January 12, 2011

Clara and Glory Peg Dolls

This Christmas I made a couple of peg dolls for my sister and aunt.  As you can see they are peacefully housed in doodled bakery boxes (idea from Emily Martin of The Black Apple).  I purchased the blank boxes at Michaels and whimsically doodled on them.

This is Mademoiselle Clara.  She is awkwardly shy, but full of strange curiosities.

I experimented with Clara's hair by using a fine point felt pen to stipple her hair.  I'm not sure if stipple is the correct term.  I've always enjoyed the texture look when artists draw the hair similar to Clara's hair, but better of course :-)  I tried to research the technique online, but I have no idea what the correct terminology is.  If you know what I'm trying to describe and can point me in the right direction, please leave a comment or email me.  

She lies on a bed of moss in her box house.  I told you she had strange curiosities.  And that's not the half of it!  She insists on wearing shoes made of a woman's obituary.  The woman's name in the obituary is (gulp)....CLARA!  Duh duh DUNNN! The mystery continues...
I gave her to my sister.

And here we have Glory.  Ahhhhh.  A sweet angel indeed.

I used paper clay to make the wings.  I would like to make another angel and maybe try a different technique for the wings in the hope of making them with even more edge texture.  Her shoes are made of text from the bible verse Luke 2:13,14.  She lies on a bed of clouds (cotton balls) in her doodle box.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to take a pic of the inside of her box.  She was a gift to my aunt, who is an angel to me.




Vanessa said...

So cute! I love their eyes :)

Cadiedid said...

I love them both! I wish I could help you out with the term, but I don't know it either. However, I think Clara's hair looks fantastic the way you did it! Hope you'll swing by my blog for a visit! http://classiccrafter.blogspot.com

Can't wait to see what else you make in 2011!

lucky knitter said...

They are both beautiful!

Lindsey said...

I love love love these! Those have to be the cutest peg dolls in the whole world! And the packaging?! Such a great touch! I can only imagine the hours that went into these lovely projects.

Oh, and stippling is a pen and ink term, but it refers to making tiny marks, like dots or very short lines that don't really overlap; they're all just next to each other. I would just say you drew the hair with a wavy hatching technique. Look up Stippling, Hatching, and Cross Hatching. Or Pen and Ink Techniques. You might like to try some of them!

Pretty Ditty said...

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Lindsey - Thank you for the info. I will try a search on your suggested words.

cArLa said...

they are so beautiful! please make more!

Alyssa said...

I admire all the peg dolls you make! You give them a personality, and I like that. I agree with Lindsey that the technique you used on Clara's hair is probably closest to hatching. It also reminds me of one of my favorites: wood cut prints. I love the energy that all the lines create. Clara's hair looks like a pen version of the wood-cut look. Love it!

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