Art Doll Quarterly will be publishing the Gourd Challenge Dolls in their Fall 2011 issue... I am hoping to finish "The Guardian of Hope" in time for the entry deadline (coming up quick!)
"The Guardian of Hope" is made from a photo transfer on cotton knit fabric, using a vintage photograph from my stash of long forgotten souls! I stretched the fabric over a basic paper clay form that I built up, intentionally trying to form the "smile lines" on either side of her mouth. Then I hand colored the details. Her paper clay hands STILL need to be painted and distressed. She looks like she's wearing white gloves at the moment! Tsk, Tsk!
Her body is a "birdhouse" gourd that is hollowed out, cleaned, and then I layered it (the inside) with paper-toweling using a white glue & water mixture for added texture. I still need to add a wash of color to the inside...
The outside of the gourd is covered with a paper napkin, using the same white glue & water mixture. The natural finish of the gourd shows through the translucent single-ply napkin nicely. I cut the little bird from a piece of pine, added wooden dowel legs, and placed him on the wire & wood perch.