Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Water Color -- Barn at Laurens, South Carolina

I took this picture of a barn in Laurens, South Carolina. A young man working nearby asked why I was interested in it. When I explained that I wanted to paint it, he told me the barn was his grandmother's. She used to keep a mule on one side and a cow on the other.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Olivia's Very First Baby Doll

At last, she's ready to play with dolls. Olivia became obsessed with getting into the diaper drawer and and diapering every stuffed animal she has. The family cats wouldn't cooperate, or they'd be in diapers too.

Baby Doll
So, Baby Doll came to life on Nana's sewing machine.

The eyes are painted with acrylic craft paint.
The hair, eyelashes, nose, and mouth are drawn on with Sharpie.

The doll pattern is a freebie from
Fairfield Fabrics website.
The diaper pattern was free too,
but it was too big so I had to re-draw it.

The dress is a simple T-shape, open down the back with velcro fasteners. I found it in an old pattern bought years ago.

Of course, every baby needs a quilt

 . . . and a few new dresses with matching diapers

. . . and a diaper bag, changing pad, and wipes
After Baby Doll went to her new home, Nana just had to make another one, including all the accessories, to live at her house.


Colored Pencil Rooster

Over the years, I have collected an alarmingly large assortment of different art media. Each one has been played with a little bit, but none of them has been explored thoroughly.

I've been working on smaller things lately, so I thought this would be a perfect time to try some experimenting with colored pencil.

This 5x7 inch rooster was created using Prismacolor pencils on 140 Lb Arches
watercolor paper.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hand Painted Cloth Doll

Louella Rose
 This doll was made from a pattern that was published in Cloth Doll Magazine. She is made in the style of doll maker Isannah Walker.

After cutting out her body I painted her face with acrylic craft paint and added detail with a sepia Pitt pen. I sewed and stuffed the body, then painted her hair. I also painted her shoes. I brushed clear acrylic sealer
on her head, lower arms, and lower legs. After sewing lace to her boot tops, she was dressed in pantaloons, dress, pinafore, and bonnett.

She was so much fun to make, I have sewn about eight of them, each with different faces and clothes, and of course, names.

Market Baskets

My daughter joined an organic farm co-op last summer and asked me to make some baskets for her to use while picking up her vegetables. They measure 12x16 inches at the base and are 9 inches high. I used a black Pitt marker to draw the vegetable and strawberry designs and then colored them with oil based
colored pencils.