Published November 19, 2014
I’ve been creating more stuffs lately. Inspired by other artist works, who share their their technique, I tried my best to do everything and in my own style. There are really lots of great artists out there especially those specializing in clay sculptures and art dolls – I cried a little inside every time I was so amazed with their work. But then, I remind myself again that although I practically have been crafting my whole life but I had too much continuous vacuum due to study and the circumstances, so in the end I have never done it seriously until last year. So I consider myself a rookie now and with such advances it made me happier.
Despite of everything else going on which made me up and down I got a really flattering offer to design three plushies for an author’s children book. I’m very excited and can’t wait to start the project, which I have and its fun :)
I think I’ve been doing a little too much type of crafts at once so now I’m going to focus more on artist dolls and sculptures – well there isn’t much difference in the techniques except the soft plush part in art doll which those fluffy sculptures don’t have. I will also still be doing regular plushies and sometimes regular clay figurines but those will have to wait.
I’m a person who get discouraged easily sometimes, so big thanks to my biggest supporters: Suzanne, Katerina, Vivi and of course my boyfriend :) As a matter of fact, thanks to you too so here is my gift to you:
I’m hosting a giveaway for this cute baby santa earmuff. Kindly go to my facebook page to join or you can also join in instagram (name/handle: judithchenartworks) Good luck! :3
She’s a long overdue project. I’ve made the head long way in August and just finished him in around mid-end October. I wasn’t sure what I was planning to do with the rest of the body or how it would be designed. Other artists normally plan ahead of what they wanted to make, plan the design in advance, etc. But not for me. Sometimes I prepared only until half-way or even just partial body then follow my guts for the rest. This is exactly what I did for this piece.
It honestly took me awhile to get my crafting mojo back, I think in between those time I didn’t really make anything except a few custom order. No new items. Generally I don’t like making the same things over and over again, so I normally always try something new or skip my crafting from one type to another. For instance after making an art doll, I’ll go to just sculpting, baking or cooking then embroider something. just like that. I take my time learning from other artists, either browsing DA tutorials or youtube videos. I look mostly on ideas to get inspiration, or crafting tips like how to attach furs to art dolls. I found it very amusing. Many people asked me the exact same question: how can you craft while doing your master thesis? Well simple answer: its not something like a routine I do in between. its an art therapy, it something I need to keep me sane.
So back to the bear again, I think I’m only gonna make one more of these in grey, baby yellow or blue. maybe purple. still not sure yet. She is wire supported on the body and head, so even though the head is needle sculpted its firm. Maybe I’ll make the next one fully pose-able. This little bear is looking for someone to adopt her, so I hope she finds a loving home soon. I’m currently doing more sculpting (without plushie or other soft parts) and I will talk about it more in the next post :)
Published August 24, 2014
hey hey…sorry I’m just always absent somewhere but things just went crazy again. I suddenly have stuff I really like to make like phone plugs and flower hairpin, but they’re apparently on hold now cause the supplies haven’t arrived yet. On the other hand the table is turning right now so life is apparently getting better. I hope I can land a job before I finish my master degree, so wish me luck :) Here are some things I’ve made, and after I settle a bit with my thesis I’ll be making much more. Flower hairpins is an absolute must cause my best friend is getting married soon so I want to contribute something to it <3
If you are interested in ordering something just kindly hover to my etsy. The button is on the right side of the page, otherwise email me : firstname.lastname@example.org
Until then…see ya^^
Who doesn’t love kitties? Those fluffy little felines sure are adorable. But being in combo with flowers or sweets sure makes them a deadly combo x3 The first kitty pictured is my first needle-felted cat and the second critter I made with needle felting technique. I never knew needle felting requires such patience, but I start to really like it! From the wool leftovers I made a second identical cat and put him on a carpet with the little lamb I made. The lamb was made from the last scraps of the two cats :)
The first cat was named Siobhan, after my best friend’s cat. I made this cat especially for her. Siobhan is now on his way to Belgium! I hope she will love him. Siobhan is complemented with a bucket of roses. The rose bucket is especially designed for the cat, and is carefully sculpted by hands without molds. I only use needles and toothpicks as usual^^
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I think this is the first time I ever posted a recipe here, without writing it in an external site. Lets see if it works better, since I am not active in that site anymore. Maybe its better to write it here, also to maintain this blog because maintaining two blogs (the other with general articles) is hard >_<
Shephard pie is one of my personal favorite, but I always think the taste could get a little spiced up. So I made an experiment of this pie awhile ago and my friends loved it. Actually I’m writing this down here also to fulfill my promise sharing the recipe with them. I don’t know what a chef would think, but this recipe is something I made up to make use of the limited resources I have here. I also tried to make adjustment in the taste. The meat uses a heap of spices so instead of milk or heavy cream I used sour cream for the mash potatoes to balance the taste. I hope you like it! :)
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Published June 1, 2014
art doll , art project , giveaway , plushie , refashion , sewings
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This month I think I made quite a lot of stuffs than usual. Or maybe because I was so bored that I want to distract myself by making cute stuffs :D One of my favorite that I recently made is a winter robe refashion. Yep, you read it right. I finally did another refashion since forever. Well, its because at the moment I absolutely have no sewing machine nor some space to put it even if I would win it from a giveaway (would still love one, though). So around two years ago when I just got to Germany, I went from a totally skin-burning degree of 35 degrees C to nearly zero. I was even freezing in my sleep even with a thick blanket. So I thought I would buy an extra winter blanket…which turns out to be…yeah, a robe *facepalm. And I realized it way too late so I couldn’t return it to the store and get my refund. So after nearly two years sitting in my closet doing nothing I finally got the idea to turn it into a cape with hoodie. I even added cat ears! I got the idea from the manga Himouto Umaru-chan. Now I’m wearing it everyday, even in my sleep. I’m telling you, its really comfortable :3
I also got back my mood of making clay, and I follow tutorials and stuff for help. Well, this is also partially because the glass cabs I ordered for making the art dolls still haven’t arrived yet. As usual, Deutsche Post makes me wait forever for anything I’m getting. So I decided I will try to make something else. Here are the pictures of some of the stuffs that I made in May! It was a lot of fun. And oh, by the way don’t forget that the giveaway is still running! The prize is one of my cute sheep or bunny plush (you can chose!). It ends soon so you better hurry. Its a friendly giveaway, thus there’s no mandatory entry. Enter here
Good luck if you’re entering ;)
So I finally gather my guts to make art dolls! I’ve been wanting to try it for quite awhile but since I’m a total noob in sculpting and painting and I’m not an expert in sewing dolls yet, I totally have no guts! I started sculpting a face which is a total mess, and I wasted nearly one block of fimo. So with the leftovers I made a smaller one and procrastinate months until I finally won some free art doll supplies and think, now or never. Though I think in comparison to other artists who started before me, I’m still lousy but I’m quite happy with the result. At least I don’t need to be embarrassed when I show it to people ^^;
This doll is only roughly 7cm tall, made from faux fur and fimo. all features are handmade. the doll is not posable but she can sit by herself without support. Now another good news is, I won another free supplies. This time its craft eyes from Sun Catcher Eyes. I can’t use them with fimo, as fimo needs to be baked, but I will order some air-dry based velvet clay so I can use them together. I still have a grey faux fur and the white ones as well from Mira, the really nice lady who gift me the art doll kit supplies. She said if I need something she will help me, very nice of her right? :)
On top of that, I do have a deep green glitter fimo that I already plan to use with some glass cabochon for eyes. All I need now is some more white acrylic paint and shade brush. Thankfully, they’re supposed to be provided in the local craft store. I’m contented, seems like the second art doll doesn’t have to wait that long to be made and the third should be planned well already. Experiment is fun! xD