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In time for Halloween – Sera, a ooak Monster High Skelita!

What a lovely fall Sunday it is! The leaves are turning, there’s a fresh briskness to the air and yesterday we visited the fall harvest fair near me! Definitely the season is changing, Halloween is around the corner….

I have added more to this ooak Skelita Monster High doll. I have tweaked her paint, changed her hairstyle some, added a bracelet and some kickass shoes! She is up on ebay for a one week run. Hope you like her. Here is a link and a couple of pics to whet your appetite!

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Sera’s ooak Skull Shoes by awsumgal.

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Sera Skelita eBay auction… CLICK HERE

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

~awsumgal

 

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The Artist is a Lonely Hunter

I know I haven’t written in a really long time. You know how it is, life kicks you in the can and sometimes it takes a while to get your mojo back. It’s not back yet, but it does visit from time to time, lol. I’ve been working as much as I can. It’s a mental marathon so there are moments of blank slate and nothing beats a blank slate like a break and a little life experience.

Creating is a leap of faith and an exposure. Every time you go into your studio you lay yourself bare. To interest, to ridicule, judgement and worst of all total apathy. No one likes negative attention, but creating in a void is worse.

Sometimes, as often as you can, you just need to keep going. Creators can’t stop anyway, even if they want to. It’s part of their make-up. When your favourite creator goes quiet and you think, hey, I haven’t seen them in a while… doesn’t mean they aren’t creating, it just means they don’t want to show what they’ve done. Maybe it’s a personal project that isn’t for public consumption, maybe it’s something that struggled to get out when the artist was supposed to be working on something else, or maybe it’s just that they aren’t as proud of it as they usually are or try to be, or maybe someone has sapped their confidence for a minute. …

It looks easy sometimes but I assure you it isn’t. Creators make a million little decisions that make up the final result. A million little decisions about colours and fabric and shape and intent and meaning and size and in my case hair and face and accessories….. Your resolve needs to be rock solid because every where you go in meatspace and online, people feel very free to ask why you do things the way you do and wouldn’t it look better like this and why do you do this anyway? Seriously, no one asks a -insert pretty much any profession here- why they waste time doing that. The world needs art and inspiration of all kinds. Who hasn’t been inspired by something? Music, writing, painting…

If an artist is lucky, they have a support system. People who love them in spite of their quirks, their preoccupations, their overly focused attention on whatever project or subject they’re working on. We need encouragement at inconvenient times, we have long memories and use everything in our work. Honestly though, no one really understands the process except another artist. We often dream of collaboration but find it difficult to achieve. It’s ridiculously personal and yet, connection and communication with people is what we strive for.

It’s most often a lonely road, so feel free to thank and hug your favorite artist as often as you can!

Peace

~awsumgal

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Frozen outfits all done and off to their new home :o)

The Frozen outfits are all finished and have been sent off to their new home. They’ve likely even already arrived! I’ve been meaning to show some of the final pics for days now, but life has been kicking my ass all over town recently so there’s that.

It’s a funny thing when a project that you’ve had inhabiting your head for some time is finally done. It’s a denouement of sorts. This project consuming your waking thoughts is …. done! Not to say that’s a bad thing – just different. Time to switch gears and think of something else. Sometimes it’s hard to turn off.

I am very pleased with the end results. The look, the feel, it’s all what I was hoping for. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to really get something just right. I know that sometimes I redo things that would be ok as they are, but for me, just ok, is kind of disappointing. I want the thing to be the best I can make it, otherwise I’ll always be reminded of the improvement I didn’t make and I don’t like that!

That’s probably why these things take me so long to complete. I like to take my time and do things carefully. Sometimes I find I need to go away from a project and put my mind to something else in order to formulate a solution to a puzzle that’s dogging me. This can look like I’m not working on what I should be working on, but nothing could be further from the truth!

At any rate, I’ve blathered on enough already, so here are some final photos of Anna’s and Elsa’s dresses. (I did a couple of quick doppleganger girls to show off the outfits, but these heads were just for the pics….)

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Frozen – Anna outfit WIP 3

I’ve continued the work on the details of Anna’s outfit and I’ve made lots of progress :)

I showed the embroidery on her vest last time and I’ve just finished all the decoration on her blue skirt. I used fabric paint as I thought I would after going back to the store for some better colour options. I mixed a couple of different blues for the floral motifs and of course the magenta bloom according to the drawings. Painting so small was a bit finicky and one has to be in the right frame of mind to do this. Brushes were too big for this so I wound up using a pin, lol!

Speaking of pins, I used a pin board (for quilting) covered with a layer of plastic for protection to secure the skirt and keep it taut and still while I painted. Seemed to work ok :)

No paint, just pinned and ready to go ……

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Scalloped edge first. This took a number of coats.

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Then some of the florals…..

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And some more florals….

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Last, the magenta stylized blooms….

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I continued sewing up her collared, two layer cape. Some I did with the machine and the rest I did by hand. It will need the pretty edging, but I finished the front clasp. I’ve used sterling silver plated copper wire and hand turned it to the right shape before sewing it to the cape. I’ve added some silver beads to finish the look. There is a hook and corresponding loop hidden under the decorative wire clasp so that it can be fastened closed.

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The last big thing for Anna will be her boots. I’ve made careful note of the designs on the fronts of them, and that’s what I’ll be working on next. Then fasteners on the skirt, vest, Elsa’s dress and finally attaching Elsa’s snowflake cape and this project will be complete!

Thanks so much for reading!

~awsumgal

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Frozen Anna’s Outfit WIP 2

I’ve been a little too busy working on both Anna and Elsa’s outfits to write much in the last week or so, but I’ve tried to take pictures!

Yesterday was a very productive day for Anna’s costume :) When I last showed it, the outfit was all cut out (except for the cape) and waiting to be assembled. I have done that now….

The reclaimed Kimono silk was perfect for her shirt and great to work with even with such tiny pattern pieces. It presses beautifully too. Here’s the shirt all ready to wear :) The sleeves are faced and have a bead button closure do it will fit over the dolls hand and still be a close fit when done up.

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Then I went to work on the skirt. I wanted to faithfully represent the top pleat look so I’ve pressed them so they stay in place. I might steam out the hard edge later. I’ll reserve judgement and see how it hangs after I add the decoration….

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I’ve added a waistband and now it’s ready for paint.

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I did consider embroidery and even piecing the blue scallops, but I think paint will look better. I will testing the paint on some spare fabric today to make sure it’s going to work. If I don’t like it I will go come up with another solution :)

The Vest

Ah, the vest!

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It’s the cutest part of her outfit :) For this I’ve used a beautiful black wool and pieced together a form fitting shell. For the gold edging I first tried a hand sewn blanket, over edge stitch, but I didn’t like it. It wasn’t solid gold enough. Too much wool showed between the stitches and adding more stitches just made it look messy, so I took that out. I didn’t want to use paint here because the surface of the wool is not flat and smooth and trying to get a clean hard edge with paint wasn’t going to work. I have some gold cord, but it wasn’t wide enough, so I braided it and set it with adhesive so it won’t fray (but I still knotted it at every cut end to be sure) let it dry and then sewed it with gold thread to all of the edges of the vest. It’s exactly how I wanted it to look!

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As you can see, I’ve made a rough mock up of the embroidery placement and colour so I have something to look at while I’m stitching…..

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Then I began the fun part (well it’s all fun really isn’t it, lol!) The embroidery :) I got all of the colours of thread ready, threaded them all up and set to work. Flowers first, their placement is of paramount importance!

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Dots in yellow and blue and stems and leaves in green followed. It’s a little tricky to make things perfectly symmetrical on a tiny scale. Here it is with lots of the embroidery in place :)

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If I can squeeze more embroidery onto this tiny vest, I will, but I may be out of room :o/

Then on to her magenta cape! Such an interesting cape it is too :)

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Still lots to do on the cape. It’ll need edging when it’s all put together.

Ok, here’s one last image tonight of the first paint test on the blue skirt fabric….

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The yellow is fabric paint and the blue and magenta dots are acrylic paint as is the blue scallop. The fabric paint doesn’t bleed, at all. The acrylic does if I thin it too much. The fabric paint is a little thick and might be difficult to get fine, thin lines with. I’ll try some fine lines with a smaller brush tomorrow, but that’s enough for me today, phew!

Thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

 

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