Friday, December 6, 2019

Nutcracker Soft Body doll with Bead joints and movable head

Nutcracker Soft Body doll with Bead joints and movable head








This is a fun Holiday doll that I deciDed to make this year. I was inspired by antique and vintage toys. 

15.5 inches tall

This adorable Nutcracker is very festive and is made with the inspiration of the vintage toys. However, this is not a toy and is to be meant more of a collectible item. She is made entirely by hand. She is made to look like she is made out of wood, however, she is made with a combination of stone clay and fabric.

Her head can move as well as her arms and legs. The ball joints are treated with gold leaf and serve as an articulated points on this doll's limbs. AND THE HEAD MOVES!


Fun and festive creation made to make your Christmas magical!

Love, Elena




Christmas Tree Keto Pancakes

Christmas Tree Keto Pancakes




I made some Christmas Tree Pancakes for my kids this morning. This is also ok for any adult, especially for all of us who are watching what we eat. This recipe is KETO friendly and it is super simple to make.

Here's what I did: I took my favorite pancake recipe and replaced some ingredients with KETO friendly once.

ELENA'S KETO CHRISTMAS TREE PANCAKES:

1-1.5 cups Coconut or Almond Flour
4-5 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 tsp baking soda
1 Table spoon Maple Syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Around 0.5 - 1 Cup of Whole milk.
EXTRAS: Green food coloring and Christmas Tree cookie cutter

Use Coconut Oil on your pan to fry the pancakes.

Combine all dry ingredients first, then add eggs, vanilla  and maple syrup. You can totally skip the syrup if you prefer to stay sugar free. Finally, gradually add the milk, making use the consistency of the batter is somewhat liquid. It is completely up to your liking. I like my pancakes thin, so I add more milk. Experiment with flour and liquid proportions, see what works best for you.

Add green food coloring (just a few drops) to add the green color and start cooking by placing the batter on a hot frying pan greased with coconut oil.

When pancakes develop small bubbles on the surface it is a perfect time to flip them. Once they are ready, place them on a plate and use a cookie cutter to cut our the shapes. Decorate with berries and serve with maple syrup.

Bon appetite!




Happy Holidays!




Monday, September 23, 2019

Miniature polymer clay deer

Miniature polymer clay deer

I was playing around with clay the other day and decided to make this tine deer in polymer clay. So cute, she fits right into my hand!




I am finishing making tiny apples for her. 

Xo, Elena

Alice in Wonderland art clay bust in magazine

Here's a little article about my Alice, (original clay bust) in AforArtistic e-Magazine, Winter 2019 issue.












Alice in Wonderland Bust clay sculpture by Elena Loukianova

Alice Bust clay sculpture

My Alice

One of a kind art piece, made with Japanese air dry clay and mixed media.






Here' are some additional photos in progress for Alice in wonderland art sculpture:










Sunday, October 14, 2018

NEW Antique Dolls - Doll making Tutorial - instant download

NEW Antique Dolls  - Doll making Tutorial






Welcome to my world of fantasy artwork! I love designing, creating, sculpting, painting, sewing and decorating. It is so much fun to make something with your own hands, so satisfying!
I am excited to share with you my techniques I have developed for over 10 years of making art dolls and over thirty years of creating artwork. Whether you are using a sculpting method to create your art figures or sewing them, don’t you just feel the need once in a while just to play with beads, lace, buttons and ribbons? Admit it, we artists, love this stuff! What about tiny little flowers, rhinestones and lace? Did I mention experimenting with paints and antiquing the surface? Not on the box or another prop, but right on the doll! We will even patina some silver!
I have to confess: I absolutely love taking something new and “aging” it! It is so much fun to see it “grow old” in front of your eyes.
Maybe you can make your own fun memories by creating a doll of your childhood, something that you used to have a long time ago and forgot all about?
I will be using paperclay for this project, but please, don’t let it stop you, if you prefer polymer clay. The techniques I use will surely work on it as well!
As a little girl I never had lots of dolls. My favorite doll was the one I once found in a sandbox outside my house.
I can’t wait for you to join me on this heart warming project – making something for yourself. This project is a blank canvas, just play along and fill it with things that matter only TO YOU. ELENA



Here are more pages from the this ebook:












Elena’s Ultimate Sculpting Tool Set

Elena’s Ultimate Sculpting Tool Set

I have collected all the tools necessary to make the sculpting process more fun and enjoyable into this Ultimate sculpting tool set that I recommend using with art doll making. It applies to working with both Polymer clays and Air dry clays.

It contains 18 pieces plus 1 x wire armature, ready to a 7 inch figure.


The tools used in this set are:

1. Elena’s ultimate sculpting tool. I have searched and searched and finally I designed myself a double spoon tool made with wood. It has two curved shapes in a form of a smooth spoon, one on each end. This helps sculpting figures different sizes. That’s why I included two tools to cover a variety of sizes for your convenience.
2. Metal spoon tool. For those who love working with metal tools more than with wood once, this tool is an excellent help for shaping stubborn clay pieces. Although I myself mostly use wooden tools for my main sculpting, I still use this beautiful tool for certain tasks quite often. Because of its smooth surface, it is great for smoothing large areas very efficiently.
3. Wire armature, designed to serve as a skeleton for a 7-inch figure. All ready to go.
4. Extra fine painting brushes. Excellent to get those tiny details on the face and nails just right.
5. One of the most versatile combinations – Ball stylus tools in a variety of sizes (5 pieces) on one end and a soft Rubber Tip on the other.
6. Mini clay roller, indispensable when getting the thickness of the clay right size.
7. Sculpting brushes. At point in your work, especially at the end, you realize that you are ready to bring the features to a nice and smooth end, right before baking or letting your creation dry. This is where these angular synthetic brushes come in. They will help to get into fine lines and hard to reach areas.
8. Mini callipers. You know how important it is to keep the proportions right. Because you are working in 3D, you keep checking for symmetry constantly and this little gadget is very useful for this type of measuring, considering that it is also very compact and will fit into your tool set pouch.
9. Cute pouch that keeps all of your tools together. (Sweets designs on the pouch might vary).