Friday, 31 August 2012

The Circus is coming to Town

I haven't been able to do any work this week, my Mum was visiting us, and we went out to dinner with my brother and his brood, and wandered around town, and visited the Guild of Essex Craftsmen's fair at Cressing Temple.

Yesterday I found a little time to browse on Etsy, and I made a Circus themed treasury. I have the Circus on my mind for some reason lately!!!

I couldn't resist adding a lion - you may have heard the stories of the "Essex Lion". It has given us a lot of laughs since the story broke last weekend!!!
But now it's back to work...... today I will be back behind the sewing machine, and photographing stock for the shop.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Distressed Painting

So yesterday I posted a picture of two dolls with painted hair in progress. Today I have been distressing the painting. This gives the whole thing an aged look, and a lot of depth. I like it far more than the pristine look.

I have added several coats of burnt umber, very diluted, then buffed most of it off. I also added a rosy pink to warm up the colour a little. The colour is left to build up in the nooks and crannies of the sculpting, similar to how dirt might accumulate on a very old doll, or how shadows would appear on a real face.

I also sanded parts of the doll, to show right through to the original base colour. The whole thing has been sealed with several coats of Super Matt Ceramic sealer to give a tough finish.

I'm going to give these girls a coat of wax too, which will give them a soft sheen, and help to protect the paintwork.
Tomorrow it will be time to get the girls put together, and then I can start sorting through the fabric stash to find something to make outfits........I love that part!!! :0)

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Funny Faces Treasury

I've had a lot of fun this morning creating a treasury of brooches

You can see the whole selection here.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Paperclay Brooches, some progress

Not quite finished......really looking forward to making their hairstyles!

Nuvo Charms in the shop

I've added some new charms to my Etsy Shop today, here's a quick peek at some of them.....

Opening Picnic Basket

Opening Scooter by Nuvo

Crystal Market Stall by Nuvo

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Painting Brooch Faces

I've added a few light washes, still lots to do, but I think these are turning out nicely................

Monday, 6 August 2012

Monday Making....

Another paperclay and cloth child, she still needs some work.....

I'm also making some brooches, from a small head that I sculpted a while back.....

I'm looking forward to making lots of different hairstyles for her!!!