My Pre-Workshop Izannah Walker Doll

By the end of the week I should have more information on the Izannah Walker workshop. However, officially it does not start until January 18th.

I am so excited to start the workshop that I decided to do a small project of an Izannah Doll on my own. Just to ‘gear up’ and get ready and to see how I would do before I start the doll for the workshop.

I took the free pattern by Dixie and reduced it to the size of a 9 inch doll.
Working smaller scale is always more difficult. She is 9″ doll. Which you don’t think is small until you sew and try to turn those limbs right side out! For the workshop we will be making an 18″ doll.

I had not a clue as to where to start but the focus of this little doll was to try out the sculpting of the clay head on the doll body. Before sewing the pattern I treated the fabric with over-dye paint stain. I then sewed it up, stuffed it and then detailed the limbs and her boots.

Time to sculpt the face on the doll. I am trying to sculpt to the likeness of the real Izannah dolls.

I am still getting used to sculpting a face in the air dry paper clay. I use the push and pull method with polymer clay and with air dry clay it is very different. The best method is to add the clay features. I have to switch gears and do the ‘adding clay’ to build a face instead of the push and pull method. As it dries, you can then keep adding additional pads of clay for features such as cheeks, forehead, etc.

Here is my first little Izannah Walker doll. I dinged her up good and antiqued her because I like that old feeling and primitive look to these types of dolls. After she is painted and dressed, the fun starts! I get to attack her and apply some wreckage to her. Oh what fun! You can’t be intimidated and think your going to wreck your piece — you probably won’t, but for me, the more dings and dents, the better she started to look! She has only a few assemblage flaws and defects but nothing that compromises her in any way from being sturdy.

Despite her flaws I do love her. I think she may end up as the ‘the bigger Izannah’s little doll. 🙂

Here she is!


7 thoughts on “My Pre-Workshop Izannah Walker Doll

  1. She is beautiful! She does not look at all like a brand new doll, she could have been around for years! My sister just signed up for Gritty Jane's cloth and clay workshop and wanted me to join too, but I may just have to take a look at this one instead.

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