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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Black Friday sale!

Danita's online classes are on sale! Sign up for only $50.00 at danitaartclasses.com

READY FOR BLACK FRIDAY?

All my online classes are discounted like never before!

If you have been wanting to sign up for one my classes but you have not had the chance, today is your lucky day! This black Friday weekend, and until Monday 11/28, all my online classes are priced at $50.00 each, at the lowest price you’ve ever seen!

A painting class that will take you on a voyage into the world of watercolor. Travel with Frida into a magical wonderland of color and texture that will feed your Soul with the desire to create beautiful things with simple materials: Paint, Water and Paper.

IN LOVE WITH FRIDA

A painting class that will take you on a voyage into the world of watercolor. Travel with Frida into a magical wonderland of color and texture that will feed your Soul with the desire to create beautiful things with simple materials: Paint, Water and Paper.

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MIXED MEDIA FROM THE HEART

More than just a painting class, I will show you the mixed media techniques I use on my paintings to journey through my process for creating mixed media art as an outlet for my dreams, my worries and my imagination to create art with a personal and distinctive style that you will love to call your own.

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A DOLL STORY

More than just a painting class, I will show you the mixed media techniques I use on my paintings to journey through my process for creating mixed media art as an outlet for my dreams, my worries and my imagination to create art with a personal and distinctive style that you will love to call your own.

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Mini Art dolls for your holidays

Every year I make a series of little wood kokeshi dolls to celebrate the coming of winter and the nice holidays ahead.

This year is no exception! I took my kokeshi blanks and set to work on this year’s collection.

It all begins with sketches for the ideas for the collections, sanding the wood dolls, priming with Golden Acrylic Gesso and then sanding again to give them a smooth finish to start.

 Next, I start working with Paperclay to create the details and personality of each of the dolls by sculpting and creating ears, noses, fur and beards with my Tool set.

By now, I pretty much know what each doll wants to be, and I will help it become just that with my hands.


Then, the painting begins! I like to use Golden Fluid Acrylics and Blick matte paints because they are perfect for the little details and they have great pigmentation and lightfastness, so your dolls will stay colorful for a long time, it’s something the craft paints will not achieve so it’s best to stick with the good stuff.
A fine brush is a must for the little details like the eyes, there are lots of brands so you can use your favorite, just make sure it is up to the task for your work. Patience is the key here!

A lot of work goes in each of the dolls, I just want them to be perfect and I like to take my time with each one them, specially in their eyes. Without expressive eyes, they are just little toys.

After that, the accessories come in! I painted some wood trees with pastel colors for some, and I used vintage miniature ornaments from thrifty stores for others, and then I mounted them on a little wood base.


But they are not done yet! I am getting ready to apply German glass glitter on them to make them shiny and sparkly. They will look beautiful when you place them over the fireplace and you turn on the Christmas lights, they will reflect the light with a thousand little sparks and will really come to life!

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And after all the hard work, you have beautiful dolls to enjoy for the holiday season! All of them are adoptable, you can visit the official adoption page on my online gallery, danitaart.com and you can click on each image to go directly the detail page, where you can see more pictures and take one home. 🙂

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Peppermint girl

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Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

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Send in the snowmen!

Are you ready for the first snow fall of the year? Here on my side of the world things are just starting to get cool and snow may still be far away, but that does not mean I can’t start getting ready to create holiday art so you can decorate for Christmas, right?

I found some plastic dolls on a thrift store and I took them home with me to give them new life. Then I made new heads for them using paper clay and I hand painted each one.

Next I took some fabric scraps from my art doll projects and created onesies for them, and then I decorated their clothes and hats with vintage style tinsel and pompons.

A little more paint and lots of love to give them a vintage, kinda shabby look to remind me that old, discarded things can be given a new lease on life and that’s it!

Now they are ready to be adopted on my online gallery. Who will you take home?

Little red riding hood in soft pastels

 

I took my pastel boxes out this week and I decided to give them a go. Since I have been experimenting a lot lately, I wanted to see what would happen if I made a painting using only pastels.

I really love to see the boxes open and all the colors waiting to be used, and believe me, I have collected a lot of them in the time that I have been painting in mixed media. Here are some of the brands I used to create Little Red Riding Hood. Panpastel, Rembrandt, Sennelier and Conté à Paris are among the brands I love to use.

It’s a very challenging experience, because I am so used to work with liquid medium you can apply and blend in with a brush, and the physics and the feeling of the material are completely different to paint.

It also made me realize that working with pastels is much more drawing than painting, and it required me to pay a lot of attention to what I was doing.

Little red riding hood looks for the big bad wolf on this beautiful painting created by Danita Art

But, in the other hand, I can add extremely fine detail to the eyes and faces of my girls and the colors blend in a very subtle way, I love the dreamy effect I can achieve while keeping the eyes full of life.

The eyes of Danita's female portraits really shine when she uses soft pastels on wood, like this green eyed little red riding hood.

Definitively, I am going to keep using more of the pastels for full paintings instead of just highlights and details!

Little red riding hood, a beautiful soft pastel painting drawing on wood panel by Danita Art

You can see more photos of the painting in detail on my online shop, just click on the image and it will take you to the detailed pics and the page where you can adopt her if you wish to take her home to live with you.