Sunday, September 9, 2018

DOTD SANTOS CAGE DOLL

Every year about this time, I look forward to creating a DOTD assemblage. The Day of The Dead Celebration begins on October 31, and ends on November 2. It is a Mexican Tradition through out Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions and regions elsewhere where altars are created to remember the dead. Gatherings of family and friends come together to pray for and remember those who have passed and to support their spiritual journey. It is a happy time filled with color and festivities and was declared a National Holiday by the Mexican government in the 1960's. 
Since Santos Cage Dolls are one of my favorite things to make, I was excited to see what I could come up with. It didn't take me long to get inspired when I looked through my stash and saw the beautiful Sari scraps and beads that I purchased from Gwen Lafleur's Studio a while  back. They were just perfect for what I had in mind.
I started out with the large Santos Cage Doll from Retro Cafe Art Gallery gluing all the pieces together and letting it sit for a couple hours before adding white gesso all over it.

While the gesso was drying, I got out my beloved Aves Apoxie Sculpt and began sculpting my face. The apoxie sculpt face adhered really nicely to the frame of the doll without the use of glue. I added a little water and smoothed it on. Once dry, it is stuck forever.


Next I painted the arms white and gave the overall doll a coat of white paint including the face.
I knew I wanted to incorporate the gorgeous beads I received from Gwen so I grabbed my apoxie sculpt and adhered the beads randomly on all the cage slats. I loved how the beads popped on the white, but I knew it needed more color in keeping with the DOTD traditions. I decided to paint the cage slats a color close to the fabric I was using  on the body of the doll.



 When everything was dry again, I cut a piece of the fabric and just folded and glued to get it on the upper body of the doll where I wanted it to go. The fabric is very thin so it was a dream to work with. I wanted to add a hint of more color so I took a tiny brush and added dots and small circles of teal acrylic on the fabric. Next I added the arms on top of the fabric using wire and beads in place of the upper arms.
Before gluing the head scarf on, I painted the face. While that was drying, I began work on her wings. The wings are actually a wood carving embellishment I found on the wood isle in Hobby lobby. I painted it and then adhered some sugar skull beads with apoxie sculpt. 

I loved that the back of the wings were flat and gave me the perfect surface to add some stamping and a little note. During the Mexican celebration, the living leave those that have passed on their favorite things and foods believing that they will come and partake of them. The back of the wings say:
Dia De Los Muertos with a chocolate cupcake, roses and sugar skull beneath it. On either side of the cupcake it says: "Remember, the best cupcake is the one with Chocolate on it".
The yellow butterfly shaw and cross are both not attached and can be removed. 


I also added a cupcake from 2 large cupcake paper cuts from Retro Cafe Art Gallery and added some DOTD embellishments and then glued it to a metal disc. The cupcake is not attached as well and can  be removed if desired.


Thank you Retro and Gwen for all the inspiration in helping me create this DOTD Santos Cage Doll. 
"Time to Remember Again".
(available in my Etsy Shop)
Measures: 16" tall
6" across base
11 1/2" wing span

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Kim
                                   
Aves Apoxie Sculpt
Wire for arms
Wood Cross - my stash


9 comments:

  1. Kim, this is so beautiful and contains such incredible detail. I love everything about it, especially the sculpted face. Gwen's fabrics are perfect and the beading is gorgeous. You have created such a great evocation of the DOTD. xx

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    1. Thank you so very much Julie. Your comments always bring sunshine to my day!
      XX
      Kim

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  2. Embodies so many wonderful things about DOTD! AMAZING Santos Doll!

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    1. Thank you so much Kristin. I always have such a great time making Santos Dolls from your shop!!
      XX
      Kim

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  3. Oh Kim! I am truly in love with this!
    I knew right away when I saw the fabric that it was Sari Scraps from Gwen,and let me tell you, you did her proud! What a brilliant idea to use the Sari this way and show it's beauty off!
    You are an inspiration dear Kim as I look at your art, I see the creativity that just flows through it!
    Thank you for sharing this gorgeous and clever Santos!
    hugs & love xo

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    1. Thank you Jackie!! I was thrilled to be able to use Gwen's Sari Scraps in this way. They just seemed a perfect fit! And thank you for your always encouraging comments!!
      XX

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  4. Wow your art is amazing-thank you for stopping by and finding me-

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  5. For the life of me, I can't believe how far behind I am visiting you. I KNOW I'm slow, but this is ridiculous. Your Day of the Dead doll is wonderful. I learned I can buy one of those Santos cage dolls, which I was not aware of before. Yours turned out great and perfect for the season.

    BTW, I also just saw the hands swap. Too bad I was not by sooner, or I might have been tempted to join.

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