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Gwendolyn Online Workshop – Starts March 11th

Gwendolyn Online Workshop begins March 29!

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 Altered Tin Wall Doll

There is a huge fascination with altered and found objects in the art world these days, and I must confess that I too have been smitten….So what do you get when you merge two passions – doll making & altered tins – you get Gwendolyn!

Gwendolyn full body

This is such a yummy doll! I had so much a fun making Gwendolyn and would love to share her with you! I used a lot of my favorite things: velvet, netting, leaf garland, velvet leaves, pearls, glitzy beads, bits of lace and other fun stuff from my stash (and that’s just on the outside). The tin is lined with pretty scrapbooking papers and then filled to the brim with bits of lace, silk flowers, velvet leaves, junk jewelry (nothing expensive but it looks pretty when you put it together), glass glitter, glass beads, pearls, rhinestone jewelry…….oh my!

Gwendolyn Center

Like I said, YUMMY! We will be using my “Jubilee-press mold” to create the face on this doll. I’ll show you how to use the press mold to create a head bead, and also how to tweak the face a bit to get different looks – It’s a really fun process. Press molds are a great way to make a quick face. Also, they are great for those who may not feel comfortable sculpting a face. We will also be using Apoxie Clay…the newest tool in my toolbox.

Gwendolyn Face

I usually try to list all the techniques you will learn…but there are too many to list. Sometimes the class is about the techniques you learn and sometimes it’s just about making a really fun doll! With this doll you get both!

Gwendolyn Feet

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New…Garden Pixie Online Workshop

Starts March 29th!

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Garden Pixie Workshop

Wouldn’t you love to find this little pixie dancing around in your flower garden?  She is a 12” figure with a wire armature body and cloth over clay face.  She is dancing in the center of a rose which is resting on a pedestal.  Very sweet…very fun to make!

What you’ll learn:

  •  Body armature for a fully articulated figure
  • Wrapping a body with batting to create muscle (cloth over wire wrapping)
  • Needle sculpting to define the body
  • Posing a body to achieve whimsical effects
  • Simple ways to mount a figure on found object(s)
  • Cloth over paper clay face
  • Soft delicate face painting techniques using acrylic paint
  • A super easy technique for making tiny fingers
  • Whimsical costuming & embellishing including petite garden slippers
  • Fun techniques to age wood and other found objects

This is such a fun class.  The techniques taught give a lot of room for self-expression and each doll turns out so unique!

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Cruising to Wonderland!


Come join Patti Medaris Culea, Cyndi Mahlstadt, and Adele Sciortino on an exciting 11-day, 10 night doll-making cruise.  We’ll sail to the southern Caribbean destinations of Labadee, Haiti; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Limon, Costa Rica; and Grand Cayman on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas.

February 25- March 7, 2011
Departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Cruise Itinerary:
Day 1    Depart Ft.
Day 2    Cruising
Day 3    Labadee, Haiti
Day 4    Cruising
Day 5    Cartagena, Colombia
Day 6    Colon, Panama
Day 7    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Day 8    Cruising
Day 9    George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 10  Cruising
Day 11  Ft. Lauderdale

Package Includes:
11-night Royal Caribbean Cruise
Food & Entertainment
Workshops with both teachers
Doll Challenge
Show & Tell evening event
Extra afternoon activity with a special guest
Group photo
Mad Hatter Hat Night

The cost of the cruise starts at a little over $1500.00 per person, which includes the cruise fare, port charges, government taxes and fees, gratuities and workshops with both teachers.  For companions not interested in the workshops that fee is deducted.  They can attend any of the social functions if desired.

Our theme this year is Alice in Wonderland.  Cyndi and Patti are creating dolls based on their love of the new movie and the books.   And, as you saw in the listing above, we will have a Mad Hatter Hat contest, so put your thinking caps on for the type of wacky hat you’d like to wear.

Pre and Post night hotel stays, airline reservations, hotel/ship transfers, will also be arranged based on your specific requirements.  Other fun activities are available on Cloth Doll Cruises website. 

Our wonderful leader is again Barbara Roby.  She’s worked her magic and blocked the best cabins on the ship for our group. 

Space in classroom sessions is limited so CALL NOW and confirm your spot.

Contact Barbara Ann Roby barbara@brtravelservices.com

Workshop Show & Tell

A fun weekend!

Under the sea…Mermaid Workshop
February 7 & 8, 2009

The whole class

a great weekend….What a fun group of ladies!  Recently I had the
opportunity to teach my Mermaid workshop at Piecemakers Country Store
in Costa Mesa, California.  We had a blast – five ladies (myself
included) created, laughed, shared our thoughts, and expressed our many
opinions about the mermaid's feminine qualities!

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