Sunday, June 29, 2008

This Week

I haven't yet made a decision on what I will be making this week. I did cut out another Little Patriot yesterday. So maybe I will work on him.

I scheduled the Frontiersman Patriot on ebay to be listed at 4:00 p.m. Mountain time today. So I thought I would put a few more photo's of him on here.

If you want to see more photo's of him scroll down to my previous listing.

It is very hot here today so I think I will just relax for most of the day, and dream up new things to create. Like the list I have isn't long enough - LOL.

A comment on the previous post said. "I wonder who taught you how to make these?" In answer to that question, I am pretty much self taught. I have been sewing painting and sculpting since I was very young. I picked up skills here and there and put them all together to make my dolls. My Mama was a seamstress, sewing mostly clothes, but around the holiday season she took orders for basic rag dolls and later on cabbage patch look a likes. My Daddy taught me how to make a face in playdough when I was 4. I have always had a desire to paint and draw. that just comes naturally. I started making real dolls when I was a teen, and have been through a gamut of changes over the years, cloth, ceramic, clay, paper mache' , wood, porcelain, ect. Now I am back to cloth. I tend to think in 3-d so the designs are not hard for me to come up with, I just let my imagination take over. Sometimes I dream of how to make them. LOL , that makes me sound a little nut-so. But it there is something I can't figure out, I tend to get the answer in my sleep from an old doll maker. Maybe a alter ego, my muse, maybe an angel. I don't know who he is but I'm glad he's there.

Have a great week, and thanks for stopping in.

Friday, June 27, 2008

SNEEK PEEK - Primitive Frontiersman Patriot

He is finished, And what a cute little patriot he is.

His little outfit makes him look as though he is straight off the frontier - ready to defend his country.

The technique that I use in painting my dolls gives them the feel leather, so it suits this little fellow very well.

I painted his clothing in shades of brown to emulate buckskin. His lace up shirt has double fringe across the front and the back. His pants have double fringe down the sides. His little boots lace up the sides in the old fashioned style.

He has brown painted hair and eyes.

He is made of muslin, stuffed with fiberfill and jointed at the shoulders and hips with lightly rusted tin buttons.

He is carrying a 13 star Betsy Ross style American Flag that is made of canvas and hand painted on both sides.

His hat is also made of muslin, that has been painted.

The doll an flag have underwent an aging process to give him that wonderful look of a antique toy from another era.

The Patriotic Frontiersman will be listed on ebay this coming Sunday June 29th.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Work In Progress - American Frontiersman Patriot

This is what I ended up working on this week in my spare time. He is an American frontiersman patriot. It has been a very busy week so ..... he is still in the early stages.

I am very happy with the way his face came out, he is going to be a handsome little fellow.

He is made of muslin and has a layer of gesso painted on him. There will be several layers of paint on him before he is finished.

He is dressed so it will look as though he is in buckskin britches, a lace up shirt with a fringe yoke, and boots. And of course he will have a little tri-corner hat. to go with the outfit. I debated on the hat - tri-corner or a coonskin type hat, I decided for the Little Patriots, they all should have the tri-corner hats.

Hopefully I will have the time to finish him this week.

I would like to thank those who took the time to leave comments on my blog and those who took the time to email - it is appreciated, thank-you!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Little Patriot - a Revolutionary War Primitive Patriotic Doll

I just listed this little fellow on ebay. He is a cutie - if I do say so myself!

The up coming 4th of July holiday has me in a patriotic mood, so I am celebrating by making a little Americana folk art!

He depicts a patriotic American from about 1765.

He is wearing breeches, a off white shirt and a tri-corner hat. I kept the colors of his clothes plain and natural. No blues or reds on him, but the American spirit is in him as you can see.

He is carrying a Gadsden flag that became popular during the Revolutionary war. I drew and painted the rattlesnake on both sides of his flag.

His hair and eyes are painted - his face is needle sculpted.

I even put the little buckles on his shoes. He also has a metal belt buckle, and buttons on his shirt front, cuffs and breeches cuffs.

I think he is a great representative of the American spirit.

Once again he is made from my own original pattern.
Because my dolls are made one at a time and from my own patterns there are no 2 alike. He is a one of a kind.

He is button jointed with lightly rusted tin buttons.

I am not really sure of what I will be making this week, but you can be sure I will be working on something. I'll let you know when I do decide.

Have a great week - and don't forget, you can always view my items that are available in my online store at Doll*Shoppe at the OldePrimitive Sisters online Marketplace and my ebay auctions are listed at the bottom of this page.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

My All American Girls

I have been on another patriotic kick lately.

These 2 dolls, America and Liberty are pet dolls with their names written across their fronts. These dolls were inspired by the pet china dolls of the late 1800's.

They are made of muslin and stuffed with fiber fill.
Their head and shoulders, lower arms and lower legs have been painted in layers, sanding between each layer and finally stained. This process gives them a wonderful antique look and the feel is much like old leather.
They are both approximately 22" tall.

There clothing has been aged, sanded,patched and stained with tea.

I tried to capture the persona of our country in these two. They both look as though they have been through some tough battles and have survived through the ages.

America and Liberty will both be posted to ebay Sunday afternoon- June 8th.

I have another little fellow I have been working on. He is a patriotic fellow - I do believe he is a member of the Sons Of Liberty.
He will be jointed with tin buttons, and have his clothing painted on. Hopefully I will be able to finish him by June 15th. I will post pics of him sometime next week.

Thank you all for peeking in! Keep coming back - you never know what is happening next.

I will be gone June 5th - through the 8th. So........ if you have any questions for me or would like to place an order go ahead and email me and I will get back to you on Monday the 9th.