When I first started looking to make a doll I searched you tube to find tutorials and I had found one by mlbetterly.blogspot.com called, " How to make a paper clay doll". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAQys7HMZT8&feature=share&list=UUSJeidDM4rUO9wdBZUgyHsA&index=10 This was a really fun and easy lesson on how to create a doll out of styrofoam eggs and paper clay. I decided to use this process to create my creepy cutie.
Items needed to create the doll:
- paper clay
- two styrofoam eggs 1. for the head smaller than the body and 1. for the body.
- chop sticks for the legs
- wood block for the base
- acrylic paint and pan pastels
- washi tape
- music sheet or another type of printed paper
- ribbon, buttons and tulle
- felting fabric for the hair
- tissue paper and a tooth pick for the the lolly pop
- E6000 to glue the legs into the wood block and tacky glue for the hair and clothes
When I was playing around with doll making last year I created a bunch of my own eyes by using paper clay and small dot stickers sealing then with uv resin. It was way cheaper then buying eyes since I am still a beginner. I used a set of the eyes that I had created before for this doll.
I started by sculpting the head and face then attached it with part of a chop stick to the body and covered the body with the paper clay. I created her arms and hands out of the clay and left the left hand down with an opening to be able to hold the lolly pop later. I inserted two chop stick pieces for the legs and covered them with paper clay.
I let it dry for a few days then I sanded the doll. trying to smooth out some of the rough spots. I painted her face using titanium buff for the face and black for the body. I painted stripes for the stockings and used a little pan pastel to color in the cheeks and around the eyes.
At this point she is looking more like the character from Despicable Me!
After I finished painting her I drilled two holes into the block base and put a little glue in the hole to hold the legs into place. When the glue dried I created her shoes out of paper clay and let dry. I sanded the shoes and then painted the shoes and the base black.
Time for the hair, dress and the rest of the details. I glued the hair on the head with the tacky glue then tied them with string into pony tails. I then glued small strips of sheet music around for her skirt curling the ends with a pencil. I then I used tulle around the skirt then covered the top part where the glue was in a layer of polka dot washi tape and then red ribbon. I used the washi tape on her stomach and created a collar with with it as well. I finished embellishing the doll with small buttons on the collar, a heart button and piece of black ribbon on the front of the red ribbon. I covered the base with the polka dot washi tape and then sealed it with varnish. I also coated her body with varnish as well to help hold the washi tape in place. I created the lolly pop with paper clay a tooth pick and wrapped it with a piece of a lime green napkin. Ta-day! My creepy cutie is finished! My son Jackson named her Samantha. So please meet Samantha my Creepy Cutie Doll. Samantha ate too much candy and has a little tummy ache!
I think I might try some more doll making, it was a lot of fun to bring something that you have put down on paper to life.