A Primitive Halloween Witch Clutching her Crescent Moon

BellaHeadToToe This little sweetie is Bella. Bella is my original design is guaranteed one of a kind art & is my first Halloween creation for 2008! Bella is 27″ tall from the top of her hat to the bottom of her shoes. She’s been made of muslin & stuffed with fiberfill. Her lower torso has been rag-stuffed & bean filled, weighting her little bottom. Bella has been hand-painted & sanded, top to bottom many times & has a rich, deeply-aged patina. Bella’s arms are lightly wired allowing her to be slightly posed.

Bella’s face has been needle-sculpted by hand and hand-painted. Her bottom lip ‘pouts’ while her top lip is simply painted. She has been painted with various mediums & has been sealed top to bottom with a combination of sealers so that she may be lightly dusted after display.

Bella’s fingers have been needle-sculpted by hand. She grey painted gloves. She also sports painted black boots with grey socks. Her high boots are highly detailed right down to the pretty blue laces!

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Bella’s apron dress is made from 100% black & white cotton prints. (I am in love with this fabric combo on her dress!) Bella’s blouse is made of white muslin & features hand-gathered sleeves. Her collar has been hand-stitched with black embroidery thread. Both the dress & blouse feature tons of hand-stitching! All visible hems have been hand-stitched (dress, sleeves, collar), as well as the back of the blouse. All clothing has been dyed in a coffee/lavender bud bath for a slightly aged appearance. It was then hand-washed & pressed with linen water.

BellaTorsoBella holds in her lap a white crescent moon made from muslin. It has been hand-painted & sanded many times & is 5 inches tall top to bottom.

Bella’s hair is strawberry blonde 100% mohair. I have lightly glued, then carefully needle-felted it to her head. It is parted & styled into wild side pigtails.

Bella’s hat which has been hand-made from muslin & painted, sanded & stained, is securely pinned to Bella’s head with a pearl tipped corsage pin. It can be removed for year round display.

Bella will be available on eBay July 6th at 9PM EST. She will end Sunday night, July 13th at 9 PM EST.

Click here to view or bid on this not so spooky little girl.

"Single, Solitary" One more painting available on Etsy.

I listed this painting today, titled “Single, Solitary”. It’s 16″ x 20″ on gallery wrapped canvas.

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Swing by my Etsy shop & have a look at the close-ups.

"To Become"

I’m so happy to be able to offer TWO items this week! Prim & Whimsy Girls, an ebay art group I so proudly belong to, came up with an art challenge to welcome June & all sorts of blossoming somethings. Our theme is ‘Art in Bloom’ & we’ll be offering our items on eBay June 1st-7th.

This painting, titled ‘To Become’ is my second piece of art for the challenge. (View Caroline in the post below.) This is an original acrylic painting on 16″ x 20″ canvas. She was based loosely upon the idea of the ‘Green Man’.

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This is the Wikipedia article about Green Man:

A Green Man is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth, nostrils or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit. Commonly used as a decorative architectural ornament, Green Men are frequently found on carvings in churches and other buildings (both secular and ecclesiastical).

The Green Man motif has many variations. Found in many cultures around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities springing up in different cultures throughout the ages. Primarily it is interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, or “renaissance,” representing the cycle of growth each spring. Some speculate that the mythology of the Green Man developed independently in the traditions of separate ancient cultures and evolved into the wide variety of examples found throughout history.

Details of the painting:

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I am so absolutely pleased with how she turned out! She is sealed in varnish, has painted sides & is signed on the side. She also comes with a certificate of authenticity.

“To Become” will be available on eBay June 1st at 9:15 PM EST. She will end June 8th at 9:15 PM EST. Click here to view or bid on this lovely painting!

Don’t forget to search PWGL FLOWER on eBay to see the works of other Prim & Whimsy Girls. You won’t be disappointed!

Caroline, A Little Red Wonder

This little girl is Caroline. She is my original design and is guaranteed one of a kind! Caroline is 19″ tall with a 10″ wingspan. She has been made of muslin & stuffed with fiberfill. She has been hand-painted & sanded, top to bottom many, many times. She has been treated to a series of paint washes, giving her a rich, deeply-aged patina. Caroline’s arms are lightly wired allowing them to be slightly posed. She has a hemp loop attached to her back for hanging or she can sit, if propped. Her knees are sewn through, making her a wonderful ‘shelf sitter’.

Caroline’s face has been needle-sculpted by hand and hand-painted. Her bottom lip ‘pouts’ while her top lip is simply painted. She has been painted with various mediums & has been sealed top to bottom with a combination of glossy & matte acrylic sealer so that she may be lightly dusted after display & kept a lifetime.

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Caroline’s fingers have been needle-sculpted by hand. She sports tan painted gloves. She sports painted brown boots with tan socks. Her boots are highly detailed right down to her perfectly red laces!

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Caroline’s underskirt is made from a striped 100% cotton print. Her over skirt is white muslin. I hand-painted red poppies onto the white muslin before constructing her skirt. I’m so happy with the way it turned out. Caroline’s blouse is made of white muslin & features hand-gathered sleeves. Her collar is finished with a red, vintage button. Both the dress & blouse feature tons of hand-stitching! All visible hems have been hand-stitched (dress, sleeves, collar), as well as the back of the blouse. Caroline’s clothing has been washed in a coffee & lavender bud bath. All pieces were then hand-wash & pressed with linen water.

CarolineFlowers Caroline’s poppies feature olive green stems & golden centers. Her wings have been made of muslin, stuffed with fiberfill & are hand-quilted. They’ve been painted & sanded many times and have been stained & sealed for protection.

Caroline’s hair is 100% mohair in a pretty, honey-blonde color. She has pale blonde highlights! It was lightly glued then carefully needle felted to her head. Caroline’s hair is parted & styled into low, messy buns.

Caroline can sit in the positions show below when propped. (In the 2nd photo she is propped against a small, antique cheese box.)

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Caroline was such a FUN doll to make! She will be available on eBay beginning June 1st at 9:15 PM EST & will end June 8th at 9:15 PM EST. Click here to view or bid on this little darling! She’s sure to make your home smile!

(Caroline was made especially for a Prim & Whimsy Girl challenge titled ‘Art in Bloom. Click here to see the wonderful items fellow Prim & Whimsy Girls have to offer or search PWGL FLOWERS in your eBay search bar.)