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In this class we will stroll down memory lane as we create a whimsical or humorous character from our past, and a shadow box setting for your character to live in.
On day one I will teach you how to create your cloth and clay doll. There will be some sewing, stuffing, sculpting with paper clay, and painting with acrylic paints. You can choose to make a short doll (approx. 12” tall) or a tall doll (approx. 16” tall), depending on the type of character you want to create. Please see photos for ideas.
On day 2 we will create the shadow box setting. You will decide on the ephemera or other materials to bring based on who your character will be. Please see the photos for ideas.
Materials fee $25 paid directly to instructor at beginning of class includes:
• Doll body – please contact me after registration to let me know if you need a tall or short body
• Doll pattern
• Creative Paper Clay
• Use of sculpting tools
• Use of doll making tools
• Hardware for the shadow box
Supplies You Need to Bring to Class in addition to materials provided by instructor:
• Cradled wood panel, such as the Studio Artist Wood Panel, 1 ½” profile (Example: Blick Art Supply, item #07045-1620, https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-wood-panels/#description), or a similar boxy panel from another source. Please choose a box size that will accommodate the height of the doll you choose to make, plus the setting you would like to create. For example, in the photo of the doll standing on the horse, I used a 16 x 20 inch box. Also, please note that the Blick stores may not have the size you want in stock, so you may need to order online.
• Please prime your wood panel box with gesso prior to class. Typically artists paint on the flat side, but we will be working with the boxy side. I prime inside the box, the inner side walls all around, the front of the frame, and the outer sides of the frame.
• Acrylic paints such as Golden or Liquitex. I prefer to use soft body paints. For the doll, bring flesh tones, hair and eye colors, rosy tones for lips and cheeks, and shoe colors. For the box, bring the colors for your setting.
• Artist brushes such as a ½” flat, a #7 and a #3 round. (These don’t need to be expensive. I usually use Artist’s Loft brushes from Michaels.)
• Water bucket, paper towels
• Fabric for your doll’s clothes – cottons like quilting cottons are recommended. Also, stripey or patterned fabric for arms and legs, if you like.
• Sewing machine thread to sew doll’s clothes
• Ephemera and other items as desired for shadow box
• Glue: For gluing papers, I recommend PVA or Mod Podge. For non-paper items, E6000.
• Optional: portable lighting, heat gun
3 Spaces Remaining
Most of the required supplies for your classes can be pre-ordered from Collage. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. For further info and to place your order, contact: