Dazzling Daze Spring

It was a small, but really terrifc, group who gathered at my house for my Spring Dazzling Daze.  I had canceled it when everyone started dropping out, but one person had already purchased her airline ticket so we went ahead.  I'm glad we did.DazDazeSprgCyndi

We started with Cyndi Mahlstadt teaching her wonderful tree doll – Darcy.  Cyndi showed us how to bend wires, cut holes in an Altoid tin, paint it, rust it, create intricate hands with wires and paint them with nothing covering them (yes.  It can be done and it is fabulous), use Apoxy Clay to create a whimsical head in one of her molds, paint it, attach all kinds of stuff to make our Darcy into the lovely tree person she is. 

If you ever get a chance to take a class with Cyndi, do it.  She's outstanding.


The doll to the left is Cyndi's Fairy Godmother.  Cyndi has a magical way of working with found objects to create beautiful works of art.

Another thing I love about Cyndi's work is the way she uses the no-sew beads to enhance a figure.  You can't see them on this wonderful creature, but they are scattered around her face and body.

DazDazeBarbaraSweater Barbara Leftwich came down from Sun City to take Cyndi's class.  She's been bitten by the free motion knitting and crocheting bug.  But, all I can say is I'd like to get bitten by the same bug.  Here she is showing us one of her amazing sweaters.
Breathtaking, isn't it?  Better go check out Barbara Chapman's classes at the Black Sheep so I can learn how to do one of these sweaters.
DazDazeCathwBowls We started our workshop on Monday, April 27.  Tuesday night was our doll club's meeting (IOLCC).  I had invited
Kath Danswan to bring her silk cap bowls, and other beautiful work, to share.  Kath was to be one of the Dazzling Daze teachers, but we had to cancel her.  She was here from England teaching workshops up in the Los Angeles area. 
Everyone at the doll club meeting were truly taken with Kath's work.  Her book "Beautiful Bowls & Colourful Creatures" is a must have.  Look in my sidebar for her website to see more of her remarkable work.


Cyndi also shared some of her dimensional "flat" work.  This is a wall hanging she's been working on.  It is a combination of computer imaging and fabric manipulation.  Plus, heaps of other techniques.

After Cyndi's two days it was my turn.  I taught working with Shiva Paintstiks to create a soft, blended face and body.  This is a medium I'm very familiar with since it is similar to the oil paints I worked with when I did portraits.  The difference is there's no messy mixing.  Otherwise they are very much the same.  Other than the detailing of the eyelashes, eyebrows, etc., all the coloring is done with the oil paintstiks.


To the right is Michelle's doll. Michelle had flown out from New Hampshire.  She did a beautiful job with the coloring.  Her doll started white, so we dyed the fabric with a flesh color first, then she used the paintsticks for the shading, highlighting and coloring of the eyes and lips.
We did learn that it is best to wait the full 3 days before doing the detailing.  Even though our dolls were dry the next afternoon and we ironed them we mucked up several detaling pens.  If you can't wait, I'd recommend using the brush tips of the Micron's, Zig's, Copic's, etc.  Those won't get messed up.

Below is the group on our last day.  Both Michelle and I were having bad hair days as we blew a circuit breaker because we were both using our hair dryers at the same time.  Different parts of the house, but the electrician we had hired several years ago to fix the problem actually made it worse.  He's since gone out of business. 
It was a wonderful 4-days and I'm sure we'll have more.  My next Dazzling Daze will probably be in early December.  I've got a project in mind and I think it will be fun and exciting.  So, stay tuned.  I'll hopefully  have it finished in August and the dates firmed up.

In the meantime, happy doll making!

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