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More progress on my fairy original art dolls

I’ve made some more progress on my flower baby fairies, and my Spring fairy, who may turn into a Summer fairy as time goes by. I made her a skirt today, and tried Wonder-Under for the first time to fuse fabric layers together before I cut out individual petal shapes for the skirt.

I’m going to paint the “petals” of the skirt so they will compliment the pastel green of the fabric petals around her head. I also permanently attached her wings so her stand can be inserted in the opening between her wings and her body. This way I no longer have to tape her to a stand, which will allow me to paint her. She needs a little more paperclay as well.

The painting on the babies is already under way. I will add a lighter layer of color over their onesies to give more detail. I will have to plan butterfly wings for all three. I’ve already hand quilted the wings on each one.

I have also been experimenting with mini plaques. I have mounted reproductions of my original watercolor paintings on hand painted 6 by 6 by 3/4 inch solid poplar wood. I wanted little companion pieces of art to offer with my fairy dolls and I wanted to make them so none would need a frame. These will have hangers on the back. I think all the pastel colors will look lovely together.

Making these up reminded me that I have unfinished paintings that would look great in this format. I am fishing out my reference drawings and hoping to get those projects organized. It amazes me where I find things! I often have no idea what is in those piles on my desks and tables! Lots of good ideas just waiting for me to find the time.

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Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max BaileyDaphne charms everyone she meets.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max BaileyWith her sweet little tabby cat face, and her big trusting yellow-green eyes, she has an air of total innocence.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max BaileyShe’s shy and unassuming, but she will happily raise her paw to show you her favorite glass fish bracelet.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey

Daphne's Fish Bracelet

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max BaileyWatch out for Daphne, or she’ll steal your heart away.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max BaileyDaphne is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, made from 100% cotton fabric which is sewn, stuffed, and completely hand-painted with acrylic paints. She is 13 inches tall.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max BaileyI sculpted the front of her face from paper clay, which I smoothed into the fabric. Her whiskers are made from stiffened pearl cotton, threaded through the clay before it dried.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max BaileyHer arms are button-jointed, and her paws are needle-sculpted. I painted her fur in a multitude of tabby colors…silver gray, buff, ivory, gold, and black.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max BaileyHer pinafore is made from colorful fabric striped in orange, gold, purple, rose, and magenta. I painted her collar and cuffs to match the magenta stripe, and her tights to match the purple stripe. Her kitty feet are covered with ivory high-button shoes that have decorative toes and gold buttons.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max BaileyDaphne is signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max BaileyDaphne can sit upright all by herself. Her tail supports her very nicely. She can also sit on a chair, or stand with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand not included.) Daphne can even sit on the couch. She’s very good at watching TV.

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey

Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll by Max BaileyUpdate: Daphne has already been adopted. Thank you!

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Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyI am happy to introduce Bluebell, a lovely Siamese mom. Wherever she goes, she carries her kitten tucked safely into the pocket of her dress.

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyWise and watchful, her eyes are a brilliant sapphire blue. She is intelligent, inquisitive, and ready at any time to have a conversation.

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyBluebell is as proper and respectable as a new mom could be, with her starched white collar, prim pearl buttons, and fashionable two-tone, top-stitched high-button shoes. From her bright white bloomers emerge kitty legs in striped blue and burnt orange tights that match the sleeves of her dress.

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyBluebell’s dress has a bluebell flower on the chest pocket, and a fringed pocket on the skirt that matches the fringe at her hemline. She is 13 inches tall.

Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyLovable Bridget, though only 3 inches tall, is highly detailed right down to her tiny whiskers. Under her mom’s keen supervision, she’s just learning to explore the world that is hers.

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyI absolutely love Siamese cats, and in making these two, wanted to show the stunning contrasts of a light-colored body, dark points, and extraordinary blue eyes.

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyTo give her that Siamese profile, I modeled the front of Bluebell’s face from paper clay, smoothed into the fabric.

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyHer whiskers are made from stiffened pearl cotton which I threaded through the paper clay before it dried. Her arms are button-jointed for easy posing, and her paws are needle-sculpted.

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyBoth Bluebell and Bridget are made from 100% cotton fabric which is sewn, stuffed, and completely hand-painted with acrylic paints. They are original one-of-a-kind works of art, created from my own designs and patterns.

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyThey are signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. They are meant for display only.

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyBluebell can sit upright all by herself. Her tail supports her very nicely.

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyShe can also sit in a chair, or stand with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand not included.)

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyUpdate: Bluebell and Bridget have already been adopted. Thank you!

Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey

Bluebell and Bridget, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyBluebell and Bridget’s tabby cat friend is Daphne. Update: Daphne has been adopted as well. Thanks again!

Bluebell and Bridget and Daphne, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat and Kitten and Tabby Cat Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey

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Sneak Peek at Max Bailey’s New Siamese Cat Original Art Doll

Bluebell, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat Folk Art Doll in progress by Max BaileySiamese kitty on the way! This is “Bluebell” in progress, and, contrary to what you see here, she is already painted, dressed, ready and waiting for her official photo shoot. And…she has her own Siamese kitten!

Bluebell, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat Folk Art Doll in progress by Max BaileyI love Siamese cats and I just couldn’t wait to show her to you, even in her beginning stage. I am so excited about getting her photographed!