I finished two of the Catrinas I've been working one. First, the one I took to Amelia when I went to the office yesterday.
Then the one for Erin, which now I must figure out a way to package so I can mail it to her. I'm hoping I have a box to use; surely with all of the boxes I save, one will work.
Love using the tiny skull beads I bought in New Orleans at The Bead Shop.
Two down, one to go. But the third head, the one with hair, doesn't appeal to me as much, so for the time-being, she is on hold. I made the body (which I like), but this time won't use an armature--when I get back to her, she will either sit or stand. And I also have the old-fashioned witch doll on hold.
So...yesterday, I started working on a sock doll. Haven't made one in several years, but I saw a pair of children's socks with a pumpkin in the dollar section of Target and decided it was time to make another one. The body and limbs are sock, but the head is painted muslin. When the paint was dry (gessoed, sanded, painted with watery black, then with orange) I liked the effect and now I have other ideas--and I haven't even finished this one.
Also, a couple of years ago, a friend gave me some small gourds. I used one, but went into one of my dry spells, and they sat (washed and scoured) waiting. Vintage Halloween black cats are one of my favorites and after the gourd was painted black, I checked several images of vintage cats, sketched out a few variations for eyes and have a cat in progress.
I have these fits two or three times a year and will spend about 8 hours a day playing with cloth and clay. It's messy. Partly because I move from one thing to another, starting something new before finishing something else.