Hi guys, good to be back! Let's get to it, I have a lot to cover.
Like I said, I've moved my workshop into the basement. Soon I'll move all my crafty stuff down there and have upstairs purely as a showroom. So here's my workshop so far. Sigh. A work in progress.
I heart dry brushing. It's easy, it dries fast and even when you do a major screw up, it looks awesome. I strongly recommend it for those heavy of hand and prone to mistakes like me.
I had one of these Barbie vanities. Was it a My Scene? The one that came with the leopard skin seat. It was originally peach I believe. I painted it brown and it was serviceable but the model paint began to chip over the years, so I dry brushed it. Behold:
It came out so well, I couldn't stop there. My next victim was the dining set I got in trade with Cat from Doll Affinity. I think this will go into Josephine's blue room. I forgot to take a picture, but you'll see it soon...
Buying 1:1 for 1:6
Do you ever find yourself buying something because you know when it's served its purpose for you, your dolls will use it? Of course you do.
Well when we realized with our second kid that buying 8 types of bottles to please her and properly fit in her mouth/stop causing gas/totally fix global warming was dumb and expensive, we found these sweet cheapos.
The Beauty of Ugliness
My friend Carey (the creator of the Year of...) and I love the beauty of ugliness. Like old rusted out factories, a half burned building, abandoned tractor, etc.
Our doll world is infected with pretty. If it's not the cutesy Barbie pink, it's the agonizing elegance of Fashion Royalty. I don't have a single ugly doll or chubby doll or anything particularly interesting.
This is why I wanted to make a skanky bathroom to go with my dive bar. Realism doesn't just mean the pretty side. I want to ugg it up!
Remember the Barbie horder pictures? What makes it brilliant is the realism. The disgusting realism.
I'm not finished with the walls, floor and ceiling yet, so here's a taste (done with coffee and watered down paint:
And I made some toilet paper rolls to go under the sink:
I've always loved paper. I think paper is what made me a writer. I love fresh notebooks. I will write on one page, then stick it on a shelf for a year. I knew I was nearing the time to work on doll art. This is tedious work for me and not at all inspiring until it's done (like reroots).
Then while in Chicago, the Hubs and I stopped by an art supply store and I found some beautiful paper. It was really inspiring. I've been working on some paper goods. Here are some basic paper lanterns (remember making those as kids?) with copper wire handles. I made these for Dani and Felix's wedding.
Man, don't I wish I just called them married and never promised to do a wedding! At this rate, it will be next year. And don't expect the big production. The real story of the wedding is everything happening before it. And the reception. But rest assured I'm still putting together props and figuring out if I should build a set or hold the ceremony outside. I wish GA would get snow regularly. A winter wedding would be gorgeous. Anyway, we'll see.
I don't know if you know this about me, but I'm obsessed with Brazil. The culture, the music, the people. I don't think I've ever felt as comfortable and at peace as I have in Brazil. But I have ONE Brasileira and she's just a side character that can't even bend? (Janaina-bartender and ex girlfriend of DJ Nadia) Wrongness.
So I was on Dark Beauty Doll's page and saw the Angelica Barbie (Penelope Cruz in Pirate of the Caribbean) and fell in love.
Then I bought that hot new Fashionista Ryan. There, two more Brasileiros! They will be the little sister and brother of Janaina. Angelica becomes Raimunda. (Pronounced High-MOON-Dah). Raimunda was Pene Cruz's character's name in Volver. Their brother will be Lucas. Together they are the da Silva family. Lucas is a high school student and Raimunda is the local sex bob-omb. PS: Friggin' Ryan has bendy arms but stiff legs! WHY Mattel?!! One step forward and two steps back with those folks.
Enjoying the washing machine in the back? Classy.
Me Without You
Really this break has been liberating. I noticed that if a project went badly, I just threw it out and began again. There's no rush or pressure. Tallulah's house was a boring color so I repainted it. The window seat I made looked crazy, so I tore it out and made French doors. The molding didn't feel right, so out it went! (The house is done. You'll see it in the next post).
I redid the park bench but decided it was the wrong material so out it went.
I'm even going to redo the Alurium Vaccarra because I found a better material for the walls. It feels very free to not answer to anyone. But like being single, it's also lonely not sharing my joy with you.
Many more projects being worked on, so stay tuned!