Sculpting a Whimsical Doll's Head

Instructor Bio: 
81 minutes

Spend time with and watch art doll creator extraordinaire, Marlaine Verhelst, show you how she sculpts her award winning whimsical doll’s heads.

Watch close-up as Ms. Verhelst walks you through step-by-step the process of using a Styrofoam egg and air dried clay to achieve porcelain like results. Air dried clay is a perfect inexpensive material for beginners that requires no additional kilns or ovens.

Marlaine’s sculpting techniques can be applied to a variety of clays, so this class is for you if you want to achieve professional sculpting results, regardless of the clay medium you use.

Ms. Verhelst will show you how she creates her own unique look.

Discover how you can achieve correct proportions using air dried clay that looks like porcelain.

Learn the techniques you need to create your own whimsical doll heads.

No experience is needed, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master and get the techniques and skills to start adding sculpting to your creative expression.

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Covered In This Class: 
  • the right tools to choose
  • building your base
  • best tips for working with air dried clay
  • how to achieve correct proportions
  • what to avoid when planning your piece
  • easy repair solutions for cracks and shrinkage
  • techniques and tips for successful sculpting
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • Air dry clay (Darwi, Creative Paperclay, la Doll, Formo)
  • A cardboard toilet paper roll
  • A Styrofoam egg, size appr. between 2.8 and 3.2 inches (7 or 8 cm)
  • Sculpting tool

Included is a class handout filled with photos, notes and all the resource information you need to get started.