Creating in Season & Santos Dolls

Last fall, after vending at the fall Glitter Market in Oklahoma City (yet another awesome Paper Crown production!!), I started getting the Santos itch.

You know, the itch to purchase a Santos of your very own or even sometimes the itch to create a Santos that means something more personal to you? That's the kind of itch I'm talking about. I know that Cindy gets them in stock from time to time, and from what I hear, they fly out the door just as soon as she can get them out of their shipping container!

I started thinking about different ways to create a Santos - one that could be personal for me . A few years ago, I took an awesome class from Colleen Moody over at one of the A Gilded Life events, and we created a gorgeous bird using paperclay. But, I wasn't feeling like paperclay was the way to go with my Santos. Then, I remembered a class from  "Art is You", creating Santos dolls using plaster and papermache. Combining several of the methods,I put my first doll together, and promptly set it aside. 

You do that too, right? 

Seriously, if I could just finish the mass of halfway made art and projects I have in my art studio, I'd have more space then I know what do with. No lie.

After scouring the internet for some more inspiration, visiting with a few local art shops, and taking Jeanne Oliver's online class, Creatively Made, I again visited with the Santos I had started months ago and finished her. While she isn't my favorite, she is me. She reminds me that I can pick up and start on my goals at any time - during the seasons they are meant to be worked on.

Since completing my first Santos, I've created several additional Santos dolls combining different methods from different artists. I loved scouring hobby shops looking for different media's to incorporate into my dolls creation. With that experience, I am presenting my first (and possibly only), Santos class at my favorite Oklahoma papercrafting store, Paper Crown, next weekend.

Rustic Santos Doll

Santos dolls were created as early as in the 17th century.  Join me as I share how to create your very own Santos in the 20th century!  Together, we’ll spend parts of two days carving, sculpting, smoothing painting, glittering, and staining as you create your very own simple but lovely Santos doll. Your doll will be approximately 18” tall! Please be sure to attend both days, otherwise your doll will not be completed.

All supplies will be provided except for the following list of supplies that each student will need to bring with them:
  • Exacto Knife & Cutting Mat
  • Scissors
  • Apron (we are going to be getting messy!)
  • Pencil
  • Hot Glue Gun & Extension Cord
  • Paint Brushes ( ½ ”, ¼”, and other small bristled brushes)
  • Mod Podge (Glossy or Matte, whichever you prefer)
  • I will have a variety of colors, but if you would like your Santos to have a specific skin tone or dress, please bring those paint colors with you.

Class will be on Friday afternoon from 4pm – 7pm and on Saturday from 3pm – 6pm. The fee for this two-day class is $85.00.  Call Cindy at Paper Crown a call at 405-848-2389 to register!  I hope to see you soon!


Tandra said...

WOW! I sure wish I could take your class Heather!!!!

come to So Cal and give a class? ;)

Hope youcan post pics of what people made in your class!

jackie said...

Bravo on the Santos!!!!!!! Love it Miss Heather Ales!

Robin Thomas said...

I love how you honor those who have inspired you!

Looking forward to seeing you!

Anonymous said...

I have never seen anything like this santos rustic doll before but honestly it looks gorgeous and I am pretty sure that it will be great present.

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