Thursday, June 17, 2010
Work In Progress -- A Wall Doll
Of this sour-faced little fellow, who most likely detested the lace-trimmed skirt and yearned for knickers, at least, or perhaps had hayfever, or maybe all of that, I thought, hmm, yes, a wall doll. It works with the flatness.
Here's as much as I got done today, posed on my lovely old leatherette horse-hair stuffed and pleated piano bench. His arms are not attached yet, but I have a provisional array of sardine can key, rusty beer bottle cap ("Rogue" brand), driftwood and a torn lesson page from Third Reader, a turn of the century school book.
On to the WIP; here's a closeup. I cropped the photo after uploading it and printed it out on cheesecloth, did some photo tinting with my trusty Prismacolor pencils, and used various "schmutzes" to fix the cloth and image, to prevent further fraying and fading.
Making the face out of scale with the doll's body has changed the boy's expression somewhat. It seems more dreamy. Maybe he's dreaming of scratching that itch. You can't see the little tuft of stiff horsehair topknot. I used a felting needle on that, but next time I'll handle it differently. Horse manes are not very cooperative, although they do have that springy, wirey linear quality that I really like.
I used a matte varnish on the wood pieces, but they still seem a bit shiny. A little sanding, maybe? These things have a way of going on and on and on, until I think they are finished, and that's always much later than I expected when I started the thing. I expect it's because the piece gets developed as I go along, so that the "cooking" has to be a low simmer; don't want it to stick to the bottom of the pot.
At the end, I think he'll get a bone counter (you knitters know what that is; I have a pile of them), sewn to his back so that he can be put up on the wall. If I still like him when I'm done, I'll save the pattern and do some more. I like the figure as a foundation for the patches and small scraps of old things that I have saved. Itty-bitty fragments of unknown and unremarked time.