May 30, 2011

Raisa's Journal

I decided that the journal spread needed to look old, since Raisa is from the 20's (that's the 1920's). Almost as if it's a letter that got to close to a fire, and one over which many tears have been shed, causing discoloration of the paper. As I stated in my previous post, Raisa is mourning her Johnnie, sitting, staring out the window at the birds.
The first page has music and a bird and starts out "Dearest Johnnie"
"My heart is lost without you. I sit and weep. Music has no meaning for me anymore. I hear the birds outside my window and long for your smile. How long can this go on?".
The journal pages are collaged pieces of paper, vintage sheet music and calendar images with a broken heart partially hidden by the bird. They are colored with fluid acrylics and the writing is done with a China pencil.

May 28, 2011

Onoma going home - part two

Above is the first page of the journal... the quote is from Marcel Proust and reads "When nothing else subsists from the past, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, bearing resiliently, on tiny and almost impalpable drops of their essence, the immense edifice of memory."

 Page Two

Page Three
Page Four

Onoma is ready to go home!

Arlee's doll Onoma was quite a challenge to know what to add.  Being the last person to work on a doll sometimes is a bit difficult because everyone else has done a great job already.  He/She had wide shoulders to begin with so I decided to emphasize that and added even more width, along with the 'dangles'...

Next I added some further decoration to the waist area...

And finally, Onoma saw these in my stash and absolutely HAD to have them insisting that they must have been lost the last time he/she visited earth.  Who was I to argue?

The next post will show the journal pages I added...

May 23, 2011

Lady Sebastian's mysterious journal

I found this picture of a cat lady from the right era of Lady Sebastian, and I swear she looks just like Talitha!

There is definitely some kind of conspiracy going on to prevent Lady Sebastian from tracking down her father and the Lost Temple of Sekhmet. I'm convinced that the month she lost, apparently spent in the temple, is amnesia from post hypnotic suggestion.

She continues to search and find artifacts and fabric swatches along the way. Meanwhile her journal definitely looks like it has been unearthed by someone years later.

I believe I know how Lady S's story involves fulfilling the prophecy at the temple.

May 22, 2011

Raisa's Heart

Raisa arrived at my house heart broken. Her Johnny dead, her parents keeping her from him in his last days. She decided that she had no reason left to live. As time went on, the sharpness of her grief faded. She was pulled from her deep depression by the birds outside her window. Watching the pair of robins with their eggs, the hatchlings, the care with which the parents nurtured their young, absorbed Raisa. It is too early for hope and joy, but perhaps, life holds something undiscovered for Raisa. She has locked her heart in a box, but maybe there exists someone who can unlock her hopes and dreams again.
Raisa needed a heart, so I made one out of red satin, covered with lace. I stuffed and beaded it and stitched to the inside of her box.
I used the same lace to make a collar for Raisa. I also attached some metallic trim under the lace of her ruffle and attached it with beads.
Here she is, in all of her mournful glory.
Here's the full inside of her box.
Her head on Talitha's quilt with her lace collar.
I also gave her hands, attached to her arms with beads.
I added long geaded trim to the underside of her tutu.
I have her journal to finish up, but couldn't wait to post pictures of her.

May 9, 2011

Audacity on her way home

Audacity---a boldness
This doll is certainly holding up to her name.
Audacity came to me with so much,
after being with so many artists,
that it was difficult to know what to do.
I began to think of Atlantis and her origins.
Queen Audacity is strong,
comes from a strong woman (Gail),
and needs more of the power of what comes from the ocean...
the starfish wisdom,
the pearl trident,
and the abalone power.

For added beauty she received some hair embellishments of
 sari ribbon and sari yarn
 to match her face and crown.
The starfish covers her heart and represents regeneration,
moon magic, beauty, and tidal movement.

Abalone shells are revered by ancient tribes as magical gifts from the sea. 
They stimulate fertility of ind and body, improving self-image and physical power.

She has a shell on her back for protection.

Does Atlantis exist?  Some think it does.
Mermaids and Mermen (the merfolk) were once warriors
and Queen Audacity still holds the power of the pearl trident.
Are we decendents of the people of Atlantis?
So many unknowns...
I also added a turquoise disc earring,
a sharktooth embellishment,
eyelashes to the octopus base, and
green eyelash yarn to her hair and
another pearl to a shell on her coral reef.

    Audacity returns home soon.

Enjoyed working on Audacity.
Enjoy her Gail!

May 5, 2011

Shall we do lunch, gals?

I think Aneelaw is a fabulous art doll. So artsy & unique. Can't believe she's my last doll in the project.

Anneelaw was more or less a bust when I recieved her - just a head and shoulders (?) and one hand. I couldn't resist giving her some little out-of-proportion legs. Once I did that, she looked to me like a Society Lady sitting in an ornate wrought iron chair getting ready to take a bite from a finger sandwich. So then I decided a patio table was in order to complete the illusion.

Her legs are Barbie-type legs that I paper mache-ed over. The ankles were moveable, but the knees weren't, so I had to cut the legs in half and paper mache them to the proper angles for crossing. Her capris are painted turquoise to go with her hat and overcoated with a turquoise glitter nail polish. Her shoes are purple to match her glove.

The base of the patio table is a black metal thingie that once housed a glass votive holder. Something I just had in my stash that worked perfectly with her "chair"! The top is simply a paper mache-ed cardboard cutout with the top layer being a design I downloaded off the internet.

The table looked kinda empty, so I made a bouquet of paper mache and wire flowers and placed them in a painted mini liquor bottle.

And here're my journal pages.

Soon Anneelaw will be on her way home to MA in Canada. You're gonna love her, MA!