Puppet Making with Corina Duyn: Painting; clothing & Hair

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Puppet making with Corina Duyn – Painting; Clothing and Hair suggestions © 2019 www.corinaduyn.com Dear puppet-maker-in-the-making, As noted in the Introduction, a few general points…

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As part of this self-directed course, I will forward each paid section (head; hands/feet; body/cross; painting/clothing) via WeTranfer and/or supply links to Youtube videos and ISSUU book via email. To accompany your course, you can ask for Email and/or Skype support. This can be purchased via http://www.corinaduyn.com/site/puppet-making-course/ 20 minute Skype sessions need to be booked and agreed upon at least a day in advance. Included in this section are:

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o A short introduction about the finishing touches for your puppet: painting, clothing and hair o List of accompanying videos (links supplied to registered students in the introduction email) o The videos and written instructions are interchangeable. I suggest you watch, and read both at each step of the sculpting process. The (2.04) indicate length of the videos. Please make sure to watch the Youtube videos in HD

This course material was created by Corina Duyn and draws on four decades of experience. It is for your personal use only. Please do not share this course content with people who have not paid for it. If you intent to follow this course in a group, please get in touch as I can offer discounted rates. Licenses are available for institutions, colleges, etc. Please note that having followed this course does not mean you can teach this course using my material. Thank you for your understanding. Please contact me if you have questions regarding these conditions. Corina Duyn © 2019 www.corinaduyn.com


A short introduction about the finishing touches for your puppet: painting, clothing and hair Well done so far! You have made the sculpted parts for your puppet, and perhaps have created the puppet body and cross. And hopefully had some thoughts on how you will dress your puppet.

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Painting In terms of painting your puppet, there are various options. You can just use acrylic if you want a very colourful expressive puppet. (No instructions for this are given). Or the more gently features painted with watercolour over base layers of gesso; or emulsion and undercoat followed by watercolour wash and varnish. The latter I have used for my puppet and dolls for decades. It is a bit more involved, but does create subtle tones. If you go this route, please watch the video and follow instructions of first two layers of painting before starting on the colour wash guidelines outlined in this document.

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A helpful tip: Use a coat hanger with added hooks for drying the painted parts. And add a wire to the puppet head so it can hang while drying. Don’t forget to paint the dowel for the neck! I suggest you paint this while not yet attached to the head.

If you sculpted the eyes: the instruction on painting, are available as video, and are not discussed in this document.

Video: Painting: https://youtu.be/RE4VdXNVWXI (21.08) Video: Painting sculpted in eyes: https://youtu.be/qdHc-rZR7Ok (10.24) Clothing and Hair

Oh, the joys of this part of the project. I said it many times before to my students, even when it comes to deciding on the clothing, it seems that the puppet decides what it will wear.


I have included two very basic patterns for a pair of trousers and a dress. I can not possibly advise you in this document on what your puppet needs, although, of you are stuck, you can avail of email or Skype support. In general:

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Your puppet needs to be able to move freely, so: o Tight trousers, or tops don’t really work o Do you want the joints to show, or would you like them covered o Use soft flowing fabric o Stiff fabric like leather won't work o Go to second hand shops to look for the material you like to use, buy an old dress, scarf… It is cheaper than buying new fabric. o Or buy baby clothes, or doll clothes (second hand). These days they are often quite ‘adult’ like. o Make the clothing just a little bigger than you would do for a doll o Explore the internet to see what type of clothing would be great for your puppet o Be adventurous o New to dress making? Google Youtube videos on making basic clothing, there are plenty of free tutorials o There are also many free patterns available on Google too o Have a think about any other props?

Hair

Again I have included some suggestions for hair. From sculpted hair, (obviously do this before you paint!), to using doll wigs, mohair, or teddy bear fur. The possibilities are endless. Hats can be sculpted, sewn from leather, or simply use the toe and foot part of a pair of socks… Explore what your puppet wants. Have fun with it. When all is done, go to the ‘stringing up’ section in the Body and Cross tutorials, to finish your puppet. I hope you enjoyed the course, and please do share a photo with me of your finished puppet. littlewings@corinaduyn.com Thank you for coming along on this adventure. Corina Duyn © Corina Duyn 2019 www.corinaduyn.com


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Painting the puppet

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You will need: • White emulsion • Off white undercoat • Matt clear varnish • High gloss varnish – if eyes are painted (not glass eyes) or high gloss nail varnish • White spirits • Water • Watercolour for tinting: white, umber, ochre, red, black, and any colour you might like, for example if your puppet has natural colours, like green, etc. • Soft Brushes (please don't use the brush you had for sculpting) – for the base coats and finer brushes for the tinting, painting of lips, eyes etc. • Dish to mix watercolours on • Protective Gloves • Sticks to stir the paint • Blusher for the cheeks -

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Work in a well ventilated space when using the off white undercoat and varnish – And take time between each step in the painting process – There is an alternative painting method, see below And if you want to use acrylic, please be aware that the colours would be very strong, but your puppet might need this. Experiment at the back of the puppet’s head, or any other part which will not be seen, or make a sample piece of clay, to experiment on.

Process: Watch the video!! Make sure to adjust Youtube settings so you can view in HD, detail is important • First layer is white emulsion o Paint over Everything – including eyes, into nose etc, and the neck • Second layer is off white undercoat o Paint over Everything – including eyes, into nose etc. and the neck • See LPDJHV EHORZ and video for tinting instructions o The wash is made up of a mixture of white, ochre, red, black – please mix until you have the right tint for you puppet – experiment on a part which won't be seen • When happy with adding the tinting, the features and any other parts which you like to paint varnish all with Matt Clear Varnish


Some instructions of alternative way to paint and varnish if you can’t use oil based paint: •

Mix flesh acrylics with white gesso for the base colour of the head and hands, and bare feet.

Tinting and detailing and shadowing: for example mix up burnt umber, cadmium white, and (crimson) red, perhaps some black. As in the previous instructions, put it on and wipe it of again, so it will stay in the deeper parts. o However, as the base coat is not an oil based paint, it the tinting colour dries up quickly, so wipe after very soon after applying.

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o The results are slightly different from the normal painting process, but a good alternative.

It is ok o use a spray varnish or even hair spray to seal the paint.

If eyes are painted (not glass eyes) or glass eyes got damaged, in stead of the high gloss varnish you can also use a high gloss clear nail varnish.


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From: The art of making and marketing Art Dolls, Jack Johnston,


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