Well, I messed up the instructions for
joining May Monster Madness
So, now I'm looking in the windows
and trying to get past the doorman...
If you're here, you're coming with me
as I go through my day
making a new commission
for a two-headed doll.
Is she a monster?
Is she a they?
This is my second conjoined doll
and she's (they're?) a big girl.
(This was my first two-header.)
Design for the first head.
Design for the second.
The girls will be looking at each other.
The paper is crinkled because
I sketched this with watercolour pencils
(a gift from Wonderful Hubby)
and then washed over everything
with a damp calligraphy brush.
Sketch paper hates getting wet.
This sketch is drawn full scale,
about 19 inches,
on my BIG sketch pad.
(Thank you again, Wonderful Hubby!)
Two heads, stuffed legs,
torso and arms sewn.
The arms are only stuffed to the elbow
to allow for a simple cloth joint.
Heads joined to body,
This is a very satisfactory process
of making the paper clay wet
and smooshing it into the fabric.
When it's dry, it's there for good.
Hands and boot shapes sculpted.
Head painted and painted and painted again.
Arms and knees, painted (and sanded)
and painted (and sanded)
and painted again.
Freckles! My first ever!
Freckles and blushing.
Real brush strokes,
from real paint.
The two personalities emerging
One of them
is definitely trouble.
Sitting in my hand,
to show scale.
The drawers, pinned on for size.
They will have vintage lace, ribbons and roses
and the legs will be floppy and loose inside, to allow for posing.
Base of the boots.
Actually a pair of old doll shoes
covered in paper clay.
Yes, I know. I'm cheating.
The light's going, so these
are the last few photos.
Here they are, trying out their
chocolate brown wigs.
Green eyes + pale skin + dark hair = freckles!
And this is how far I got today!
They'd have their hair attached,
but, as you can see
with 100% humidity
I can't spray any varnish or sealant
over the paintwork.
(Doesn 100% humidity mean I should be under water?)
Here they are, as a tintype.
Thank you very much to everyone who
came along and joined in!
It's been wonderful to have you here,
following my work-in-progress day.
See them here,
Just a reminder...
Last few days to join the Oliver giveaways.
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