** UPDATE!! **This Santa OOAK Art Doll is going to be published in the Nov/Dec/Jan 2012 issue of Art Doll Quarterly! In newstands on Nov. 1, 2011. I'm so excited and thrilled to be published with so many wonderful artists.
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'Twas the Night After Christmas, and Santa was having a bedtime snack of cocoa and gingerbread cookies. Mmmm... why don't we join him?
This sleepy Santa is made from paper mache, paper clay, fabric, acrylic paint, and more. He was sculpted with paper mache over a wire armature. I used crumpled newspaper and masking tape to "fill him out" before applying the paper mache. I sculpted his head seperately from his body so that I would be able to attach it after dressing him in his night shirt.
He wears a night cap made from red and white striped quilting fabric. The cozy nightshirt was sewn from solid white flannel that I embroidered with red and tan thread. His gingerbread cookie was sculpted from air dry clay, and his cup of cocoa started out as a miniature wooden bucket.
He stands 12" tall, including the base (which is made from a slice of a Christmas Tree). He is standing on an old fashioned braided rug, which I made from paper mache clay. The main paint colors used on this Santa and his rug, mug, and cookie, are Santa Red, Warm White, Winter Blue, Toffee Brown, Mississippi Mud, Evergreen, Santa Flesh, and Adobe Red.
I couldn't resist giving him fuzzy bunny slippers! They are sprinkled with crystal tinsel glitter, however it doesn't show up in the photos. His painted on long red underwear has a "drop seat" with two buttons. Not shown, Santa is modest, and after all, this is a G rated blog.
I hope you have enjoyed viewing my Night After Christmas Santa. I appreciate any critiques and comments you leave.