Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I call her Day Dreamer













This is about this little Sculpey doll, Day Dreamer

First, Jenny and I painted funky faces on a little wood panel.
We had intentions from the beginning to paint a face and then use Sculpey to form her likeness. 
Jenny brought the Sculpey with her for us to play with because I didn't have any and haven't played with Sculpey in so many years. So many years that I forgot the one thing I did not like about Sculpey.
First, I guess you need to know that I have a compulsive need to put a final finish on any and all of my art. And that is where Sculpey and I do not get along.

The problem is it gets sticky and I don't remember ever getting past that and so I stopped playing with it years ago.
I painted the face while Jenny was here and when I realized it was STICKY, I put it down.
After Jenny was gone for a week, I decided that I had to finish her and conquer this STICKY situation. 
So, I gessoed the unpainted body and then painted it with my Golden acrylics. 

I started experimenting.
Gesso = not sticky
Golden matte medium = not sticky
Other Golden mediums = sticky
Lascaux acrylic Fixative = sticky
Finally, I thought to try Golden Polymer Varnish (gloss) = NOT STICKY!
I gessoed over the face that I already painted for a second time while Jenny was here and repainted it. Then I used the Golden Varnish and it is amazing how lovely she feels. 

One other thing that I remember, I love Sculpey or any kind of clay.  I get totally lost and in the zone with the soft malleable earthy stuff in my hands.
Thank you Jenny for coming and bringing your Sculpey and convincing the security guy at the airport that it was harmless!

14 comments:

  1. Awesome tip of the Golden Polymer Varnish. Love love love your creations. xo

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    1. Thanks Judy, I didn't say a thing to Jenny about the sticky and I was sure you already had a secret. I read on line something about using some kind of floor polish and for some reason that made me think about the Golden varnish that you mix 1 to 1 with water.

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  2. Thank you for sharing the closeups--didn't quite see the same detail on Facebook. Glad you and Jenny had such a wonderful time together. I can only imagine the discussions and laughter! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Kathie, Yes indeed Jenny and I had such a relaxed fun art time.

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  3. I have never had an issue with sculpey being sticky after baking, now during the process of sculpting - yes, so that is why I always use Prosculpt or Living Doll. Love your doll and painting though.

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    1. turns out a lot of people did. I will have to check into Prosculpt and Living Doll

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  4. Sharon, these are BOTH the absolute LOVELIST ever. So darn sweet and beyond SPECIAL! Thank you for sharing your struggles. We all appreciate showing your efforts, and can avoid these traps! Your visit with Jenny sounded so SPECIAL. Thank you for sharing that too, LOVED your bobcat video, unbelievable. wanda ;)

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    1. Thank you Wanda. Always love hearing from you.

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  5. Esa mariposa en uno de los ojos me encanta :)

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    1. Thank you. We must have butterflies on this little woodland girlie.

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  6. She's adorable. I want to feel the golden ploymer on her. I'll bet is is silky smooth and lush. You never fail to amaze me.

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  7. I can't even express how much I adore these two pieces together! LOVE - so gorgeous and emotive!

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  8. Really enjoyed catching up on your blog this morning Sharon! Looks like you are having the best time working on your "Garden Palace". Wonderful that you are sharing before and after photos - super inspiring - and, as always, love your infamous faces in paint and clay! Keep it up lady!!! Look forward to more!

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  9. Hi Sharon, I am finally able to post. however I can't get at my blog other then to sign in. :-( I just wanted to tell you your little girl is awesome!! Far greater then our "infamous" porcelain dolls that you and I had such a deep background in! I see you used sculpt.. interesting.. did you bake it for 20 minutes?.. I have used paper clay.. but it is not as nice as polymer. She is so darling. I would love to make one like her. thank you for the inspiration as always. I hope I can finish all of my classes. Its been yrs and I still haven't been able to do them. I think I am gearing up! Help!! xox Darlene

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