Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Contessa


Oh my poor blog. Do y'all ever feel like there is just never enough time in a day.....I'm sure you do!! With summer vacation in the near future for my little one I fear I will have even less time for creating and blogging, on the bright side there will be lots of play, swimming and hanging out with my very favorite doll:)


Meet Contessa. Contessa was a number of firsts for me. She is the first pose-able doll I've made that can actually sit and stand. OzlemAkin's zany dolls was the inspiration for me. I've been wanting to do try this for awhile and I was pleasantly surprised to find it easier than I anticipated.


Contessa also came about in a rather weird way. When I sat down to create her I realized I had no Super Sculpey (the clay I usually use for my dolls) I also had no car to go get any clay. What I did have was a bunch of black clay. So I said what the heck and I sculpted her entirely out of black clay. I sponged on a bunch of layers of acrylic paint after firing and added some pastels. I completely love the effect and will definitely be doing more. It's funny how sometimes what seems like a bad thing (not having clay) can turn into a great thing!!







12 comments:

Yve said...

It's weird, you can see there's something different about her skin tone, quite eerie, happy accident! I could use a few of those!

I love the knitted dress, I can't knit to save my life, she's fab :o)

LoopyBoopy said...

Thanks Yve. I know it's funny how small things make a big difference.


Little secret....I don't knit either:) Her dress is a vintage Ginny doll dress. I love the vintage style of these clothes plus they fit my dolls perfectly!!

Kaerie Faerie said...

She turned out great, love the experiments going on over there, sometimes we have to make do, and we have to create
Karey

Zan Asha said...

Haha..I know about the "not having time" thing!

Contessa is amazing--I know about the dark undercolor making for rich painting--she is definitely unique! :) I love "happy accidents", too!

ODD imagination said...

I love using black as a base and dry brushing the color on. I have to say Colleen when I saw this doll I thought - Now THIS is LoopyBoopy!!! Love her bunches!

Pattee said...

Your so clever....
I love the look of this doll, plus she's just cool~

I've got to dress poor Sarah... She's going with to a brunch in Seattle this week-end LOL!
Pattee

LoopyBoopy said...

Zan and Odd..y'all coulda clued me in awhile back..come on try and make this easier for me..LOL.

I took Contessa on location for some photos and she responded very well. Had to change photos to the 'artsy' ones:)

Pattee, I'm so excited about Sarah being with you. I just know she is having a blast!!

DellaRae said...

Colleen,
I love the picture of Contessa on the park bench. She looks like she's waiting for someone to come and take her home.

3rdEyeMuse said...

she's such a delight & I have to say that I do love the effect of her skin tone ... and that great outfit, too!

three cheers for happy accidents!

dollproject said...

I agree with the lack of supplies enhancing creativity. Some of my best work has come about when I didn't have 'the right' supplies.

I hope you have a lovely summer with your doll :].

ozlemakin said...

I'm flattered to hear that I was able to inspire you :)
She looks lovely, and I'm also happy to hear that making sitting and standing dolls is not a mystery to you anymore..

Cheers..



http://madebyozlemakin.blogspot.com

Deirdra Doan said...

Is there directions on how to make a posing doll??? You use sulpty not femo? I haven't tried doing baked clay dolls yet.

I love painting over a dark color that is what I do over black or darks then I leave a little lines around lips and eyes...I like the way the paint shows through.