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Welcome, my name is Sylvia Smiser. I am a self taught artist. I enjoy creating one of a kind art dolls and sculpted figures. Vintage Halloween styled artwork and Dia de los Muertos art dolls is what comes naturally to me and what I am most passionate about creating. I am a proud member of the wonderful art groups EHAG (Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild) and PFATT (Primitive Folk Art Talk & Tea). I am a participating artist at Ghoultide Gathering. I am honored to have been published in Art Doll Quarterly, Dolls magazine, Somerset Studio Gallery and Celebrate 365 Magazine. I am also a Physical Therapist and Mama to 15 year old Boy/Girl Twins. My husband is a wonderful man who is very supportive of my art and together with our two doggy fur kids we make one happy, busy family.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Eudora the Witch is in DOLLS Magazine!

So much love went into making Eudora.  I really enjoyed picking out the antique fabrics and lace trims to fashion her dress and bloomers.  The sculpting of her face was so natural it's as if I already knew her and I was just getting rid of the excess clay to reveal the kind eyes and the weathered face I already knew was there.  I truly enjoyed creating her. 
So you can imagine my excitement to find out that Eudora was chosen to be in the October issue of DOLLS Magazine! 

There she is...

bottom left hand corner! 

She is in some amazing company!

A BIG Thank You to DOLLS! 
You have made my and Eudora's Dreams come true.

Eudora is still available.  Her auction ends tomorrow night 9/23/2012.

Thank you for stopping in! 
Have a beautiful first week of Fall!
Sylvia : )

Friday, September 7, 2012

Developing new techniques and More Mini dolls for this months PFATT Marketplace!

Hello everyone and welcome back! This has been a month of discovery and adventure for me with my art work.  You see I am a paperclay artist.  It's what I feel most comfortable sculpting with.  However, I keep hearing more and more about polymer clay and how much more you can do with it.  The main drawback for me is that you have to bake it to set.  For some reason that makes me nervous.  Maybe it's the fact that I tend to be on the forgetful side and what if I leave my pieces in there too long and they burn?  There goes all that sculpting work down the drain.

Well, I decided to give it a try anyway.  I set a timer and a back up timer. : )  I've done this only once before, I don't know if you recall my Barnabas Collins Doll? His cane was made with Polymer clay. So this is the first time I make something out of my own imagination with polymer clay. 

I also wanted to make some minis.  So I made myself a pattern for the body added wiring and stuffed them.  Then I attached the heads and costumed them. 
I made 4 minis this time around.  The first two were featured in my last post. Frankenstein and his Mrs. Those I'm happy to report are already in their new castle home enjoying every minute!
The other two will be available on Monday on The PFATT Marketplace.  
Here are some photos, I hope you like these guys! They were so much fun to make and even more fun to play with.  ; ) 

Meet Wandering Wanda and Cyrus the Halloween Circus Cat.

Wanda is so proud of her handmade VROOMstick!

And Cyrus loves to do acrobatic stunts!

Thank you for stopping in! Have a wonderful weekend! 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein's Monsters Minis!

Happy Labor day! 
I just wanted to share with all of you my latest two creations. 
Mr and Mrs. Frankenstein's Monster. 
These are the first two in a series of minis that are between 5-5 1/2 inches tall.  These little ones are part clay and part cloth. Their heads are a polymer clay sculpt, (Just learning how to use this type of clay) and their bodies are cloth over a wire armature.  In this photo they are standing in doll stands but they are posable and can sit if preferred.  
Up next, I am working on a black Halloween Parade Kitty and an Old Wicked Witch, also both minis. 
Thank you for stopping by, you are always welcome here.