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In my latest project, Iโ€™m making a Jack Oโ€™ Lantern art doll. This character probably has the largest head out of any art doll Iโ€™ve previously built in proportion to his body, but I found using a large wad of tin-foil to do the trick all the same. In making this Jack Oโ€™ Lantern head sculpt, I spent plenty of time looking at reference online, looking various interpretations of Jack Oโ€™ Lantern characters and photographs of real Jack Oโ€™ Lanterns people carve for Halloween.


Making a Halloween Jack O Lantern Art Doll Head Sculpt ๐ŸŽƒ



The design of a Jack Oโ€™ Lantern characterโ€™s pretty simple, itโ€™s just a round or oval shape with a stem and a central seam at the top and bottom of the form, though since I created a human-like figure, the neck overs much of the bottom of the pumpkin. I love art and objects with surface texture, so I really enjoyed adding the variations of the pumpkin rind on the art doll head sculpt and later the way the sepia ink wash was able to pick-up these little indentations.

Here Iโ€™m roughing out the spherical shape of the Jack Oโ€™ Lanternโ€™s head sculpt

Here Iโ€™m roughing out the spherical shape of the Jack Oโ€™ Lanternโ€™s head sculpt



Giving this lil Jack Oโ€™ Lantern doll a smile

Giving this lil Jack Oโ€™ Lantern doll a smile


Continuing with this series, Iโ€™ll show you how I built this little Halloween Jack Oโ€™ Lanterns body as well as how as I made a crow that appears in the background of the finished dimensional-illustration. To be the first to know when I launch newย polymer clayย art videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the bell icon. Catch all of my videos here:ย ย https://www.youtube.com/thedreamsyndicatearts. You can also find many of the supplies I use in crafting here:ย https://www.thedreamsyndarts.com/supplies-gear/. And sign-up for my newsletter to get the latest studio goings-on! Thanks so much for joining me on this journey and until next time: Make. Believe!


Around his mouth got a lil bubbly and warped, but I actually think it added to this piece

Around his mouth got a lil bubbly and warped, but I actually think it added to this piece

Making Slimy Slug Art Dolls with Resin Slime ๐ŸŒ

Today we'll be embellishing wooden display bases as we make slimy slug art dolls with resin slime! I'd previously sculpted these polymer clay slug art dolls with super sculpey over aluminum foil armatures, made these handsome display bases, and only recently had the idea of "slug trail" trailing behind them as if the slugs (slowly) made their way up on to the base.

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WATCH MAKING SLIMY SLUG ART DOLLS WITH RESIN SLIME ๐ŸŒ

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I'd already given the slugs a thin coating of two part epoxy resin to give the sculpey art dolls a wet sheen look and I used the material again to make the slimy path for the little critters. Since I've had these particular opened bottles of epoxy resin for a few years, this was a great way to use the older materials rather than wasting them. 

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Slimy Slug Sculptures

These slug sculptures can slime their way to your home & heart.

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How to Craft a Miniature Wizard's Wand

What's a wizard, warlock, or witch without an implement of arcane power?! In this video I show how to craft a miniature wand through an incredibly simple process. When making a mini wizard's wand with my process, there's plenty of room to customize the wand and make it unique to whatever wielder of wyrd eldritch power you like, whether that's Harry Potter or Gandalf the Grey (or White).

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How to Craft a Miniature Wizard's Wand

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This wand was crafted with an art doll in mind that was actually a character I played in the Pathfinder role-playing game, Fabian Faust, a conjurer of devils and demons with a snide, sneering disposition- safe to say he's a bit of a jerk (I'd imagine him talking like Timothy Spall, the actor who played Wormtail/Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter movies). I'd made an art doll of the character some time ago and decided it was time Fabian had his arcane armament.

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Having a Growth Mindset as an Artist

For some reason we give ourselves the permission to try new things and grow in our capabilities in them as a child that we don't as we grow older, even if we're trying to acquire a wholly new skill set. It's madness to think that simply by virtue of your age you're entitled to some virtuoso talent at a novel, new experience. There are two mindsets, one that's fixed and believes that your abilities are innate and then there's a growth mindset. I'm convinced that having a growth mindset for artists is the only way to be. Times and artistic tastes are going to change. Your work and how to best distribute it are going to change. To reject these truisms is to be at war with reality.

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I certainly believe that people have predispositions to being skilled at a given task, what we would call talent, but it's routinely born-out in athletics and the arts, that those that are naturally gifted and strive to be the top of their craft frequently are. Innate talent can only take you so far and such individuals are likely to plateau without the disciplined work that's prerequisite to become a true master of one's craft.

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If there's skill that you think would enrich your life for being adept at it, I'd urge you to take that child-like approach of the enjoyment of the activity regardless of the outcome and to work through it to the best of your present skills. Think back to most things you may have tried in your childhood and you'll likely have produced nowhere remotely near professional results, whether that was drawing, coloring, or whatever creative expression you attempted early on, but you likely enjoyed making the art making process and maybe you were lucky enough to have some kind adults lie and praise what you were making. When attempting new art forms as an adult, after a multitude of tries, fifty, one-hundred, then you would have some grounds to honestly determine the effectiveness of your efforts because while your critical eye may be honed as an adult, your muscle memory for a new task is often just developing.

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For all the myriad of ways you can spend your time developing new capabilities, there comes a time when you need to narrow-in and focus on an array of abilities that are the most worthwhile and fulfilling to you. You could learn how to code and make custom websites, but if just creating a website through a templated site such as this Squarespace blog you're currently reading accomplishes the vast majority of what you want it to do, then the choice is fairly obvious. While you can likely learn how to do a great many things, at some point you're going to have to pick and lane, a focus, and prioritize what capacities help reach your goals from that perspective. The number of distractions that you can find are infinite and many creatives find some amount of constraints to be liberating in their ability to focus on the important tasks at hand as opposed to the infinite canvas stretched-out in all directions.

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To be the first to know when I launch new polymer clay art videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the bell icon (but because YouTube's wonky, you can also join the newsletter). Catch all of my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/thedreamsyndicatearts. You can also find many of the supplies I use in crafting here: https://www.thedreamsyndarts.com/supplies-gear/. Thanks so much for joining me on this journey and until next time: Make. Believe!