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

Monday, 31 July 2017

Troll Babies and Retiring Pixies

My doll making muse has finally made it back which is good as I have a show next week and I wanted some new items. Sadly the Cornish Pixie Elf muse is still missing and probably enjoying Mojitos on a nice beach somewhere.

So back to dolls I've made a fresh batch of Troll Babies there is four this year including two girls. I've decided to just have a small amount of these in the summer and the same will happen with the witch brooches I will just make so many in September ready for Halloween.

Cornish Dragon Troll Baby
Suli

Cornish Dragon Troll Baby
Ditid

Cornish Dragon Troll Baby
Zesa

Cornish Dragon Troll Baby
Kurzol

There will be a few larger dolls coming soon and I've written an list to remind myself, but there are more witches planned with possibly a large witch.

And now for the Cornish Pixie Elves and a few of them will be going to the retirement home for Cornish Pixies. Some of those are Halloween ones but I'm hoping to have some new Halloween and Christmas Cornish Pixies soon.

Cornish Dragon Cornish Pixie Elf
The Batty Family

Cornish Dragon Cornish Pixie Elf
The Sugars

Cornish Dragon Cornish Pixie Elf
The Daisies

Cornish Dragon Cornish Pixie Elf
Mummy

Cornish Dragon Cornish Pixie Elf
Spaceman

Cornish Dragon Cornish Pixie Elf
Spider

That's all for now as I have a large doll body to stuff and some mixed media canvas work to finish.

Until Next Time
Vic xxx

Monday, 10 July 2017

Whimsical and Spotty Pixie Elves.

I've been busy painting three new Cornish Pixie Elves one is a bit different to my usual style but it was nice to paint. So I painted two small Pixie elves in some new matt paint (I got some more matt chalk paints and shimmery paints) and the other is a larger pixie as I needed the larger size for the decoration.



Green spots Cornish Pixie Elf
Green Spots

 The green chalk paint is a really nice fresh colour and I really like it. The yellow in the bottle it looks like a clotted cream colour, but it dried to a pale ochre yellow. I teamed it up with a creamy felt hat at first I really wasn't sure but I have to admit I really like the more rustic look of the yellow.


Yellow spots Cornish Pixie Elf
Yellow Spots

I'm working on some new lines and I'm busy with some mixed media work amongst some other ideas. The mixed media work has been mainly painting whimsical girls in water colour and acrylic. As I wasn't sure what to paint I ended up painting one of my whimsical girls onto the larger Pixie Elf.

Whimsical Girl Cornish Pixie Elf
Whimsical Girl

All three of these will be available in my Etsy Shop over the next week and you may find them popping up on Facebook. I will also try to get the Mermaid canvases I have partially painted finished and then photographed ready to show you. And I'll be looking at retiring some of the Pixie Elves in the next few months as well as think about Halloween and Christmas Dolls and Pixie Elves. 

Until next time.
Vic xx