. She has a whimsical quality to her with her gold horn and the sparkling threads in her hair

Witch art doll brooch
Cleo 

Witch art doll brooch
Dorothy

Witch art doll brooch
Rowena

I always enjoy making the Witches and I had planned to make a larger witch doll ready for Halloween but I've run out of time. But I think I will still make a large one and I certainly need to make a few more of the smaller witch dolls. 

So next I would like to introduce you to Edgar, he is Chief Fletcher to the Fae King of the Underworld. He was inspired partly by a character I've written in my Sidhe books, Midir is the Fae king of the Underworld and he has a Kings Bolt which got me thinking about Elf shot the Slaugh use. Not long after Julia Hay of Pandanimal had a show and she had made some beautiful lampwork arrowheads and the idea of Edgar took hold and after a few months I was finally able to make him. 

Edgar ooak art doll
Edgar


Edgar ooak art doll
Edgar

Making Edgar was easy enough how to construct the arrow was another thing entirely as I wanted black feather flights. All the black feathers I could find in craft shows were too downy, so I decided to use some thin craft foam which I painted. I glued the arrow head and foam feathers to a painted bamboo skewer and used copper wire as well. 

Edgar ooak art doll
Lampwork Glass Arrowhead
Edgar ooak art doll
Painted foam flights
I had intended for Edgar to have a hat and give him a steampunk vibe but I changed my mind, he was also going to have an apron but I felt he didn't really need it. 

Edgar ooak art doll
Edgar

The next few weeks I will try to get some Christmas Cornish Pixie Elves made along with a fairy for my christmas tree. Plus I will also be busy editing my next book ready for publication by the end of this year.

Until next time
Vic xx