Monday, March 18, 2013

Learning As I Go

I'm experimenting again!  This time I followed the tutorial by Gritty Jane wherein she made a 'healing doll' using newspaper and paperclay.

After wadding up newspaper I covered it with masking tape.   The arms and legs were a little bit more of a challenge for me with the legs ending up longer than I had anticipated.  But turning up the ends to make feet (for shoes later on?) I found they would be just right.

After that came the paperclay covering - and as you can see by these pictures there is step after step of paperclay for one section has to dry before I can move on to another.

My lesson learned as I kept applying clay, was that this type of figure is going to be very 'irregular'.  Its impossible, with this format, to create the same exact doll each and every time. This is a good lesson for me.  It gives me freedom to experiment (whether I like it or not) and to not box myself in with the thought that each one of this series should look like the last one.  Patience Penny, patience!

"The combination of experience and experimentation will ultimately yield a personal sound." - Mark White



  1. ..looks like you may need to make a couple of empty whiskey bottles to sit by his side :-)

    Maybe he could be called Jack Daniel?

    x C

  2. It seems to me that freeing yourself to experiment more has to be good here. The goal isn't to produce perfect carbon copies, but individual characters - which I think sounds like more fun anyway!

  3. Looks like a cool technique. I'm sure you will make it great!

  4. We can't get bored by making the same thing over and over, right? I love that you are having so much fun with that paper clay. I looked at it in Jo Ann's but didnt have a good idea for it so I didnt buy it. But I have a feeling you will get me into it yet! Your little guy really came to life for me in the last photo. Has he started conversing with your other dolls in the middle of night yet? ;)

  5. This guy is great..each doll is supposed to have its own personality whether it is created in creating the body, or the dressing. I feel you are taking many steps into unique and for me, THAT is perfection. He is a little off balance and I can't wait to see how it develops his personality.
    xx, Carol

  6. Experimenting and being creative - paving the way for such rewarding outcomes. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with him next.

  7. ahhh, patience is so Hard! But look at the wonderful dolls you have been bringing to life!! So very worth it!

  8. Patience... you've got buckets of it! Perhaps a glass of wine or two would help too!



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