Happiness in dark times: Why it’s important to keep being happy.

Well, the launch of SPECIMENS OF THE SECRET FOREST, my latest online class came, maybe, at the worst of times.Maybe not, I don’t know. The world is going crazy. But I decided not to give in to the madness.

For me, this amazing opportunity to be a part of Jeanne Oliver’s network made my day. I’ve admired her for a long time and now, after working for months on this project, it is finally released and you can sign up to escape from madness for a while and visit the enchanted forest and their beautiful inhabitants when you click on this link.

After I got the news that the class is ready for enrollment and I should start letting you know about it, I started thinking and debating internally if I should be this happy when the world is on fire, and after a lot of thinking, I came to the conclusion that, yes, we ALL have the right to be happy, even in these days.

Because happiness is force of nature. Happy people have hope, and with hope comes the will to overcome things. And we will overcome this. Together, let’s create more happiness and spread it to the ones around it who need a ray of light to brighten their day.

Go and hug your pet, tell your love ones you love them, make art, help the ones in need. I promise you, it will be worth it.



Specimens Of The Secret Forest: A New Doll Making Online Class by Me, Idania Salcido

Once upon a time, an artist stumbled upon a great discovery, It was called the Secret Forest. Many creatures inhabited that place, and she became friends with them. Knowing she had to go back home, she began a new adventure of documenting and replicating the creatures she met using thread, fabric and clay. And then documented her discovery with a beautiful ink illustration.

Idania Salcido Danita Art presents an online doll making master class. Learn Danita's doll making secrets and start creating your own secret forest and fantasy art with her as your personal art instructor.

I am SO HAPPY! Today I am super proud to announce my first class on Jeanne Oliver’s online learning network: SPECIMENS OF THE SECRET FOREST.


I really admire her and when she contacted me with an invitation to teach at her site, I was all head over heels 🙂 I’ve been working on this for a few months now, and every time I posted new dolls and you kept on asking if I was going to teach a class, I had to resist the urge to tell you I was working on a very super secret project!

But today it’s time to reveal it! Yay!

In this course I’ll guide you step by step into the process to make a handmade mushroom doll. You’ll learn how to transfer the pattern to your fabric, how to sew the doll, some tips and tricks to make the stuffing easier as well and dyeing the fabric and adding the grungy look. For the face we will be using polymer clay but you can also work with air dry clay if you prefer. You’ll learn how to sculpt a face and paint it to give it a lively look. Then you’ll learn how to give it some finishing touches to make your creation look more authentic. After you have your specimen ready, it’s time to document it! Using ink and coffee you’ll learn how to draw your doll and it’s components to give it an old, authentic look.