An action packed year!

This year is shaping up to be a very exciting one, with tons of activity! If you haven’t seen the article yet, my work was published by Pretty Toys magazine. It’s a wonderful honor to see my dolls in their pages. Thanks so much to the crew there. You can see the article here if you like… http://creamsodabjd.com/as-featured-in-pretty-toys-magazine-marchapril-2016-issue-34/

IDTS (International Doll & Teddy show) in Asheville, North Carolina, is just around the corner and I am working like crazy to get ready for it.

If you’re going to be attending I can hardly wait to meet you! This will be my first ever doll show so it’s pretty exciting for me.  I’ll be there with The Professional Doll Makers Art Guild, booths 1-8 when you come into the show, Can’t miss me 🙂

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I’ll be introducing my new OOAK Flower Fairies at the show, 10 inches of pure cuteness in these special little magical characters. Each has her own wonderful personality that’s uniquely her own.

I have also designed a “Make your own Fae” kit that’s stuffed full wonderful goodies to make your own special elf or fairy, including an in depth instructional video. These are addictive and you’ll want to make them for all your friends.

 

A couple of other new products I am very excited about are, “Simple Sanders”, an amazing new sanding sponge that I have found. For the past 7 years I have been using 3M sanders like most other doll makers and they were doing the trick thus far …sort of. I was still having to tear corners off to get into hard to reach or tiny areas, or worse…resorting to wrapping a toothpick with sandpaper. Sanding for the most part was not a pleasant thing for me. ENTER….. “Simple Sanders”, these had no name when I found them, but I figured something so noteworthy deserved a name 🙂

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The Sanders in this photo have been cut in half, full size is 4 ¾” x 3 ¾” x ½”

I am now using Simple Sanders for everything and sanding has become something relaxing that I actually look forward to, YAY!

I am the only one to date that handles these sponges in the US. They are made by a wonderful woman in Canada, believe it or not…nope not made in China.

These sanders are very soft and flexible making it possible to get into even the tiniest of spaces. I can’t say enough about them, they have replaced any other sanding tools I used to use.

Another BIG added bonus is they last and last and last. I put this product to the test and used it almost daily for a year and it still looks new, has not fallen apart or lost it’s grit. In comparison my 3M’s were garbage after about 2 months of use. 

I currently have the fine and extra fine grits in stock and will also be carrying the course and medium. These will also be in my ETSY shop mid June after the doll show and I will have samples at the show for anyone interested. Trust me you are going to be blown away! Retailing for $2.50each

 

 Also I have been lucky enough to come across the most beautiful Tibetan Lamb fur also to be debuting at the show and in my ETSY shop soon. This fur is incredibly lush and thick with gorgeous curls and nice length 4.5 to 6 inches long. Standard pieces 4X4 inches will be $6.50, I will be offering other sizes as well

 Other products coming to the shop are:

  • inexpensive and custom sculpting tools
  • Ladoll clay
  • chisel sets
  • individual Fae kit components such as armatures, bases and resin legs and feet 

 

In case that wasn’t enough there is a big move planned for our near future. I have spent a couple of winters in Bucerias, Mexico and fallen in love with the culture, the people and the general feel and atmosphere of this special artsy, culturally saturated little town . We have decided to make the full-time move in August. Pretty darn exciting! I have always loved sculpting in Bucerias and have a new line of dolls planned once we arrive and get the studio all set up. Also something very few people know about me is I also love to paint and create in mixed media, which I intend to explore in abundance in the new studio.

AND……. let’s not forget…. I will be hosting destination classes for anyone interested in spending a week or so immersed in lush culture, sand, sun, margaritas and heaps of creativity!

MORE DETAILS COMING SOON

ANNA – Silent Soul #6 – ADOPTED

Please meet Anna, the 6th doll in my Silent Souls series.

Anna is a bit smaller than my last few girls standing at about 20 inches tall (51cm)

This precious girl is made on my “Bendy Body” giving her loads of posing possibilities.

Layers of hand dyed and distressed fabrics and laces were added to create her outfit.

Anna’s head, hands, neck, chest and legs were lovingly sculpted from a lump of paperclay. All her clay parts were dried for several days and painted in layers of acrylics and watercolors. I made her wig especially for her topping her off in tons of loose bouncing ginger waves and curls.

Mister, Anna’s favorite toy bunny has jointed arms and legs and was created by hand to match the style of the doll.

I hope you like her 🙂

UPDATE: I have changed Anna’s boots from her original clay ones to leather boots as in this picture.

Anna's new boots
Anna’s new boots

Anna and Emily

 

 

You can see Emily’s post here for more pictures: http://creamsodabjd.com/emily-silent-soul-5/

Emily – Silent Soul #5 – ADOPTED

 

My little Emily, with a bit of a mischievous personality is the newest addition to the “Silent Soul” girls.

Emily’s head, chest plate, hands and lower legs are sculpted from paper clay. After the sculpting the parts are layered in 4 coats of a flesh tone acrylic paint, then they are carefully detailed with watercolor paints and pastels before finally getting several coats of a clear top coat for protection.

All of these parts are eventually attached to her soft body which is also wired and weighted allowing movement and a stable sit.

The neck and head also move on a ball joint adding personality.

The clothes are designed right on the doll body and are not removable. Each piece is meticulously stitched either by hand or machine.

Emily’s wig is made of Angora Goat fibers with each part being attached separately and then set on rollers for her curly tousled look.

The hours and love that go into these dolls is extensive, taking me about 2 weeks of 10 hour days to finish.

Emily stands about 23 inches or 59cm tall. She does not stand on her own.

All of my Silent Soul dolls are registered with the International Art Doll Registry so they each have unique identification numbers.

Although paper clay is quite durable and will not break under normal circumstances, this doll is considered a piece of art and not recommended as a child’s toy.

Emily comes with a doll stand, her artist’s COA tag, and IADR registration COA.

Aeris- Silent Soul #4

Introducing my latest doll Aeris.

It always amazes me when these girls come to life from nothing more than a lump of paper clay, a pile of fabric and of course a ton of love.

The head, breast plate, hands and lower legs/feet have been sculpted in paper clay and then painted using acrylics, watercolors and pastels. Everything has been sealed with several coats of sealer for protection.

My “Bendy Body” is made of muslin and wired for great posing. The head is also ball jointed for maximum attitude.

Aeris’s clothes are designed and made directly on the body and are not removable with the exception of her necklace and hat which can be removed.

I had great fun making her hat and Steampunk accessories. A lot of attention to detail has made up the wonderful personality of this doll.

My “Silent Soul” dolls come with their COA tags as well as being registered with The International Art Doll Registry.

 

This doll has been made without the use of molds of any kind and is a true one of a kind. No molds have been taken of her and she will NOT be reproduced at any time by me, the artist Rhonda Ingram-Calhoun.

 

 

 

Samantha- Silent Soul #3

Samantha, my little Bohemian Rhapsody is Silent Soul #3

This special beauty stands 58cm-23 inches tall and is on my “Bendy Body” making her uniquely posable, allowing her to express herself fully.

Samantha is a OOAK clay with cloth body doll and also has a ball jointed neck for full range of head movement.

I had so much fun watching this girl come to life, I hope you love!

Samantha is adopted and residing in a loving private collection 🙂