Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My Reborn Christmas commission Babies


These are the babies I have been working on, and I can finally show you.

The first picture is the doll kit Ryan, the second is Dumplin and the third is the Coplin kit,
all are from Bountiful Baby.

They are created using Artist Pigment Inks.  This is a technique that I have
been working on perfecting for nearly a year.  Artist Pigment Inks are not new, and many artists use them.
I have found what works best for me and the techniques are my own.  The inks are very permanent and the test dolls I have from a year ago have not faded and are just as vibrant as the dolls I create today.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Merry Christmas
This is my favorite Christmas video!!  
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Christmas in November!!!!

I just got part of my Christmas presents today!!!  I am so excited...
It was a big box of doll kits, from Bountiful Baby.  They just got their out-of-stock kits back in.
I had to order them as soon as I saw they were in, for fear of them selling out again.  I am so thankful for Bountiful Baby for selling their kits at a reasonable price.  They make it possible to for me to be able to Reborn.  I just can't afford the kits that are priced so high.

I ordered Shyann, Sugar and Ryan.  These are going to be for eBay and for a doll show in May.
I have been waiting for so long for the kits to come in.

I have another box coming with 3 Meg kits, a Paisley, Dumplin, and a Page. 

I have been experimenting with Artist pigment inks because the oils are taking too long to dry and cure.
I read somewhere that some of the oils used on Reborns never thoroughly dry.  I can't take that chance.

So far I love the inks, and believe me they are PERMANENT.  Maybe too much so!...lol
I have been trying my hand at painting the hair on my reborns...can't show you because they are awful...lol
I will keep trying...hopefully I can get the hang of it.

Well I am off to play dolls...Talk to you soon...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Baylee by Lorna Miller Sands



I have been practicing on Baylee by Lorna Miller Sands.  I love these non-toxic oils.  I find them so much easier than Genesis and Jo Sonja's.  I was a real fan of the acrylics till I found these paints. 

I have had flub ups but nothing that couldn't be fixed.  I treat the flubs like learning experiences. 

I sent away for some practice limbs from Bountiful Baby, so I don't have to worry about something going wrong with a kit.

Baylee is a work in progress and I still have to paint her lips and root her eyelashes.  I put a Mohair wig on her just to see how she will look when I am done.

I am hoping to get her done by this weekend...we'll see...lol.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

M. Graham Walnut Oil Non -Toxic Oil Paints





 I have found these wonderful M. Graham non-toxic oils paints.  They are made with a natural Walnut Oil.  Check out his site for more detailed information. 

I finally broke down and bought some to try.  I have to tell you that I love them for Reborning.  I have been using them for the base coat.  They actually tint the vinyl and leave very little paint behind, and therefore they dry rather quickly.  They soak in and become a part of the vinyl.

The cure time is still 4 to 6 weeks, but can be handled the day after painting.  No oven is needed and there is absolutely no fumes or smell.  These paints cure by oxidation, not evaporation.

To make them dry faster I use a walnut oil alkyd which is also non-toxic.

I know Oils are not the thing to do now days but the beauty, and translucency of the finish is well worth the wait.

These paints are made in the fashion that the old masters did in the Renaissance era.  Oils have been tried and tested  through the ages, so I know these paints will last for many generations.

These paints are rather pricey, so great care must be taken to mix them carefully and use only the amount needed.

The pics were taken the day after the application of the base coat.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Remembering When

I just had a 40th High School class reunion.  Wow that's a LONG time ago...lol
That got me going through some old high school pictures.
 I also have a best friend that has a birthday in October, so I decided to create
a special birthday greeting and send it to her via email.
(Make sure you click on the pic to see it larger!!)
These are old pics of her and me all throughout high school.  From grades
10 through 12.  (1968 - 1970)  I am the blond.  She is 5 foot 10 and I am 5 foot 3, so we were quite the
sight walking down the hall acting all goofy like high school kids do.
I wish everyone would post high school pics of themselves...I love looking
at high school pics...lol
I just thought I would share a little bit of my earlier years.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Faces ! Faces! Faces!


I can't stop drawing faces...lol
I won't bore you with the all the artwork, just the ones that have possibilities...lol

If you are  wondering why the eyes are black, that's just my style.
I draw all my faces with black eyes, kind of like a black and white photo
with just a little color.  I hope it translates well into a doll.

I have started drawing the faces a little smaller because when I make the head
it distorts the facial features.  The face on the stuffed head looks nothing like the face I drew
on the flat cloth.


I have tried drawing the face after it is stuffed, but it just hasn't worked for me.  So I guess
I'll stay with what works...lol

For me drawing the face freehand is so much more fulfilling than a photo face doll,
like the ones I created before.  I don't know why I didn't try this long ago...
I guess the creative process is a slow progression for me.

Friday, October 1, 2010

This is only the beginning...

I have been racking my brain, experimenting, and spending lots o' money trying to combine the two things that I love...Drawing and Dolls.  I found the right double knit fabric, I have found a fixative that is compatible with the pencils and inks.  Now all I have to do is get the pattern perfected, that in itself is a job.

I have always loved to draw freehand and I have made a lot of ACEO cards, but that wasn't enough for me.  The combining of the two seems like a perfect solution. 

Now if I can maybe get my house in order, it looks like a hurricane hit it.  I have such tunnel vision, when I am in the middle of something, I tend to let everything in the house go.  I do get around to it eventually...lol
Well I'm off to work on my pattern...talk to you later!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

She's Mine...All Mine

I am so excited!!!  I just got the sculpt that I commissioned from Mary Ropelato of 
Mary Ropelato Art Dolls.
If you get a chance go to her blog and check it out.  I commissioned a doll from her and I can't believe how wonderful she turned out.  The doll is 4" seated and 8 1/2" if she were standing.   I just let Mary do her thing, and the results are amazing.  She even makes her own beautiful glass like eyes.  This beautiful creation is worth every penny!!!!  I have several of Mary's dolls and it has been fun to watch Mary grow as an Artist and watch her dolls progress to the fantastic art forms they are today.   Mary started out as a customer of mine and now I am a happy customer of hers!
...Click on the pics to enlarge them...
   This is how she looks on my end table.
This is an Artsy picture, shows her features really well though!
This shows off her hair.
Well this is my beautiful Denver...that's her name.  Just thought I would share!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

On eBay now (SOLD)

Please meet Mattie and Jerome.  She is a new design that I have been working on for some time.
Her body is 100% wool felt. Her head and hands are Polymer Clay.  She is jointed at the neck and shoulders (she does not sit).  She has a specially designed body and is freestanding.
It's been awhile since I have listed anything.  Hopefully I can find the time to get a few more done.
If you you get a chance take a peek and let me know what you think!  You can click on the pictures for a larger view

 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140444762543&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My new Pixie Moppet "Arielle"




Well it's been awhile since I have posted.
I have been real busy with designing a new miniature cloth body to use with my Pixie Moppets.
I have finally come up with a body pattern that I am happy with.  I had a hard time because I
am using 100% wool felt, and the fabric, although I love it, is somewhat bulky.
I have had to figure out how to make a tiny 3" body, that is easy to turn.  I didn't want to sew the
seams on the outside.  I just didn't like the look.
I also had to design some shoes that would make the dolls self standing.
Dressing these little pixies is my favorite part.  Really no sewing, just a stitch here and there.
I have stacks of vintage lace, ribbons, and trims.
So until my Muse takes me elsewhere I am going to be making these Pixies for a while.
I am planning on listing her tonight on eBay.  I will post a link.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

My new Website

Well hello everyone!!  I have been busy this week...lol
I have been updating my Blog with a new background, changing things around, making a new blog title and best of all, I found a new free website builder. 

I have been having some trouble with my old website, so I started looking around for a new and improved website builder.  I found a free site and it was so easy to use.  The Website is named Wix.com, and it's the best site I have been to for designing your own website.
It is so much easier than my last one.  Even the free account gives you tons of great features. If you are in the market to get a really easy, free website go to this site.

My new website address is http://www.wix.com/dessadolls/droad
If you have a minute, take a peek and tell me what you think so far...I still have a lot to do with it. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Akiko ACEO print # 1 now on eBay

 Hi everybody,
This is a short post to announce that I just listed my first ACEO print.
Akiko will be an edition of 8 prints.
She is printed on Epson Ultra Premium Glossy Photo Paper. 
She is a 5 day auction and will end Sunday night.
So if you can, go and take a peek and tell me what you all think!
I am hoping to get many more drawings done for eBay, and maybe some for Etsy.
Well it's late and I must go now...
 Till later
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140401015926&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Monday, March 22, 2010

Come and see my newest ACEO blog!!

Come and see my newest blog.   le petit Artiste carte   Have you heard about ACEOs?  They are like trading cards, 2.5" x 3.5".  An artist can use any medium to make them, but they must fit the size criteria to be an ACEO.  I just recently heard of them, and I have to say  that I am hooked.  I use to draw when I was younger, and I loved it.  So I thought I would try my hand at ACEOs.  




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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Wonderful new Doll Forum


I would like to take this opportunity to spotlight a wonderful new Doll Forum. 
Dolls So Beautiful Reborn Forum.

This new forum specializes in the creation of Ethnic Babies.  Whether they
be Reborn, or OOAK Sculpt.  They offer classes and will be offering a new
sculpting class very soon. 

The ladies there are all so very friendly and willing to offer their expertise in the
creation of these beautiful dolls. 

Cindy is the administrator, and has done such a remarkable job on the colors and
theme.  It's really easy to navigate also.

If you are interested in the creation of  Ethnic babies, please click on the
link and create an account, you won't be sorry.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Im a contributor



I am honored to have my Fingernail Tutorial linked to Linda Walsh's Best Free Craft Articles.  Her site is filled with so many fun and informative links.  Too many for me to list here, you just have to experience it for yourself. Please click on the picture to check it out.
When you get to her site just scroll down to seen the tutorial.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Vintage inspiration

I found this vintage picture on the internet, and I just had to blog about it.  I think it is so hauntingly beautiful.  Why does a vintage picture evoke such emotion and inspiration.  This picture makes me wonder what kind of life this little girl must have had, or where she was from.  How old is she?  What was she thinking?
Does anyone else do this when they look at vintage pictures or am I just weird...

Monday, February 15, 2010

My new Website

Hi everyone, 
I have been working at a feverish pitch...lol
My website host shut down any way of updating my website.
They have for months had a notice that we should migrate our websites to a new 
and improved version.  I was hesitant for a long time because I thought I would
lose some valuable information stored on that site. 
They finally forced my hand, and I had to migrate. 

I invite you all to view my new site and tell me what you think.
Dessa Rae Original Art Dolls website is now up and running .

I am pleased so far but it still has some tweaking to do...lol
Well until next time,

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Beautiful Gift

Look at this beautiful name tag that Madame Samm made for me. Please visit her site,
because it will make you HAPPY!! It's full of wonderful wit and charm and a ton of helpful tips.
Thanks again Madame Samm!!



Sunday, January 24, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sneak Peek!!


I will be offering up Elle for auction tomorrow night (Sunday Jan. 24th)
She is a Pixie Moppet. She is 4 1/2 ",
clay with cloth body. I haven't created one in a long time .
I will be listing her later on in the evening,
not sure what time yet. I will post her eBay link at that time.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Going Global


I have decided to sell my creations internationally. I have been selling on eBay since 2005, and have sold to the United States only. I think I have been intimidated with all the rules and customs and such. But I have learned a lot since I started selling, and I feel confident now, so I think the time is right to give it a shot.
I hope to have a new "Pixie Moppet" on eBay soon. I will post when I list her.
Well I'm off to create...lol

Sunday, January 3, 2010





Please meet Henrietta!! She is a OOAK hand-sculpted Rabbit. She is 2" tall, with Semi-precious stone bead eyes. She has Mulberry paper wings with glass glitter.
I just listed her tonight and she is going to be on eBay for 7 days.
So if you get a chance take a peek, here is her listing: Henrietta's listing

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