As you know I'm part of the Craft Pimp forum and some of us joined in a Secret Swap. The rules of the swap were to only use supplies already in your stash no buying anything new, to be no bigger than a postcard and must be for the theme of either Midsummer Madness or the Nazca Lines. The Midsummer Madness did appeal to me but I ended up talking myself out of it as I knew I would be limited by my stash and I felt my skills might be lacking. So I decided on the Nazca Lines, the lines in Southern Peru and are fascinating, but how was I going to interpret them. I flicked through a few of my craft books and considered polymer clay but then I thought about a small stump cloth art doll.
As I started on the face I decided to take photos of each stage, something I had been thinking of doing for a while. As you can see from the pictures below each stage of the face marking out drawing in and then colouring and blending in the colours to bring the face to life. I have to admit it's my favourite part colouring in the face and I really love how this one turned out.
Next I gave the doll a royal blue silk dress and covered it with a orange / red shot taffeta coat. On the coat I used a yellow thread to sew the Nazca lines, the front I decorated it with the Spider and Labyrinth lines and on the back I put the Humming Bird as there was more room.
To finish off I added a blue button and black merino wool for her hair and I was pleased with how she turned out. I think if I was able to buy extras she would have been a completely different doll. Making the doll has also given me a few new ideas to make perhaps smaller stump dolls or even spirit / dream dolls.
My next project will be a big doll for another challenge on the facebook Jan Horrox Doll group.
Until next time