Create a Healing Spirit Art Doll
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Create a Healing Spirit Art Doll

Learn to create a Healing Spirit Doll using branches, sticks, recycled trinkets and eco-friendly paper clay.
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Created by jeanie mossa
Last updated 7/2020
English
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 12 downloadable resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create a healing spirit doll with branches, sticks or BBQ skewers.
  • You will learn how to make doll faces from eco-friendly paper clay.
  • Ideas how to incorpotate eco-friendly recycled materials into your art doll.
  • How to decorate your art doll with found objects.
  • How to use sea shells and treasures from the beach to decorate your doll.
  • How to make clothing for the doll from recycled fabrics.
  • At the end of the course you will have created your own mixed media art doll.
  • These techniques enable you to also create ornaments and mixed media art.
Requirements
  • A sense of wonder, imagination and the ability to use sharp objects and a glue gun.
Description

Learn to create your own Healing Spirit Doll!

I began creating Spirit Dolls and art as part of a healing process for both physical and emotional reasons. These dolls have played an important role in my life. May this class provide the tools to create some comfort and joy as you make your own doll. 

Dolls have traditionally been used in magic and healing rituals, as well as toys throughout the world since the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome. Early dolls were handcrafted from sticks, wood, stone, clay and fabric.

This class may be considered a form of art therapy. It invites the student to think outside the box, use their imagination and have fun. There are no right or wrong ways to make your art doll.

In this 1.5 hour class you will learn to make two different types of dolls. One created with sticks and branches. The other with wooden BBQ skewers. You will also be taught how to make your own paper clay doll faces, as well as how to use fabric, ribbons, beads and found objects to decorate and dress your doll. We will also cover how to add special details and how to hang or display your finished doll.

Modules include:

  • Setting the Intention of the Spirit Doll

  • How to select sticks & branches.

  • How to make paper clay faces.

  • Painting paper clay faces.

  • How to assemble, dress and adorn the doll.

  • Finishing touches and details

  • Two videos of finished Spirit Dolls for inspiration.

Who this course is for:
  • Students who would like to create their own art doll, learn to work with paper clay and recycled found objects. y.
  • For students interested in Art Therapy, Personal Development and Creativity.
Course content
Expand all 16 lectures 01:34:23
+ Introduction
15 lectures 01:33:10

Welcome to How to Create Your Own Healing Spirit Doll. This class is a combination of art therapy and mixed media doll making. Please invite your muse  and imagination to participate. 

Lecture 1 is an introduction with basic information on creating your very own Spirit Doll. I have provided a list of supplies along with several ideas for you to think about before starting your project. Please take the time to read each PDF before watching the videos. It is best to watch the videos in order. 

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Recommended Supply & Tool List

Please use what you have available. All these will be discussed in each video section and PDF. Please try to use found objects and recycle as much as you can making this doll. No need to run out and buy lots of stuff!

Branches, Sticks, Twigs

Moss

Feathers

Acorns, Pinecones, Treasures from Nature

Sea Shells

Beads, Stone Beads

Charms, Trinkets, Recycled Jewelry

Fabric, Ribbon, Lace, Threads

Artistic Wire – non-tarnish any color you like. 24 Gauge is what I like to use.

Findings such headpins, jump rings

Glitter

Paper Clay, or Fimo, or Sculpey to make faces

Or you can purchase already made faces online at https://shop.planetcalamari.com

Receive 10% off with by using the code SPIRITCLASS at checkout

Glue E-6000 or 527

Glue Gun with glue sticks

Scissors

Needle-nose pliers

Wire cutters

Round-nose pliers

Needle & Thread

Pins

Most important – please bring your imagination!

Copyright 2014 jeanie mossa            www.planetcalamari.com

Supplies Needed
00:39

Setting Your Intention

Each Spirit Doll has its own personality and, I believe, “spirit”. Before starting each doll, I like to do a little meditation on what emotion, theme or wish I have for it.

Perhaps this doll will represent healing either on a physical level or emotional. Or
perhaps forgiveness, prosperity, abundance, compassion, happiness, joy, peace of
mind or love. In a way -  creating your own art doll is a form of art therapy.

This short video and PDF is a guide on how to set your intention. This is not mandatory to create your doll and you may skip this section as it is not required. 


Setting Your Intention for Your Spirit Doll
02:01

Lecture # - How to Select Sticks and Branches for Your Spirit Doll

A simple guide with ideas on how to collect sticks, branches and twigs to create your doll. Take a walk through the woods, your favorite park or nature preserve. Bring your imagination!

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Selecting Sticks for Your Spirit Doll's Body
03:55

This video shows how to use the Paper Clay and the molds while making your faces. Please note: The video caption is Part Two- however it is really Part One - there is not Part Two!

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Making Clay Faces Part 1
13:30

Lecture 5 - Painting Your Clay Faces will give you ideas on how to paint the paper clay faces you made. We will discuss various types of paint and materials that you can use.

Painting Your Paper Clay Faces
08:09

Adorning Your Paper Clay Faces

In this video you will be given ideas on how to decorate your clay faces with various types of beads, shells, feathers, baubles, recycled trinkets and more. Use your imagination!

Adorning Your Paper Clay Faces
15:10

In the first two videos, you will learn how to create a body for your Spirit Doll, using branches, sticks or twigs. The third video will show how to create a doll using BBQ skewers. Once again- use your imagination!

Creating Your Spirit Doll Body with Sticks & Branches or Skewers
04:53

In this video you will be shown several ideas on how to dress your doll. Take time to roam through thrift shops to find lace, fabrics, tassels and fringe. Recycle old clothing, tablecloths, and jewelry to give your doll a unique look. The possibilities are endless. Please download the PDF which has several photos of finished dolls.

How to Dress Your Spirit Doll
14:41

In this video you will learn how to attach the paper clay faces to the body of your doll. Make sure to download the PDF which has photos and info as well. 

How to Attach the Clay Faces to the Body
08:25

In this last video you will be given creative ideas on how to add finishing touches to your Spirit Doll using beads, found trinkets, lace, feathers, shells and more. Have fun and use your imagination! 

Please download the PDF which has several photos of finished dolls.

Adding Finishing Touches to Your Spirit Doll
07:27

Here are some ideas of recycled fabrics, baubles and treasures you can incorporate into your doll. Most of these were found at thrift shops, yard sales, on the beach or in my junk drawer!

Preview 04:33

Congratulations! You have just completed How to Create a Healing Spirit Doll. I hope you enjoyed yourself and continue to create more dolls. 

If you have any questions feel free to contact me through Udemy. 

Please visit the Planet Calamari Facebook page to post your finished dolls and to keep up with any new classes or ideas. https://www.facebook.com/PlanetCalamariArt/

You may also visit the Planet Calamari website for more ideas, classes and updates. http://www.planetcalamari.com

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your creative process. 

Wishing you happiness and a sense of wonder!

jeanie mossa  MS, L.Ac.

Congratulations! You have created a Spirit Doll!
00:19

Since recording this class several years ago, I have moved back to Salem MA surrounded by beaches and sea. My daily visits to the beach have inspired me to use seashells, driftwood, crab & lobster shells, sea glass and other sea treasures in my art.

Here are a few ideas that I hope inspire your creations.

Please note we have changed the name of our business from Planet Calamari to Practical Magic Salem.

Thank you

jeanie mossa



Preview 03:31

More Spirit Dolls & Brooches created since making this class. I hope you find inspiration watching these. Thanks

Preview 04:24