Saturday, June 28, 2008

Altered Barbies

The most recent challenge for our art group was "altered Barbies." I have to confess, I really wasn't fired up for this one like everyone else was, but started a couple of them a few weeks ago anyway.

Basically I started with trying to spray paint them with "Fusion" plastic paint. While that works well for the hard plastic on the dolls, it makes the rubber (face and legs) STICKY. So I went through some trial and error before I was able to cover them. What I ended up using was the Krylon spray primer, which seemed to bond well with all of the parts. But not until I'd tried gesso, polymer varnish, and regular acrylic paint.
I did two dolls, seen below: Medusa Barbie and Hood Ornament Barbie.
Medusa Barbie, after being primed with the spray primer, was painted using craft paint and Lumiere's green and turquoise. I cut off most of her hair and gooped it up into a cone using Golden's molding paste. I then made a bunch of Creeper Crawler worms to use as the snakes. I used the Creeper Crawler oven I got for Anna about fifteen years ago! I can't believe I kept that! A N Y W A Y Thank God for hot glue because that's what I used to attach the snakes to her head, as well as the sheer fabric and beaded trim I attached to her body.
Hood Ornament Barbie came about as an ephiphany while I was dismantling my second Barbie to try and make a "Interdimensional Barbie" (I'm not going there...). The upper half of her body reminded me of a hood ornament, so I scrapped Interdimensional Barbie and did this instead.
To make her, I first separated her into two pieces at the waist. More trouble than it was worth, she has some kind of weird mechanism holding her together and I basically had to pry her apart with pliers and remove a Phillips screw from the mechanism blah blah blah. I then hot-glued her torso to a wooden base left over from one of those wooden art model figures. Thank God again for hot glue. I then applied molding paste to her hair, and modeled it and supported that with wire to make her aerodynamic.
After I had her assembled and coiffed, I primed her with the Krylon spray primer. When that was dry I used the Ace Hardware brand of chrome spray paint. I was really surprised - and pleased - that it dried without being sticky.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Baby Barn Swallows

I've been having so much fun watching these baby barn swallows at the entrance to my morning job at UNL (Othmer Hall). This morning I took my camera explicitly for that purpose, and when I got there someone else was also taking a picture. "Great minds think alike" and all that. What's really a hoot is when the mother swoops by - she doesn't even have to stop at the nest - all five of those mouths open at once. I wish I could've caught that with the camera. Otherwise, I think all baby birds look like they're smirking. Especially the one on the far right. They look fully feathered and are probably close to leaving the nest. That nest is a nice bit of engineering, plastered to the structure the way it is. Apparently it's been there for a few years.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Coming soon...froufrou seizure

Call me crazy, but I've been sewing doll clothes lately. For FUN. Here is a picture of my new Blythe doll in her gown called "froufrou seizure." I'm building an inventory and will open a new Etsy shop within a week or two. Stay tuned! I will also be keeping a separate blog to coincide with season 5 of Project Runway called -- of course -- Project Blythe. I will take on each week's challenge and make an outfit for her. What fun!

I haven't decided on a unique name for this particular doll, so suggestions are welcome! Yvonne, after my mom, might be good.