I created Merina Darkmoon by first constructing the body from cloth and polyfill. I found recycled fabrics in my stash of donated shirts,skirts,paints and scarves and put together a beautifully original mermaid tail and real sea shells and crystal like beads to make her sparkle a bit.Her hair was cut up pieces of fabric strips that I braided and then hand sewed onto her head individually. I like to use two different colors or different fabric with patterns to make the locks have an energy to them. Her face was created using acrylic paints. I am really proud of the detail I was able achieve with this one. It took me about 4yrs to finish this one. I hope you enjoy viewing her. She is for sale at my etsy shop at http://www.darkmoondoll.etsy.com/
Monday, June 14, 2010
I had a lot of fun creating Zombilla. She is created using all recycled fabrics and materials. All handsewn by me. Her hair was constructed by making each individul dreadlock and then sewing on to her head. Each dread was created using two strips of stretchy cotton fabric and then sewing them together creating a tube. I then stuff the tube and then attach to her head. Her dress was created by altering an asian doll shirt a friend gave me and a lace and sequins skirt a friend gave to me. I then created her stockings using a black and white striped tank I use to own which was from the thriftstore. I then made her maryjane shoes using black cotton fabric. On the other side of Zombilla there is fishnet stocking I created using netting from a produce bag. She is now on my etsy shop for sale. Feel free to stop by.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
To create Skully I piled up all the dryer lint I had been saving for a week into a bowl along with a whole bottle of glue. I mixed the glue and lint with my hands and it is very stick and messy but I like sticky and messy. I never was a clean and neat artist. All that matters is that the finished art creation is not sticky and messy. After I mixed the clay to the right consistency I formed the body ,legs,arms,and head all in one form. It took about 3weeks to dry because of the weird weather we've been experiencing here in California. Once the body was dry I put a primer of white acrylic paints on the entire body. This layer of paint took about a week to dry. And then I put in the finer details with painting the shirt with black and red stripes and skull and the black paints and shoes. I like lint clay better than polymer clay for the fact that it dries very had and solid and is not as fragile. I posted Skully on my etsy shop. darkmoondoll.etsy.com
Monday, May 10, 2010
Hello it is a new year and I have not post anything. It is already May and I wonder where all of the time has gone. I am so busy with raising my son and keeping up with basic household chores that I haven't had time to post some thoughts or images about my creations that I have been posting on etsy. I get a bit overwhelmed with life and some things get put to the side but today I thought would just discuss one creation I have completed and you can see also on my etsy as well. The creation I would like to talk about today is Chakka Darkmoon.
Chakka Darkmoon is a doll that has gone through considerable transformation. When I was in my backyard watering my garden about two years ago I looked over at my compost pile and found a doll lying on top of it. I surprised to see it there. It definitely meant to be for me to create another repainted art doll. I had no idea how or what she was to become but I was excited non the less about a new project.
I first applied a coating of green oil paint to her from head to toe. Luckily it was summer time because if not it would have taken a life time to dry. The drying on that was about a month in the direct sun.
Next, I applied each individual tattoo design instinctively using oil paints as well. I waited another month before she was completely dry. It wasn't until last year that I added her black faux fur mohawk. The finishing touch was created this year with the some bird feathers that I found in my backyard. I believe two of them to be Mourning Dove feathers and the small fuzzy one on her forehead is a turkey feather.
When she was complete I felt like I was staring back at another side of myself. It was the growth of two years through created Chakka that I saw all life's lessons learned.
I realized that the symbols that I instinctively painted on her body were universal and that anyone could feel a connection to the spiritual tribalness of her.
She,to me, expresses what we as humans really were once upon a time when we did not feel the need to commit to the ways of living the 9-5 techno instant gratification computer age world.
I long for a time when the earth gets back to basics and is allowed to heal.
I hope you enjoy her as much as I enjoyed creating her. I will try to write everyday about the creations I have listed on my etsy and the works I have in progress. Thank you all who have taken the time to stop by to read my words and see my creations.
Love to you and yours,
And remember, within the dark you can find the light.