As you may know, I've been dabbling with doll making. It's just an extension of my regular sculpting, only with the complication of moveable arms and legs. In the case of these two characters, just arms! Sadly, my first attempts to paint them were disastrous, the air hardening clay seemed to react badly with my acrylics. Fine if I wanted to create little zombies, but I didn't want a scarey Christmas display!
I coated the sculptures with a layer of PVA glue and then the acrylic worked perfectly.
My next dilema was what fabric to use. Did I want a lacey traditional Angel, or one with a vintage feel? Just lately I've been a tad inspired by a certain vintage Mermaid, so this spotty fabric seemed nicely retro.
The Moomin loved the idea of a vintage Angel and so I decided to give this little one a chic and snappy bob haircut. I'm sure it was coincidental, but I've just had my own hair cut similarly!
I added a luscious feather trim to the hem of her dress, and some filmy wings completed my new tree Angel.
I think she has a very 1930's look to her and apart from the fact that her namesake screamed a heck of a lot, when I was a child, I desperately wanted to be Fay Wray!!! Now I have my very own miniature version.
Talking of vintage goodies, these delightful boxes were reluctantly on their way to the charity shop, as I couldn't come up with a use for them. As I looked woefully at my sewing box, stuffed to bursting point with buttons, beads and trims, it suddenly came to me.
Ribbons and trims in the smallest box, vintage fabric and scraps in the middle box, and WIP's in the big box. Then the three boxes can stack in the kitchen without looking messy or cluttered. Perfect :) All I need now are some new shelflings ;)