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1  Re: Monster Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by artsycandice on: June 29, 2016 09:09:28 PM
I received from rockingbearranch an adorable package, behold!

Everything came tucked inside the fun monster pouch, that is very well made, by-the-way. Grin There is a cute little monster drawing and two crazy stitched monsters that look like they might be made out of marshmallows!

Here are the duo. The larger one is holding a spoon and I haven't decided if it intends on feeding or eating the smaller monster. I suppose the point is moot either way as the monster pouch ate them all! Muahahaha!!

And the super cute monster drawing. I love him!

Thank you so much for swapping with me!!
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2  Strange Doll Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by artsycandice on: June 23, 2016 08:16:52 PM
Original Thread

Strange dolls by artist Scott Radke.


artsycandice <---> dessadoll
cmarion3 <---> WiccadWitch
emilywilde <---> Sarasmile
LovelyMiss <---> JoyfulClover
PromisedHeartbrk <---> pioneer9
suereal <---> Ludi
petskin <---> PerfectlyBohemian

Sent and received
Sending late with communication
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3  Beistle Inspired Art Doll in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by artsycandice on: May 29, 2016 02:34:08 PM
So, there are these fabulous vintage Halloween images that I had no idea actually a name! You should check them out here: Beistle. Thank you Pottermouth for that. I had never heard that word before seeing it on her questionnaire. So, I was completely inspired by them and made this doll for her in the Everyday is Halloween swap.

The body beneath I stuffed with fiber fill. His limbs can bend, but won't hold their post. The shimmering costume is made from shirts I bought at a second hand store. The ribbon around his neck is a scrap piece I got from an artsy reuse center.

With his mask:

Picture by pottermouth


Picture by pottermouth

Holding a little fabric pumpkin with a sculpted clay stem:

Picture by pottermouth

His little snazzy shoes. I sewed on the teeny buttons that wrapped the ribbon around them.

Picture by pottermouth

I didn't take an exact measurement but I think he is about two feet long.

Picture by pottermouth

The mask easily goes on and lifts off.

If you don't want to hide his face the mask can be hung from the pumpkin stem.

His handsome profile.

I sculpted the face out of Sculpey clay (the flesh colored oven bake stuff) along with his hands and the pumpkin stem. He is painted with acrylics. First I painted all parts black them used a little sponge to apply two shades or orange together. It allowed for some wonderful dimension to appear.

You can barely see the wire hanger here for hanging him on a wall.

I wish that I had taken progress pictures. You can't tell, but when I sculpted the head I added a large clay block poking off the top of his head. This is to have something better to glue the hat to. The hat is a piece of card stock with fabric glued to it. The buttons are sewn on but the trim is glued down.

The buttons on his costume were a great find. They are plastic but the black centers are raised and fuzzy, like velvet. I was going to sew the on but the back protruded too far and made the buttons dangle down so I cut the backs off and used some heavy-duty glue on them.

He was soooo much fun to make, I want to make more! Thank you so much for swapping with me. Your were a wonderful inspiration.

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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by artsycandice on: May 28, 2016 08:11:24 PM
I took a photo today with Flobot that I just HAD to share. I discovered this a couple of weeks ago in one of the parking garages downtown. Isn't it great?! I've no idea who put it up or why, but it's great.

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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by artsycandice on: May 27, 2016 01:43:54 PM
Oh my goodness. That little duck is adorable! Cheesy

I had fixated on finding a beaver (our state animal) or a Western Meadowlark (our state bird) and that is why the hang up with pictures. But, I was outside looking at a tree and it occurred to me, that's a Douglas Fir, wait, THAT'S A DOUGLAS FIR!! (Our state tree) So...

Here is Flobot with the Oregon state tree...

And a close-up with the unique pinecones (still green and growing at this stage)...

The Story of the Douglas-fir Cones
"Indigenous legend in the Pacific Northwest tells that a long time ago there was a great fire in the forest. All of the animals were fleeing before the encroaching flames. However, the tiny mice with their short little mouse-legs were not quick enough to outrun the fire. In danger of being engulfed in the flames, they asked the strong and stoic Douglas-fir trees for help. The trees were inclined to be friendly to the mice, and allowed them to climb up their thick, fire-resistant trunks and hide themselves in their fir cones. The mice gladly took shelter inside the cones, and survived the terrible fire. And even today if you examine the cones of a Douglas-fir closely you can see the little hind feet and tails of the mice sticking out from beneath the scales of the fir cones."
Taken from this site.

And, because I thought to look up other "state things". Look, this whole time our state drink has been sitting in the fridge... milk! Grin Grin Grin

And, because we were outside and I'm happy they survived the winter and are blooming, my little succulent garden...
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6  Re: Everyday is Halloween Gallery SO May 20th in The Swap Gallery by artsycandice on: May 19, 2016 03:07:35 PM
I received from the ever fabulous pottermouth. Brace yourselves...

Her stitches are sooooo tiny and wonderful. I had to look at it twice to be sure that the text is in fact all stitched in thread. I love the embroidered edges, the felt details, and the high level of craftsmanship that went into making this such a lovely piece. Thank you so very much. I just may keep it up year round. Grin

And a fun extra of graphic bird cards. I will likely frame these and hang them up. Cheesy

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7  Strange Doll Swap (S/U CLOSED; S/O 06/28/16) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by artsycandice on: May 13, 2016 09:37:47 AM
Strange dolls by artist Scott Radke.


Swap name: Strange Doll Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: artsycandice
Sign-up date range: 05/13/16 - 05/24/16
Date to send item by: Tuesday June 28, 2016

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? Craftster rules

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

You will make one strange doll for one partner Grin. Your strange art doll might incorporate any of the following: fabric, clay, paper, metal, wood, etc.

* There is a long crafting period for this swap, please check in at least once a week so we know that you are still crafting away. And, please post at least once before signing up to ensure you will receive notifications for this swap.*

** If you will not be able to complete your obligations please get in touch with me and your partner as soon as possible so an angel can be found **

What exactly is an art doll:

From this article, Art Dolls: Facts and Fancies, on Etsy:

What is an art doll? This is as loaded a question as What is art?

Theres no hard and fast definition to be found for an art doll. They can be made out of almost any medium or several different media. They come in various shapes, sizes, styles, and designs. They can be very realistic or abstract with barely anything recognizable on them. They can be human, humanoid, anthropomorphic, alien, fantasy, sci-fi, or just about anything in between.

From Wikipedia, Art Doll:

Art dolls are objects of art, rather than children's toys, created in a wide variety of styles and media, and may include both pre-manufactured parts or wholly original works....Art dolls production demand a wide range of skills and technologies, including sculpting, painting, and costuming. They are often multimedia objects made from materials such as fabric, paperclay, polymer clay, wax, wood, porcelain, natural or synthetic hair, yarn, wool, and felt.

These doll will not necessarily be kid friendly (you don't have to use safety eyes, can have wire hair poking out, etc.). So yeah, whatever you want to do, rigid or squishy, humanoid, or other. Grin Your partner will likely influence the form and direction your doll takes. I am getting pretty excited about this one now. Grin

Here are galleries from previous doll swaps for your enjoyment:

Art Doll Swap
Junker Jane Style Doll Swap
Art Dolls 2
Art Dolls 3

If you want to participate, please send the following information to the organizer: artsycandice

Name of swap: Strange Doll Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

List 5 - 10 themes that you like:

List your favorite colors:

Any least favorite colors?

Anything special you want your partner to include/exclude? (fur, feathers?)

Do you have any size requests?
* Only fill this out if you have a box or something that your doll needs to fit into, otherwise, leave it blank please. *

Do you have any allergies?

Are there any allergens in your home? (pets/smoke/other):

Do you have a Pinterest you could share for inspiration?

* Please refrain from including extras. This swap is for one amazingly strange doll only. *

Please add anything else you want your partner or me to know.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
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8  Re: STS Spring Market 2016- Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by artsycandice on: May 13, 2016 08:06:48 AM
Spikefan requested a custom image for the last point that she had to spend. She sent a list of favorite birds, I chose the Yellow-billed Hornbill. I had intended to draw it, an atc or something, but had this little tiny canvas sitting there and it seemed a good fit.

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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by artsycandice on: May 08, 2016 08:02:22 PM
It is great to see what all of the little visitors are up to. I am glad that Hawk is having a very rounded vacation. Cheesy

I took Flobot to the store I work in part time (I work out in the garden center part of it). We are a few weeks into a major remodel that is slated to end in November.

We went out into the garden part too and enjoyed some of the flower there. Here Flobot is enjoy a flat of marigolds.

Flobot with a begonia.

I had to share this because I didn't know that our local grocery store was a part of this program. I've seen in advertised but it was neat to see in person. (Flobot is hiding in the display. Smiley )

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10  Re: STS Spring Market 2016- Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by artsycandice on: May 05, 2016 02:21:23 PM
Claimed by Underthemountain. Thanks so much! My shop is officially closed. Woohoo!

Wire-wrapped Grapes Pendant

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