Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bunny Girl

This past Sunday I took a wonderful class at Michele's Little Bird Creations studio.  Honestly, when I signed up I thought I'd just enjoy hanging with my buds Pat and Teri, and never expected to love it so much.  After all, I am not much of a doll person.  But under Joanna Pierotti's instruction, I really did fall in love with my bunny girl.  What, you might be wondering, is a bunny girl?  She's a small (about 6" tall) bisque doll with a bunny ear hat on her head.  I didn't think to take a picture of how she looked when we started, but bisqueware is ceramic that has only been fired once, and has no glaze on it.  Joanna taught us her techniques for painting and glazing her so she looks like she just came out of a kiln.  And then we dressed her.

Here is how mine looked after the painting and glazing, before her arms were attached, her wings created, or her clothing put together.

Here is Teri's doll at the same point.
I believe this one is Kelly's.  Some clever person figured out that our detail brushes fit into the openings for the arms, and that made it very easy to hold the dolls while painting and glazing.
We used bits of fabric, lace, hankies, ribbon, layer upon layer, to form the outfits.
Here is mine, followed by Teri's and Pat's.

Although we all started out with the same doll, the way we painted and dressed them gave each a distinct personality.  We used plain old acrylic paints, and Joanna demoed her painting techniques, including how to paint the delicate roses on the bunny hat.  Painting the details of the face took a steady hand and a tiny brush.
I added a few things and took more pictures when I got home.

And then, in my box of miniature items, I found the perfect place for my bunny girl to live.
I made a very girly, adorable doll!  Who'd a thunk it?????




Nook and Cranny said...

Well, your doll is just fantastic!
It is so interesting to see how the same item in the end look so different from the other, I love to see this..
Thanks for sharing.

Nancy said...

Oh my gosh! Eileen, she's such a sweet girl!! Love her!

Patzee said...

This class turned out to be a diamond in the rough. And your bunny girl became as unique as her creator. Just when you least expect it, a creative opportunity sneaks up on you and steals your heart.

Elena said...

Eileen!!!! She us beautiful! THATS IT!!!!! I sm moving to New York!! Seriously though - I miss u guys.

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

first .. seems you 3 had a great creative workshop again ! I wish I could do similar things too with a creative friend !

second... I'm not a biscuit doll person... but this bunny girls are soooo cute and cute enough to fit in my home !

really, really, I like she's a little bunny and you did paint the faces and the hat gorgeous. They all look perfect in their lace outfits.
Yours would also house perfectly in your lace book you did a while ago. I know I would put both on my pianodisplay :)

I would never be attempted to take such a workshop when I read about it, but seeing the results makes it so creative and personal and that's what I like about "workshops".
you three started with the same dolls but they grew into three unique personalities :)

a good workshop ànd you had a lot of joy together. What could one wish for more ?

greetings from Belgium

Karen said...

This has to be one of my favorite projects that you have posted. I just love these dolls. They are all so unique. I would love to do this at Keys 4 Art. Hint hint!!!!

Lee Hynes said...

She is divine!

Estrella said...

Your creation, as always, is perfect! Thank you for sharing.

Lori said...

I would not have believed it if I didn't see it! lol...a doll! I can say though, that I am very impressed with the results! Absolutely endearing! Pat and Terri's turned out wonderful as well!

De said...

They ae just gorgeous.... what fun you 3 girls must have!

tracyozzie said...

That doll is absolutely adorable. You amaze me every time I check out your blog. You rock darling. and as a side note I sure miss you

Lynn Stevens said...

Those bunny dolls are all so wonderful! You take the best classes!
Hugs Lynn

Norleen said...

Please please someone have an online class for the bunny girl. I want to make them for my grandbabies