Friday 23 October 2015

2015 #19 Take Flight Art Doll {by Tracy Easson}

2015 Topic 19: Faces

Hi everyone Tracy here, joining you this evening with a post about creating a face using air dry clay. 

For someone addicted to doodling, painting faces imagine my joy at being asked to take part with the challenge theme " Faces ". I`ve had a hankering for a while to create an art doll so without further ado out came the clay and into my imagination I went, inspired by Eclectica (Sara Naumann) stamps ESN15.

Step One: Start by poking a hole in a polystyrene egg with a stick, wet the egg slightly with water, soften the clay in your hands, add a little to the egg at a time working it in until smooth.

Step Two: Create your very own facial features from clay before adding them to the egg, use a little water to fix them in place. ( I think I need more practice on the lips, lol )

Step Three: Take a Garlic Press, soften a little clay and push it through to create long and short strands of hair . . . Go wild!

Step Four: Time to add colour with Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint in Blush, Vanilla, Smurf and Haystack to her hair and face.

Step Five: By this time my girlie was telling me who she was and what she wanted! What did she want . . . she wanted wings, yes wings and thought the cute bird stamp along with the text stamp from ESN15 would work a treat.

Step Six: By this point I knew that she wanted to be called " Gertie ", have her own set of wings and wild hair . . . but she also needed to tell her story, so out came another sweet stamp from ESN15, stamped onto paper, snipped out and fixed in place with a little matte medium to her top.

I wanted to tie in Gertie with the words from ESN15 " Take Flight ", out came the clay to create a few little birds to nestle in her hair.

Gertie was so much fun to create, although not perfect I fell in love with her along the way. I hope she inspired you to take a lump of clay, get messy, paint and let your imagination run wild! You could create so many faces and add little details as I did with the birds or how about a keeper of the home with little houses atop her head or a boat to signify a journey . . . yikes off I go lol . . I can get carried away. Please just have fun and thank you for having me. Big hugs Tracy xoxo

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Oh Tracy this is such fun, thankyou for joining us this evening and bringing Gertie to life. The wings made from the bird body are just inspired, as are the added words, very fitting. She looks  abit like me first thing on a morning! ~Darcy

We would love you to join in with challenge #19: Faces If you are inspired by any of our guests who have blogged on this topic over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE. 

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. This link will close 19:00 (London Time) Oct 25th 2015.


JoFY said...

ooh she is lovely!! a great take on the theme. x

Julie Lee said...

What a lovely creation, Tracy. I really like the idea of creating the hair with a garlic press - great tip! The little birds in her hair look fab too! The sentiment is great and I just love how she's a bird lady, hatching out of an egg - just up my street! Imaginative use of Sara's lovely stamps too. xx

Ruth said...

I love Gorgeous Gertie! Fantastic moulded face and nest of hair. Great interpretation Tracy. Ruth x

Unknown said...

Really fun idea and just love her 'birds nest' hair! Great alternative use of Sarah's bird for the wings too.

Lesley Xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Oh Wow Tracy I love your girl. She is fabulous and so is your post with all the details. I'm so thrilled you shared this as I have my head on my stick and was thinking of you using paper clay for features etc but now I know what to do. So thank you. And great to see you here hugs Debs xx

Kirsten said...

Ooooh, Gertie is so sweet! And I love the little birds nestling in her hair. Wonderful project & thank you for all the photos, they're laways such a help.

Hazel Agnew said...

Thought that I commented yesterday but obviously failed! This is so inspirational....I must have a go.....she is fabulous!

Tracy said...

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on Gertie ☺ it was a joy being part of this challenge .. so many projects..tons of inspiration! Thank you for having me. Big hugs xxxx

Unknown said...

I'm inspired to play and reach into the depths of my whimsical soul. Thank you for the nudge.. love Gertie!

Giggles said...

Oh I love her she is so whimsical and fun! With great quote too!! Who would want to look at her everyday!!

Hugs Giggles

Etsuko said...

Fantastic creation! She is very lovely and fab cute birds too. Great idea. xxx