I have been slightly distracted from my doll art. I was in the library getting a book to read and I happen to find this great book on Creating Polymer Clay villages by Gail Ritchey.
It intrigued me, so I checked it out of the library and went home. Well, let me tell you, it sat on my art table for a few days before I did anything. I just loved the little houses in the book, but it kept screaming out to me “ohhh my goodness … sooo much work, SIGH…. so tedious, too complicated”. Because that is how these houses looked; really detailed, tiny little houses with lots of colored clay.
Well, the type of person I am, I felt challenged. I loved the houses so much I was determined to try one. I mean really …. how complex can it be?? I assemble dolls on armatures, sculpt detailed little tiny faces and paint their eyes, do costuming, wings, and hair! So let’s get started!!
My first one did take quite awhile. I went slow, read the instructions thoroughly. I really wanted it to turn out just like the photos in the book. Well, everything went perfectly step by step. The book had great instructions and the author did a really fabulous job. You will create what you see in this book!
After the first one, I was hooked! It was so much fun and quite surprisingly it was not as hard as I thought. Just tedious and time consuming. Which I am used to anyway. After the first one was finished, I just had to do another one.
Here are my two little village houses. They are made entirely of polymer clay. Only a small tiny amount of paint is added at the every end for antiquing and maybe brightening up some of the flowers a hint. But overall, all the color is the clay color and color mixing.
You can view more photos showing the entire house (sides and back) in the Flickr Photo Set Here
I am starting my third one because I just can’t help myself. its just too much fun right now!
I learned some great things with constructing 3d objects in polymer clay. This was totally out of my realm but I managed to finish two and they really excite me. I am now thinking of holiday and Christmas shops, ohhhhh how much fun!
I decided to buy the book since its so fabulous and it can be useful for applying other methods within my sculpting. I always learn something when I venture out of my norm. Something different and refreshing in order to renew my creativity!
My first two, complete with felted bottoms for displaying on a nice shelf or table. So much fun!