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Mixed-Media Doll Making

Redefining the Doll with Upcycled Materials

Mixed-Media Doll Making
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Format: Paperback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781592537440
Publisher: Quarry Books
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Illustrations: 250
Size: 8.5 x 10 x .5
Weight: 1.313 lb.
Published: Oct. 1, 2011
DC: AQ
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Inspired by the "Dada" notion of making art from materials that would not typically be combined or expected to go together, and driven by a similar sense of irony and humor, this exciting book by Linda and Opie O'Brien shares their unique approach to making mixed-media dolls. It is not only a "must have" volume for anyone interested in found object art and the human form, it is a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the power, symbolism, and cultural significance of dolls and representational figures.

In Mixed-Media Doll Making, the authors share detailed techniques for using surface embellishments, creating faces, heads, and limbs, using molds and molding products, and building and transforming disparate objects into whimsical, inspiring dolls. Starting with a variety of substrates including a wood block, a canvas, a tin can, a book, and a box construction, readers are guided step by step through five types of doll constructions.

Inside, you'll find:

—Complete instructions for making a box construction doll, a wood block substrate doll, a two-sided canvas frame doll, a tin can doll, and a book doll

—Numerous variations on each of the core projects for further experimentation

—An inspiring gallery of mixed-media dolls from leading artists who discuss their methods and share their very personal answers to the question: "What is a doll?"

Originally from New York City, Linda and Opie O'Brien are full time artists living on Lake Erie in Ohio with their cat Angelus and his cat Angel. They teach workshops nationally and internationally. Their work includes jewelry, Dada dolls, artist books, assemblage, collage, masks, music, and more, and has been featured in numerous books, magazines, galleries, exhibitions, solo shows, museum gift shops, and private collections. View their work at http://www.burntofferings.com.

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Introduction

Chapter 1: Techniques and Materials

Tools

Techniques

Coloring Wood

Painting

Using Ink

Glazes and Washes

Adding Finishing Touches and Special Effects to Substrates and Surfaces

Crackle Paint

Rubber Stamps

Molding Paste

Metallic Foils and Waxes

Apoxie Sculpt

Altering an Existing Head

Creating Faces and Limbs

Using Ready-Made Molds and Definition Tools

The Apoxie Sculpt Face

The Polymer Clay Face

The Paper Clay Face

Making Your Own Polymer Clay Molds

Using a Mold-Making Kit

The Instant Gratification Limb

Collaging Canvas Substrates

Rusting Paper and Metal

The Found Object Head

Tinkering with Tin

Creating a Dada Diary

The Covers

Diary Variations

The Pages

Binding

Finishing

The Fine Art of Attachment

Chapter 2: Projects and Variations

THE WOOD SUBSTRATE DADA: I’ve Got the Music in Me

THE CANVAS FRAME DADA: Dos Dada

THE TIN CAN DADA: Eight, Skate, and Rotate

THE BOOK DADA: The Story of a Bad Boy

THE BOX-CONSTRUCTION DADA: The Dada Diary

Chapter 3: Gallery of Odd Dolls and Dadas

CONTACT INFORMATION

RESOURCES

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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