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I would just like to thank all of the members who joined our new membership. I hope to have some great new products in the free product section for members and I welcome suggestions. It was my desire when I converted ODA to a paid membership to make the site be self supporting. By chargeing the small fee of $2.00 a month or $20.00 a year it will help with the expenses of the site as well as pay me a small fee so that I too may spend more time adding features and working on the site.
There is also a new membership for featured artists that includes web hosting on the new Http://ooakdollartist.com site, you may host your website on the site or just add a few pages. You will also be included in our "Featured Artist Page on OOAKDollart. The cost for this is $4.00 a month. The site also has it's own blog so that you can post whatever you would like. I am currently working on this membership. I also added the platinum membership which is $17.00 a month that will have tons of internet marketing products and all kinds of niche products including cook books, pet books, you name it, and I also welcome suggestions for this membership content I had to charge at least $17.00 to fulfill the license agreement to add them.
The only way I could use all the products that I have bought is to have a paid membership. The license does not allow me to put the products into a free membership. I hope that you will find great value in the products as well as the membership itself.
The forum is a great place for brand new sculptors to learn to sculpt and get advice from seasoned sculptors as well as many tutorials and fellowship with the most careing artists in the world.
The virtual galley is also now included in the Gold membership so is now only $20.00 a year instead of $20.00 every six months.
I am currently working on adding many new poses and a section for inspiration with many different clothing ideas, and any other inspirational pictures that I can add.
I hope to also be adding background pictures so that you may use them in your auctions etc.
Being I have to learn several programs to be able to provide these, please be patient with me.
I am doing all I can to update the site, be there on the forum, learn the new programs, and still try and have some kind of life.
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The membership fee also allows me to pay Julie a small percent as she has spent hundreds of hours on the site and continues to support the site with her time asking nothing in return.
I feel that all of us only have 24 hours a days and our time is the most valuable asset we have. So I believe that she needs to be paid some small amount for all the hours she devotes to the maintenance of the site.
I so appreciate all that she has done for us, and will do in the future. I would like to say that she did not ask that she be paid, but my feeling is it is only right that the site support her in a small way too.
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I think we have the most loving artists in the world on our site. We are really like a loving family and many find the ODA forum like a second home. It is a very busy forum with new post everyday and all day.
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San Jose CA April 10, 2010
4/10/2010, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds 344 Tully Rd San Jose CA
New Date for a New Year! Joins us for a spring show in San Jose, you'll find a great selection of antique dolls, the newest BJD releases, fine handcrafted dolls & teddy bears and lots more. If you have a handicap sticker, you can park at the Admin building, next to our building.
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*Salt Lake City, UT May 8, 2010
5/8/2010, Utah Fairpark 10th West at North Temple Salt Lake City, UT
Join us for a Mother's Day weekend SpriSan Jose CA April 10, 2010
4/10/2010, Santa Cng celebration! We will be hosting a fun afternoon open house sponsored by the doll clubs in Utah! This event will feature crafts, cookies, prizes and our fabulous sales floor! And don't miss our signature silent auction! We have a new collection in that will surely have a treasure for everyone! More Info >>
Puyalup, WA June 26, 2010
6/26/2010, Puyallup Fairgrounds 9th & Meridian Puyallup, WA
Note, the summer show in Puyallup is now a one day event with the same fabulous sales floor and fun events. Join us!
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*San Diego CA Aug 1, 2010
8/1/2010, Sheriton Mission Valley 1433 Camino Del Rio S San Diego, CA
NOTE THAT THIS IS A SUNDAY SHOW! Beautiful San Diego....fabulous weather year round!You won't want to miss the summer show in San Diego. We will be adding some fabulous doll vendors to the already stellar teddy bear line-up. Good Bears of the World will be on hand to present their special teddy bear gifts to a local law enforcement agency. Our favorite lady, Linda Mullins will join us as well as doll & teddy bear vendors worldwide! More Info >>
Portland, OR September 4, 2010
9/4/2010, National Guard Armory NE 33rd Ave at Marine Dr Portland, OR
Fall is a great time to be at the doll show in Portland! This very popular show has more antique and vintage vendors than ever. Informal Identification and Doll stringing available onsite. See you at the show.
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Roseville, CA Sept 11, 2010
9/11/2010, Placer County Fairgrounds 800 All America City Blvd Roseville CA
Start the fall out right, with a Dolly Day! In addition to the wonderful sales floor, we will have a couple of great programs.
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San Jose CA Nov 20, 2010
11/20/2010, Santa Clara Fairground 344 Tully Rd San Jose CA
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“Stories are like fairy gold,the
more you give away,the more you have.”
Author: random chocolateit
ODA IS VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE,
ENEIDA ROSA, of FAIRIES AND DREAMS,
ARTIST OF THE YEAR FOR 2010
Congratulations to Eneida as she is our first Artist of the Year. Thank you Eneida for all you do for us and we so appreciate you as an artist and we love your work.
Our Beautiful and Careing Eneida Rosa
Ooak Doll art.com Artist of the Month
Interview with Linda Ehrenfried
by Maggie the faery reporter
Our beautiful and giving Linda Ehrenfried
I flew to Lindas home when she won AOTM last October,In her interview last time she told me a little about herself and her sculpting journey.....
I have sculpting ADD she began, giggling, so I sculpt all kinds of things. I do cats, dogs, birds, fairies, people (adults and babies) Mermaids, Vampires, Trolls, elves, gnomes, dragons, witches, and all kinds of accessories to go with them. Trees, rocks, cups, candy, what ever I need to make the sculpts as realistic as I can.
I come from a family with 5 kids, My mother raised us on her own. So we didn't have very much but we were happy. I think I am the only artistic one, but my siblings are all very good at what they do. My oldest sister is a Lawyer and we are all very proud of her. But shoes to fill with such a smart big sister. I have two kids myself Amanda 19 and Josh 15. My hubby is very artistic and a great sculptor himself. He sculpts marble and alabaster, and also wood and metal. Abstract beautiful art. My daughter sings very well and is writing a book at the moment and my son loves to draw. He can create an entire universe on a single sheet of paper. Miniature cities, they are very cool and extremely detailed.
I discovered sculpting when i was a 10yrs old, I went over to a friends house and her mom had these cute little butterfly shaped soaps in a dish in her bathroom. They were pink and purple and I thought they were so cool.
When I went home I grabbed a kitchen knife and a bar of ivory soap and started carving. After the basic shape was achieved, my hands warmed up the soap and it smoothed right in my hands and looked just like a butterfly. I made a baby harp seal, a cat and a butterfly that day.
I also learned to paint and draw using the soap on the brickwork behind the builting we lived in. I never got into trouble because it just washed off. Snowy winter scenes all year round. It was ivory soap after all. LOL
But I later sculpted and painted in high school and I took sculpting in College as well. Life size portrait sculpting in Terra cotta clay. I was actually pretty good at it.
Translating those skills to miniature took a long time to get used to.
I have one sculpt I could never part with, It is called Ecaterina. She is the main character from a book I have been trying to write since I was in High school. I sculpted her to get her out of my head and help me get the book on paper.
As I mentioned before I had some training in High school and college but I didn't do any art at all for 12 years in between then and now. I opened a retail gift store and worked it 70 hours a week for the whole 12 yrs. Between the store and kids there was no time for art.
Then November 08 I closed my store. Sales had fallen the last 2 years to where I was working for less then minimum wage, after all the overhead paid. But I am really glad it happened because I found my artistic side again. I really do prefer this version of my life. I still maintain a small income from my business at a local flea market, but it only opens on weekends, which leaves me free to sculpt all week long.
I had my lowest moments early on. I spent many many hours working on a doll and I didn't use a heavy enough armature and the doll flopped over, fell out of the dish in the oven and burned in the bottom of the oven so badly that i had to throw it away. I couldn't even save a hand. It was completly ruined.
But I know that PRACTICE makes perfect. Patience and time make beautiful dolls, so do not rush. Most of all, There is almost no figure flaw that a beautiful dress can't fix.
For me it is by viewing others as they work, so watching videos and tutorials is very helpful, but for others reading about the techniques in books and having the picture on hand while you work is it and for some people just doing it is the best way. I think it is different for everyone.
I think my least favourite thing about sculpting would have to be the lint. It drives me crazy when lint gets all over a doll. My favorite part is the faces and how expressive they can be. And dressing the dolls. I love making the little outfits. In general I would have to say my biggest love is Polymer clay, My Hubby, My kids, My family, My puppy Hana, and ODA. Not necesarily in that order. LOL
I sit and snuggle with my puppy Hana. She is a 9 lbs Maltese. I love to curl up with her and pet her. Its my favourite way to relax.
My first sale should be my most memorable sale, but it is actually the best sale. I had two of my most expensive dolls sell to the same customer on the same day. It came to over $800 and I was so excited. I for the first time felt like a doll artist.
My one dream for the future is to create a line of dolls that people all over the world will instantly recognize and covet. But I think we all want that. LOL
No seriously, I would wish for world peace, I would wish to be rich and famous during world peace....LOl I think that would be what everyone would wish for.
It may not seem so at times because I post so often, but in real life I am very shy. I can push past it when I am selling something , but to put anything of myself into a conversation with real people has always been a struggle. I guess its why I don't have many people I call friends. I feel so at home here. I feel like i have so much in common with all of you and I can so totally relate to what your all talking about that I feel Ok about opening up. Your all so talented and share so much with each other and are all so helpful to one another and to me that I really feel like I have been blessed to have find this site.
I have learned a huge amount from many people. Philippe Faraut was a huge inspiration to me when I learned the life size portrait sculpting and Patricia Rose was tremendously influential with my miniature polymer sculpting. I have learned so much from her. She is great teacher. I also learned from Judy Creagar, Debbie McCain, Kori Butts, Linda Smith, Deb Wood and a hundred other artists on the web and at ODA who took the time to prepare great tutorials that I hungrily search for in my quest to learn everything I can about the art of sculpting in polymer clay. And all of the ladies all over the world who have come together here at ODA, that answer my questions and inspire me everyday to keep working and keep trying new things. I am truly blessed to know all of you.
I would love to have an ODA party and invite everyone here to get together. That would truly be awesome.
Hehe, maybe next time I do go to visit Linda I should take everyone else with me hehe
February 2009 Ooak Doll art.com
Artist of the Month Interview
with Esther Verschoor
by Maggie the faery reporter
Last month I had the priveledge of going to Holland to meet Essie, we sat drinking a very posh bottle of wine while she told me..........
I'm living with my hubby and two kids in a ordinary Dutch family house in a small town called Heemskerk, which is 5
minutes biking away from the dunes, 5 minutes away from the polders, 20 minutes from the beach and 20 minutes by car from Amsterdam.
Our living room is very colourful with bright lime green walls, bright blue ceiling, two signed superman animation cells on the wall and
minimalistic Dutch design furniture.
The kitchen is attached to the living room without a wall or doors so you see the bright red kitchen and large wooden kitchen table and chairs
from the living room. The kitchen table is also my sculpting table so there are two very large closets with all kinds of craft supplies next to the table.
In the living room is a large window, looking out on to the garden.
The small garden has some trees with lots of different birds, sometimes there's even a bird of prey to see.
Essie made lunch mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm are you jealous? hehe
whilst telling me,
I grew up in Heemskerk, the Netherlands in a big, close family.
I lived with my mom and dad and younger brother until my parents divorced wen I was 12.
I went to live with my mother and my brother stayed with my dad.
Both my parent remarried so now I've got 2 moms, 2 dads and 3 brothers.
I graduaded in two diciplines: 1.healthcare and 2.textile/fabrics technics and drawing(fashion design)
I'm afraid I was the only one in my family who was artistic until my uncle got married with a very artistic woman (a little bit older then me).
Their daughter, my niece, is also very artistic so now we are with the three of us creating all kind of things.
I have been creating things, such as drawings, clothes, paintings, jewelery and all kinds of papercrafts, my whole life.
In my job as caretaker for the mentally disabled I started to sculpt ceramic things with a client of me and I loved it.
Then on new years eve 2007 I saw the myspace site of Virginie Ropars.
I was blown away by seeing her doll The Wasp queen.
The next few days I keep going back to her side and started to think about trying to make one myself.
So I bought airdry clay and all the other stuff I need and started to make my first doll on January 15 and never stopted sculpting.
I'm still a new sculptor myself.
But my advice to any new sculpter is to never give up!
Keep trying and don't be afraid to ask others for help, then at some point you will create that beautiful sculpture you wanted to create.
(There are no such things as stupid questions!)
I've learned so much from the members of ODA.
Also the wip pictures are a great sourch of information for me.
All the members are so nice and supportive.
All the advice, tutorials, hints and tips from other members are priceless to me.
As for mentors, there are a few people I consider as mentor that are: Millie, Connie(Cdlite) and Claudine Roelens.
I love these girls for being there for me with all their great advice
I would have to say that my biggest influences are Virginie Ropars, Liz Mcgrath and Jessica Joslin.
Also all the different kind of art I see on Deviantart are a big inspiration for me.
My goal/dream for the future is to attend international Gallery shows.
My ultimate dream is to be in a Strychnin show.
We'd been that busy talking, that we'd not noticed the time, so after lunch Essie drove me to the airport where we had just enough time for a quick coffee before I had to board my plane back to the Uk,
but I just know this won't be the last time I'm visiting ....
To test your clay to make sure it is ready to sculpt, roll a small ball and cut it in half. Then put the two halves back together and smooth the join with your finger or thumb until you can't see it . If you can create a smooth ball out of the two halves simply by blending the seam, it's fit.
If the ball loses shape, the clay is too soft and you may need to leech it.
you can do this by rolling the clay into sheets and sandwiching it between sheets of paper and weighting it down for several hours. The paper will "leech" excess plasticiser from the clay. You then need to try the ball test again.
This tip also works the other way too,(when the clay is drying out) when you try to join two pieces together , they crack rather than blend. In this case, instead of dumping the clay, knead a little clay softener in adhering to the manufacturers specifications.
HUGS! Amy xoxX
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There are many new features and poses that
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This section is based on Irish
Shee’s trimmings swap. It is where you can advertise to swap
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