Gaelyn Lakin, one of our Portland Art Collective members, is moving to California. She makes the most incredible Santos and several of us wanted to learn how she creates them. Gaelyn, Tory Brokenshire and Stephanie Brockway taught the workshop. First, we took our dolls found at the Goodwill and removed their bisque heads (no hair) and arms. Steph made each of us a doll stand with her wood working skills.
Tory showed us how she covers the head in Sculpey clay, bakes and paints the faces.
The arms are attached to painted dowels. The stand is painted before assembling the doll. Then, I sewed the head to her body/stand and wired the arms onto to her body.
Tomorrow, we dress the dolls. In preparation, I stained some muslin, lace and cheese cloth using an acrylic staining process learned from Susie LaFond's tutorial. I can't wait to see how she evolves.