Monday, September 15, 2014

A Productive Week!

In addition to finishing my Amandine pattern, I managed to finish three journal pages for Life Book 2014 this week. I'm on a roll!  Still very behind, but making progress.

And now there's been an announcement about the teacher line-up for Life Book 2015! Each of the teachers is giving away a spot in the year-long course. Today's blog hop stop is at Effy Wild's site.
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Here are the pages I finished this week. At this point I've just been jumping around to get to the lessons:


 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Done!

I'm finally done with my Amandine pattern!!!
 
 I put in an 11-hour day today, and boy is my back killing me ~ I didn't exactly use good body mechanics while drawing the pattern pieces. I still need to get cover photos for the traditional paper pattern, but the e-pattern is ready to go. Well, maybe I should proofread it one more time.

That being said, I don't think I can stand another minute in this studio to update my website or Etsy store. I'm so done!
 
The pattern is now up at my Etsy store, on Craftsy, and on my Website

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Slowly but surely...making progress

My Amandine pattern instructions are nearly done. It's been such a tedious process, as this pattern is full of progress photos. What better way to help illustrate a step?

What's left? The wig, the hat, the shoes. Oh, and drafting the actual pattern pieces onto paper (instead of paper towels, etc.
 
I went with colors I don't usually use, which is nice for a change. Next, I'll be going through all my Tibetan lamb to find a color that works for her.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Life Book 2014 September Lessons

This is the month I play catch up. I've got most of September, and if I can manage my time I'll be able to get so much done.

And though I'm falling more and more behind in Life Book, I want to finish my Amandine doll pattern before I start working on my journal pages. But just think...if I could do a page a day, that would be so cool!







See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE  -
or just click on the appropriate label in the left sidebar (scroll down).

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Amandine progress, testing new app

I used to have a way to post to my blog from my phone, but with this newer phone it's not working. Trying this new app.
Here's a quick photo taken this morning as a test. This is a far as I've gotten with my second Amandine doll (my Hoffman doll was the first), and the instructions with step-by-step photos are done up to this point. Very time consuming!
Next comes the face sculpting and painting instructions/illustrations/photos, and then the costuming. Whew! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sewing today and stuff

I did a little sewing (and typing) yesterday, making a teensy bit of progress on my new doll pattern "Amandine." Today I have the challenging job of selecting the print fabrics for the costuming. I think I may use fabrics from this collection called Fiona's Fancy by Riley Blake.

As I look out the studio window this morning and see some of the leaves beginning to change color, I'm thinking it might be appropriate to make a Halloween or Fall related doll. I designed a witch pin doll a number of year ago (in 1999!), and haven't made another for such a long time. In fact, the last cover photo was taken at least three digital cameras ago, so it's about time for an update. If you're interested in this pattern, check it out at my website's pattern page (at the bottom): http://www.blueherondolls.com/blue_heron_patterns.htm
As much as I'd like to jump into an autumn project, I'm going to try to stay on task today and complete the Amandine project. Ain't I responsible?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Rebellion

I am rebelling and refusing to do my laundry today.

Instead, I decided to finish one of my Life Book art journal pages. I'm working out of order to use my time most efficiently - so this one is from week 30, which employed a clever contact paper transfer technique taught by Carissa Paige:

Then I decided to get started on another page (this one Week 25, taught by Effy Wild, done over a period of days). Here is the first layer. It still needs to dry just a little bit more before I add the next layer, which will be paint.
 
And here's some paint, stenciled and brayered on:
 
And some doodling (I don't know what I think about using warm colors with my cool base.)
 
Experimenting with a figure for the page:
 
Blocking out the figure:
 
Finished:

Monday, August 4, 2014

Life Book 2014 August Lessons

It's a new month of Life Book, and I've got a lot of catching up to do. While I worked a little on a journal page background for one of July's lessons yesterday, my primary focus has been working on a pattern for my Hoffman doll, Amandine. I anticipate weeks of work ahead of me.


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For this one I used an old family photo, but as I didn't want to sacrifice it scanned and printed it then covered it with contact paper.



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See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE  -
or just click on the appropriate label in the left sidebar (scroll down).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Feels so good...

...to get another unfinished project done!
 
This steampunky gal is "Vivienne." She was nearly completed at the end of a class taught by Michele Lynch at AFICC in 2013. I don't know why it took me so long to finish her sleeves and leather cummerbund. It didn't take that long, for Pete's sake, but it sure feels good to cross it off my list!


 
Michele is a wonderful doll artist, so be sure to check out her art and classes!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Enjoying Life at Poolside

We've been having a great time here in San Antonio, though the hot humid weather takes some getting used to. There's nothing an Astorian can do to acclimate, that's for sure.

Chris rented a bike from one of the local bike shops, and he's been riding daily (early, before it becomes ungodly hot). I'm proud of him for doing that.

My ODACA business is done, so that leaves us some time to explore downtown San Antonio. And since I sold ALL the dolls I brought, there should be a little room in my suitcase for any cool stuff we may find.