I am so excited! I will be taking a 3 day doll make class with the lovely and talented Kate Church this weekend. We will be making a doll sitting on a wheeled animal(similar to above)... I promise to show you my project once it is done.
I have taken several workshops from Kate and I am looking forward to this one. She is generous and kind and shares so much of her knowledge.
For graduation my mom wanted to get me something fun, something that she knew I would enjoy but wouldn't buy for myself so she got me the Cricut Maker die cut machine.
I have an industrial die cut machine from when I owned my retail store but it is old and heavy. Don't get me wrong, I still love it but this new machine does everything that my old industrial machine does and more. It is also lighter, quieter, and much smaller. Hobby technology has finally caught up to my beloved Pazzle pro.
The only thing I don't like about Cricut is their design space software. It is very limiting. To create new designs I still need to use my Pazzle software or Adobe Illustrator. I will learn their software but I'm sure I'll be using my own software since it is much more powerful and once I design something I can upload it to design space... an extra step but so much easier than trying to work in design space.
Overall I am thrilled with this new toy. I've already created a cutting file for a top hat to fit the size dolls I make. I need to make a few adjustments to the pattern but it cut beautifully and I can resize it to the exact size I need.
I see lots of fun ways to utilize this machine in my sculpting. Mostly for making clothing. I am working on a bustier pattern and a skirt pattern. Once I get a basic pattern designed I can customize and resize it as needed. Now if I only had a few weeks off work to play!
I am finally able to relax... I finished my degree. I'm heading to Las Vegas soon to walk in the graduation ceremony. I am taking the summer off and then we'll see. I may go back to complete my MBA, I may not :0)
Below is a picture of the steampunk fairy I made in the Deb Wood class I took in Florida. To say my skill level increased is an under-statement! Deb is an amazing instructor. She didn't take over, she instructed. When I had a problem or just couldn't' figure something out she would show me, but she would not do it all for me.
I am thrilled with how this turned out. I am looking forward to sculpting more often now that school is over.
I will post more pictures of class and this amazing fairy soon.
Now that school is over I am going to finish the ball jointed steampunk doll.
Lately my life has been crazy. I seem to say that a lot but this time it was truly out of control. In March I had to make an emergency trip to Virginia because my dad was very ill and not expected to survive, fortunately he did and is now home and recovering nicely! He is the most amazing man I know and I am so thankful that he is on the mend. I'll be heading back to Virginia later this summer for a fun visit :0)
Being off work, unexpectedly, for over a week left me way behind. It took me a week to catch up. We just started our busy time (which goes through September) so I haven't stopped since I got back.
And then this....
I leave on Tuesday for Ft. Lauderdale, FL to take part in the Once Upon a Steampunk Time class being taught by Deb Wood and hosted by Adele Sciortino! I have wanted to take classes with both of these amazing, talented ladies for a long time and next week I will be!
I will try to post while I am there. I am super excited to be a part of this class.
Hopefully once I return I'll have more heads to share!
I spent the past week sitting with my dad in the hospital. Fortunately his prognosis is much better and he is hopefully on the road to recovery. It will be a rough road but his goal is to get strong and as healthy as he can. That works for me!
While sitting in the hospital I managed to complete several heads for the #2018PCChallenge.
Here they are:
I am not sure what happened with week 8, he is a bit out there and the clay is dirty. I think if I clean him up and sand him a bit he will look better. Once they are painted and have hair I think they will look a lot better. It looks like I need to add a bit more skull to week 7 as well.
One thing I realized, I am not as fond of the light clay as I am the darker clay.
These are not really my best work, but considering where I was and that I only had a few basic tools to work with I'm pleased.
I am happy to say that I did finish my Haunted Fairy Tales project. She is a bit gruesome but I like her.
I sent her pictures to Art Doll Quarterly for consideration on the 15th (nothing like cutting it close). I am so happy with the way she turned out regardless of whether I make it into the magazine or not. She was fun to create. Apparently I had a mad scientist laugh going on when I was taking her pictures :0) I'm just so pleased with her.