my explorations into doll making

As I mentioned previously, I HAD TO MAKE A DOLL…like now.

After seeing La Senorita Pil‘s amazing dolls, and falling madly in love with her style, I ran to the library to take out some books on doll making. I picked up Dollmaking with Papier Mache and Paper Clay by Doris Rockwell Gottilly. Following her instructions and trying to not copy but go with my own instincts and style I made this scary, complete blech! doll. I hate this doll and I wish I were La Senorita Pil. Isn’t it how life goes? I like myself, I like my style. Then, I hate myself I wish I were someone else. One step forward, two steps back. But not really, ya know? Instead maybe doll making is just not my forte. It is very much my thing to want to at least take a stab at every kind of making out there and now I’ve worked that out of my system, for a while at least. I realize that if I continued on working with it, it might come back around. I’d refine my styling enough that it could evolve into something nice, and something that I actually like the look of, but I don’t think I really care enough about doll making to persue it. Instead I’ll just continue to look at La Senorita Pil’s work and daydream.

I’ve posted the links before, but I really want you to check out La Senorita Pil’s work (dolls/drawings/paintings, etc.) on flickr and her etsy shop. I love her stuff so much.


Hi, I'm Robyn and I was Hatched from a Kinder Surprise Egg. Graphic Designer by day, Maker of things by night. I have worked as a graphic artist professionally since I was 16 years old. Went on to get my Bachelors of Art from NIU. I like to share my Artwork online at and on my own personal website I also have an online shop where you can find more of my "crafty" sorts of things, as well as a random piece of artwork here and there. Oh, and I'm also an occasional contributor to Artomat (

3 thoughts on “my explorations into doll making

  1. I’m glad…I’m not alone in this creative world! I’m very similar to you. I see something, I want to make something as fab as that artist, I run out and get a book, look on YouTube, look at tons of photos to figure out the process…and then I try and make my own. But then I realize that I’ll probably have to do several of them in order to get it “just right” and I’m a bit impatient. So, you, my dear, are not ever alone.

    Your 1st doll attempt looks pretty good. Maybe with this one you can hippify her with dreds or something. I took a look at Pil’s dolls those are neat and vintage looking. I can see you do something with that “feel” with your flair. :) Try it again and think like you think.

  2. Freaking awesome. Now I wanna try! I was playing with bake able clay yesterday and kept feeling the urge to make a face but just never did. Now I know I MUST.

  3. you know, i tend to think i should be good at things out of the gate, but what we don’t realize is all of those people that rock (have you seen duhbaduhbadoo’s stuff) make a million before they keep one. i am impatient, too, so i feel ya. i have a bunch of polymer clay doll parts that look like crap that i have in a box somewhere. i will have to pick up that book, tho.

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