Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Moving on in life... my latest listing isn't a miniature!

Although I spend most of my artistic energy on miniatures, I do work in other mediums. I like to make jewelry, wreaths, collages, water color, alter books and clothes and dolls... basically I'm always collecting things and making messes. I have a lot of porcelain dolls in various states of usage. About a year ago, I played with different surface treatments on these. I gessoed heavily and dry brushed to pick up the texture. I did a matte spray and then inked. I then tried a combination of crackling with 2 colors. About 2 days ago, one of my taller dolls, a 16" porcelain beauty caught my attention. I had painted her a base of deep red then crackled on a pale gray. I was going to make her a vampire but never finished.
I have an article in the free AIM magazine about my altered art dolls, Issue May 2010 on page 72. http://www.scribd.com/full/30774876?access_key=key-2l20kuni9h3qddn6sz5f
Now, you all know I love to Steampunk! My wheels and gears are turning... I had the cutest pair of brass and dark glass doll spectacles that I picked up at a doll fair in the Spring. I also have a collection of miniature hats in different shapes and I really like my black felt top hats. Hmm, also have some vintage watch pieces and new charms to use. Well, it all came together and the nameless doll has become "Steampunk Sally" !

I imagine that she is a little orphan ghost who walks about collecting trinkets, talking to crickets, and generally minding her own business - although your watch might come up missing if she passes by! She is a bit lonely and so I gave her a pensive pouty look, using ink and acrylics over the crackle base.
All of Sally's trinkets, clothes, and hat can be removed so her outfits can evolve. I spent quite of bit of time playing with her attire. The dress has been soaked in a combination of dark cocoa and chicory for a deep rusted color... they still smell delicious! I added layers of vintage lace and polka dot fabric, fraying edges and adding stiches for a distressed look. Her brooch is removable and able to be worn. It is an assemblage piece with a tiny vintage doily, a black cherub in a cloud of pearls, and streamers of ribbon and charms. The hat is a felt base. I wrapped silver and black knit on the brim, applied 3 layers of veiling in the back, and finished with a skeleton band, mushroom sprouts, and clock bits. I made little striped stocking to match. Sally has brown leather shoes tied with satin ribbon, a little bouquet of moss and mushrooms, and her spectacles.
Steampunk Sally is available in my Etsy shop at: http://www.etsy.com/listing/49937547/steampunk-sally-ooak-altered-porcelain

7 comments:

Debie Lyons said...

She is great Grim. I too work in various other media and its good to do this. I find that experimenting and messing around with other things sometimes gives me extra inspiration for the minis.
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.

Debie xxxxxxxxx

Debbie said...

Very clever ideas Grim. Thanks for sharing them with us. I Love what you've done to her Hat..xxx

Kat The Hat Lady said...

I love steampunk Sally and the little hat, love your blog page always fun it interesting to read keep up the good work and your fantastic creations.

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Wooooooo . . .Grim! Steampunk Sally may give me nightmares! She is one haunting little lady! I used to make full sized porcelain dolls--nothing like your Sally! LOL! I have wondered lately if full-sized baby dolls would sell on Etsy. I'm sure Sally will find a special home.

Jody--thank you for the kind anniversary wishes!

Tallulah Belle said...

Wow this is so different. I just love it.

I've never really been into anything like this but since I've been making all these witchy wacky commissions I am starting to come around :-)

Little Messy Missy said...

I LOVE Steampunk!!! I just made 12 steampunk charms for a swap!! Great job!

Mincka said...

Great work!!! and congratulations with your article in AIM

hugs, Mincka

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