I have been having so much fun playing with air-dry clay and making art dolls. I feel like I am in my second childhood thanks to my wonderful new friends on Lorrie Jonas and Pamela Joy’s Joyful Art Ning site.
Last month I wanted to make an art doll using a beer bottle as my armature. I decided to make a jester like clown because the long neck of the bottle reminded me of some of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ images. I used Super Dough air-dry clay designed for children to make the doll. I purchased it last year to make Christmas decorations, but I did not use it. I wish I had, as I would have never used it for this project. Although the dough is smooth and easy to work with, it takes a long time to dry and it never really becomes completely hard. I believe it is because of the wheat ingredient in it. It is actually dough. The other problem I had was all the cracks from shrinkage. My Friend Laura Thykeson read on Dick Blick’s site that all air dry shrinks to some degree, especially when it is applied to a rigid armature. Because of the designs I embed in the clay I was able to disguise most of them with the addition of more clay when the doll was dry. I used metallic paint to enhance the festive appearance. All of this fantasy stuff is new to me, but it is a lot of fun to play like a little girl again.
Here are a few of the steps: