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Spring& New Projects

Its been an incredibly busy Spring so far, and very productive. I’ve been working on websites for others like the Lyons Film Festival, Red Canyon Art, Angel Readings by Kelly, and updated my own websites page because of the new additions. (Need a website? I love working with creative people to make them!) I also started a website called Its The Little Things to showcase my miniatures and dolls, as well as to practice with a new website theme called Divi designed by Elegant Themes.

The biggest new project is the advent of video production and editing. I’m now making little advertising videos as well as how-to videos, and How to Make a Ball Joint Doll from Polymer Clay will soon be available exclusively through the Polymer Clay Adventure (click here to read more about that!). I’ve made three dolls in three different scales for this project, and there’s a 25 pg. pdf tutorial for the smalles doll, and a full length video on making the middle sized doll. She’s so new she doesn’t have a name yet, but my sister gets naming rights on this one, and picked her hair colors. She’ll get a slip at least for the photos but a wardrobe will have to wait until after I’m done editing this video.

Then, I get to make a few more dolls…I have plans for Edwardian Fairies, a Mermaid, a Wild Western Woman, and more. I’ll be shooting tutorials for dolls and for their accessories, clothing, and furnishings as I go. Learning how to knit last year has been a boon, as I am now able to knit little hats and scarves for the dolls as well as big ones for me, and also knit beaded bags.  It’s going to be a busy year!  Here’s a few pics–I started with Kato Polyclay and a few tools and here’s a resulting doll.

Metal Etching Class

beads-metal

I’m teaching a class on how to etch metal with electricity April 11, from 2pm-4:30 pm.

To help prepare for it, I’ve also put up a page about using Photoshop and PnP paper as well as other resists for use on metal in etching (or anodizing) for use by students.

Join me for some etching […]

Spring Bonnets and Eggs

eggshell ladies made with liquid polymer clay

I do enjoy decorating eggs with polymer clay. These blooming beauties were first blown free of their egg-y contents, then coated with several cured coats of liquid polymer clay.I drew the faces with a Micron permanent ink pen, colored them with acrylic paints and gathered the bits and pieces for their hats.

Then came the […]

Illustrator brushes and art

Free Illustrator lace brushes

I thought I’d lost the files from my Illustrator classes that I took at Front Range Community College, but I found quite a few and that includes the one with the brushes I created that allow me to “draw” lace onto lines. It may sound simple, but they took some doing; you start by building […]

Dingbat Fonts

kitchen tile dingbat font by Gabrielle Gaither

I love collecting fonts to use in laying out articles and books. Particularly fun are dingbats; which have a pictorial glyph instead of a letter for each character.

These can be used to make newsletters and cards look great–or to make transfers for direct use on polymer clay, to make rubber stamps through Ready Stamps, […]

Knit Knack

knit and purl sampler

2015 is already cycling into Spring, and I’m practicing old skills and learning new ones. This year I’ve learned to knit, thanks to Donnie and the Knit WIP gang.

I started with a scarf with just knitting, then on to practicing knit and purl stitch combos. The white piece may turn into a sampler wall […]

Grace and Gratitude

watercolor star wishes

We are Marching forward into Spring, and as we sort through everything we brought home into the studio now that our 14 months at KCP Gallery have concluded, we’ve had lots to review, clean off, sort through and put away. One of the things returning home is the Wishing Stick that hung for a […]

Lulabelle, a Ball Joint Doll

6 inch ball joint doll

I’m finishing up my new tutorial on making polymer clay ball joint dolls and shooting the video next week.

Here’s a look at one of the dolls with her new clothing. Lulabelle is less than 6 inches tall, and dressed in hand dyed silk and cotton gauze, with Tibetan lambs wool hair. She and her […]

Etched Hearts

etched metal hearts

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! I’m offering a class in etching metal hearts at KCP Gallery in Longmont, CO.

Start with a heart made of 18 gauge copper or brass, add your own artwork, and then etch using electricity! Learn how to start with blank metal and use different masking techniques for etching. Create […]