Category Archives: Art

The critters of love

You know I am always looking for excuses to create little wood kokeshi doll collections!

They are perfect because I love working on projects at the time and I rarely visit one of the projects, so these collection are perfect for me because I can make a collection while keeping them fresh and exclusive, and it’s always such a thrill to work with them. I love to make each one individually unique, with it’s own personality.


Since Valentine’s day is coming soon at Danita Art, I decided to create a pack of wild woodland creatures with hearts on them, and they have made my shop their home while they are waiting to be adopted.

Don’t worry, they may be wild but they can easily be tamed with love and candy bribes. They are already taking over my heart, and I am sure each one of them will steal your heart too.

See more of these beautiful dolls on my online shop, danitaart.com and choose your favorite, Don’t walk, run to my shop before they hop hop hop to their forever homes!

The road to perfection is full of bumps

Lady Clementine is one of my latest paper clay, handmade art dolls. She has a very interesting story on how she evolved and changed as I was bringing her into our world, and I thought it will be fun to show you.

Well, you already know that everything starts with an idea, and sometimes this idea is sleeping on my mind so deeply, that not even I know it’s there.

Lady Clementine started like one of my regular paper clay art dolls. I started painting her face with my Golden AcrylicsHolbein Watercolors and Sennelier Oil Pastels to give her a beautiful set of eyes and hand sculpted features.

Then, just like that, the idea came from it’s slumber and she awoke. She was coming from my world into ours and she needed my help. So, I gave her a glittery horn and a unicorn princess was born.

And being a princess, a unicorn princess to be exact, meant that she needed to be perfect. We tried lots and lots of hair until I found the perfect shade for her.

A perfect shade of pale pink that goes with her magical presence and her limitless innocence.

A lacy gown, pure white and vaporous like magic is what I had in mind for her clothes, so we got to work. Almost done!

But… Alas! Her face was perfect… for someone else. So we talked over and decided we needed to start all over again. No shame, no anger. She commands and I must obey.

Art behaves in very strange ways. Sometime I start with a very clear path but something happens that takes me in a totally different direction. Her eyes are now green and she has glitter in them to reflect the magic within.

Now her face has softer features, her eyes shine with magic and she looks much more innocent than in the beginning. She is ready to step into our world.

Our photographer said she was a challenge to capture her beauty. Like the magical creature she is, she proved to be elusive and mysterious, but in the end with some convincing she let herself photograph. Definitively, Unicorns are very difficult to catch on camera.

And here she is, in all her royal glory. Ready to be adopted and loved in a home that will teach her all about the human world. Will you take her home with you and protect Lady Princess Clementine?

Running out of wood blocks for the calendar

Thank you for the overwhelming success of my 2017 ACEO calendar! I almost ran out of wood blocks on the first day of sales!

The wood blocks I use for the calendars are vintage toy wood blocks from the 1950’s (I really insist on them being vintage!) and they have been harder and harder to get over time, so the supply of wood blocks for the calendars get shorter.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on another box of wood blocks and I have a limited supply of bases to prop your 2017 ACEO calendar on your desk.

The Danita 2017 mini desk calendar. 12 beautiful ACEO prints to keep you inspired all year long.

This sale won’t last long! Hurry up and pick your calendars before I run out of wood blocks. They are great stocking stuffers!

Showing at Stranger Factory in Albuquerque, USA

Remember the paintings at Among princesses and wolves this year? After the show was over, I sent them to Stranger Factory in in Albuquerque, NM.  where they are currently showing on their “Winter Salon VI” art exhibit.

I am super exited to be part of the exhibit, there are great artists showing there during the month of December, and I’m honored to be along with them.

I’m also very very happy to read their description they wrote for one of my paintings, “Merry Go Wolf” It’s one of my favorite paintings and I really liked the dark and sweet combination on it.

Also, I had “Merry Go Alice“, My favorite work and one the centerpieces of my summer exhibit “Among princesses and wolves” sent to “Winter Salon VI“. I was very surprised when the let me know I did not make it to the opening night.  It sold on the day they received it! Someone saw it while it was being unpacked and now Alice is living on a private collection.

If you happen to be In Albuquerque, NM and you want to see amazing art, drop them a visit and send me note letting me know what you think. You’ll get to see my largest paintings, touch and try out my latest jewelry and lots of other cool things from amazing artists.

A new batch of dolls has been adopted!

It’s time to make dolls! I got the urge to get my doll making materials and create something!

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As always, everything starts with an idea. I work on my sketchbooks and then I go back to them to get the best ideas for my new girls, and I start making the bodies using the same techniques I use in my online class, “A Doll Story”

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While I am making the bodies, I use paper clay to sculpt the faces, and I carve the facial features after the initial shape of the head is setup.

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Then, it’s time to paint the faces! Using the mixed media materials like pencils, pastels, acrylics and oils that I always use on my paintings, I create beautiful faces on their heads, with eyes and a soul within them.

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Layer upon layer of acrylic paint, pastels, pencils and oil paintings are used to create the beautiful shine I give to my doll’s eyes. When you gaze into their eyes, you can be sure that a little piece of me and my memories lives in each one of them.

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It’s time to let them dry, so I go ahead and I start designing their clothes using my collection of fabrics I have collected over the year on my visits to thrifty stores and other unusual places.

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After the heads are dry, I start making their arms and legs using the techniques you have learned from my online doll making class, “A doll story

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And as I attach the arms and legs, I take the fabrics I selected for the dresses and start to create personalities for each one of them, thinking about how they want to look and what colors will suit them best.

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Another thing I do is attach porcelain arms and feet as I attach the arms. I bought vintage molds to create the arms and legs and I pour each arm and leg using liquid clay and porcelain in my studio ahead of time so I always have a batch of arms and legs to use whenever inspiration strikes.

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Finally it’s time to start dressing them up! I design, cut and sew each one of their clothes and sometimes I create several layers of clothes for them. Like this girl, who will have very fluffy underpants to wear beneath her handmade skirt.

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Final details on their clothes like hand painting their boots are next, and those little details are, to me, the most important details that will give the doll a real life and personality.

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But something is still missing…. They are bold! So, it’s time to pick up 100% natural wool and give them hair on their heads.

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So much to choose from! I have to decide on a color, and a style, and a hairdo. Lots of work but finally, each one of them tell me how she wants to look.

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After all that work, they are almost done! It’s a matter of giving them accessories and to start preparing the boxes they will live in.

And then, the final step is to send them to my photo studio, where they get their final photos and they are ready to be adopted!

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Pauline

(Adopted!)

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Darlene

(Adopted!)

Elouise, a beautiful art doll in paper clay and fabric created by Danita.

Elouise

(Adopted!)

 

I hope you enjoyed this look at the process of making these beautiful art dolls, they are a lot of work, but for me, it’s worth every second I spend making them. Bringing them to life from raw materials fills me with an incredible joy and happiness.

And I want to thank you, because as I was typing this post, all of them got adopted. They are very happy to have found a forever home, and I know they will be loved when they arrive to their families.

The 2017 Danita Art calendar is here!

It took me longer than usual, but it’s here! Take yours home today!

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12 Printed ACEO Art Cards (2.5 x 3.5 Inches) with my favorite pieces from last year in super adorable matte prints to put in your desk, your office or your home.

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Place it anywhere where you need a tiny calendar that does not take too much space to remind you of important dates and events and inspire you through the year, it comes with an optional vintage wood block to keep it standing anywhere you place it.

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Arrives neatly wrapped in a cute vintage style package, ready to prop it or give it away… It’s a wonderful stocking filler! And once you are done with each month as the year goes by, the cards can be kept as little art prints, bookmarks or part of your very own art projects 🙂

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Take one calendar with you today!

On Black Friday, Art IS NOT just for walls.

14478590_1209416515813732_2941730114435547136_nI added new pieces to my ever growing handmade jewelry collection, and this weekend they will be on sale. They are perfect for anyone who appreciates a very unique and one of a kind style.

Each piece is hand crafted with beautiful images, amazing colored glass and natural stone charms, and most important, lots of love from me to you.

See what I have in store this weekend on my official store and gallery, and choose your favorite one before it’s gone. You won’t regret it.

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