Sunday, January 30, 2011

January Post cards

These fabric postcards were fun to make although was unable to mail because I got super carried away with the embellishments.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Abstract Angel

I did the beaded face for this angel about 9-10 years ago in a class by Anne Hesse. I really enjoyed the free beading process and really liked the face. I wanted to do something abstract with the face so I originally started an abstract type figure. My dog got to it when she was a puppy and ripped the body. I took the face off and there it sat.

Then I was getting ready dolls ready for the Women's Craft Show in San Francisco, I came across the face. I thought this would make a really cool and different Christmas tree Angel topper.

The head and neck and arms are made from black nylon tights material the dress is a black velvet. The wings are actually cloth napkins I wrapped around wires and beaded. I didn't take a picture of the back but I really like her butt. Let just say from behind you can see she is definitely full figured.


I actually made my daughter Britney a Christmas tree topper that is a Raggedy Ann type. I don't know why but I did not take any pictures of it before I gave it to her. I have actually made 2 like that. I auctioned the other one off.

I was inspired to do this one from a picture of a girl with red hair and freckles. Her hair is just yarn that I had sewn into her head. I really like the country look and so I appliqued a country angel with a manger to her jumper. I never got to see her on top of a Christmas tree but I think she will look great.

I love her face and her freckles. I did her coloring with dry pastels and painted the freckles on with acrylic paint. Her eyes are painted as well and then covered with clear nail polish to give a super glossy look.

Petrus Chritus Angel

I am not sure when I completed this angel. I just really like the face. This is a portrait from Petrus Chritus. I altered the colors and printed it on cloth. Her base has a kind of crazy quilt clothing with a mixture of cotton fabric lace and burlap. The wings I bought in the floral section of Richard's Art & Craft Store.

The base is wooden with stick nailed to the sides to create a skirt. The picture in the base is "Decent from the cross" Hans Memlings. I also altered the colors on this picture. I also added some glitter glue to the picture so there is some sparkle in the light.


I really like Frieda Kahlo and wanted to do her as a Christmas tree topper. I am sad that I did not get a picture of her wings. I put her with a group display with the Flying Phoebe's for the Art of Doll show at the Petaluma Art Center. That was a GREAT show. Anyway the wings was a Frieda Kahlo self portrait that I alter so that it was all in greens and printed on cloth put some batting between the two sides and then free stitched the top with burgundy and green thread. I did not take a picture of the back and she sold at the Petaluma show 2010.

I really like the hair on this one also. I used crochet thread which I but into the head little by little with a needle and then braided it. I found these little flower for her hair. All in all I was pleased with how she came out.