Saturday, June 28, 2014


Squirrel Art Doll Work In Progress by Bethann Scott

Miss Melony received her bushy white tail today. I placed a Thunbergia flower from my garden in her hand. I thought about sculpting one from paper-clay.

 Sill much work to do.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


 The Squirrel's finally have their bodies except for the arm sleeves. The sculpted head, hands and legs are not secured in place yet because I still have to do more sculpting and then paint. So do they look like squirrels or mice???

Sir Alexander Acorn and Miss Melony Doll WIP

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Today I added the ears but I'm not sure I'm going to add the ruff that goes below the cheek area. The "ruff" looks cute, but I'm leaning towards not adding it.

I need to do a little more around the neck flange area, sand and then hope to paint the faces this week. Also the class received lesson three which was to sew the body.


I finally decided to take the plunge and try making a doll following the techniques of the late artist Robert McKinley in his book "Dollmaking One Artists Approach". I've heard such great things about the artist. I know many artist use some of his techniques in their doll making process. This is my attempt to construct a doll using some of his techniques.

Making the cardboard body armature to develop a body pattern

I was hoping my paper clay Head would fit and could be used but it doesn't.

Draping muslin over the cardboard front torso armature

Front lower torso

The body is stuffed and ready for the neck plate to be formed

Covering the upper torso to receive neck plate
The neck plate was developed and is drying
Carefully removed the Neck Plate and peeled off all the foil .The Neck Plate is amazingly flexible!
Trying on the Doll's Neck Plate (it can be trimmed if necessary)
This is where I left off
This is the side view showing the doll's dowager slump
I was hoping the Old Woman Head would fit this body.....but to my surprise the muslin filled out a little fuller than anticipated and I had to go back to the drawing board to construct another body. Also, Robert McKinley made his doll using Super Sculpey, therefore, this body construction may not work with a Creative Paper Clay head and neck. We will see. This is my doll maker's muse for today.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


 A few days ago, I began a new paper clay sculpture. This is going to be an Old Woman. I've never sculpted an old woman using clay. Adding the the wrinkles and big nose was quite a delight! Yes, she is going to be based on a Vintage Halloween Postcard. Below is a photo before I added her eye lids and eye bags.
Sculpture WIP by Bethann Scott

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


This is just the beginning stages of the sculpt. I've never made an animal's head using paper clay. I also have to remember this is a "character figure" and not a "realistic" squirrel.
Squirrel Head Sculpture WIP by Bethann Scott
I like to sculpt during the summer and fall months. I can sit outside and not worry about the mess Creative Paper Clay can make. Most of the mess comes from the sanding part. I have a balcony overlooking our backyard and enjoy watching the birds and yes, the squirrels too!

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