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.


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