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
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).