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Blog Hop Tour

By May 15, 2011 June 25th, 2020 37 Comments

Welcome! This is going to be my longest post ever.
Today is my turn in the Blog Hop Tour organized around the new book about epoxy clays: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams by Kerin Gale. Some of my work is included in this book. In case you don’t know my work: I am a doll artist from the Netherlands, NIADA and DABIDA member. I use to add animals and other props to my fantasy pieces. I work mainly in hand sculpted porcelain for my dolls and papier mache for animals. I use epoxy clay to make weak parts of the animals stronger. Here you see a few examples of my work:

The nice thing for the visitors of my blog today is that they can win all the prizes listed below. The only thing you have to do to win a prize is to leave your name and addresses as a comment. Winners will be picked by a drawing. As an extra prize I have added an online class on animal making. This class tells you all my secrets about how to start and build an animal of your choice from papier mache.
To give you an impression I show here how to make an open  beak for a duck:

Bend copper (or other non rusty wire) into a loop, a bit wider than  the width of the duck’s head. (I used a Styrofoam egg as base for the head) Cover this both sides with paper masking tape. Let about an inch of the wire stick out. Make a second piece almost twice as wide as the first one with an extra strip of wire placed in the middle.

Bend the two beak parts to hollow shapes and stick the wire ends in the Styrofoam, the wider part on top. This gives you a great base to cover with papier mache or other sculpting material. This method is easy to adjust to other shapes. I also use it for animal ears and that works great.

This is the complete program of this Blog Hop tour

May 1
Kerin Gale
Remnants of Olde:

May 2
Alicia Caudle
Altered Bits:

May 3
Lesley Venable
Flatwoods Folk Art:

May 4
Christine Lehto
Lilly Bug Studio:

May 5
Seth Apter
The Altered Page:

May 6
Nancy Perennec
Little Bit Wired:

May 7
Jen Cushman
ICE Queen Zine:

May 8
Happy Mother’s Day!

May 9
Beth Robinson
Strange Dolls:

May 10
Brenda Schweder
Brenda Schweder Jewelry:

May 11
Esther Verschoor
Vanessie Art Dolls:

May 12
Kecia Deveny
Lemoncholy’s Flight of Fancy:

May 13
Rachel Whetzel
A Year In The Life Of An Art Journal:

May 14
Shannon LeVart

May 15
Marlaine Verhelst
Marlaine Verhelst Art Dolls:

May 16
Lisa Jurist
Mud Hound Studio:

May 17
Michelle Bernard
Yesterday’s Trash:

May 18
Kerin Gale
Remnants of Olde – Alan Rogerson feature:

May 19
Facebook Party!
Apoxie Clay & Epoxy Clays Page:!/home.php?sk=group_158159677562761


Book & Online Workshop Bundles – special pricing of $5 off
All you need to do is put in the name of this blog when you check out through Paypal and you will receive the $5 back.

A) Resin Clay Pendants Workshop + Book = $35 + shipping (only $30 for you)

B) Vintage Gentleman Workshop + Book = $40 + shipping (only $35 for you)

C) Both Workshops + Book = $70 + shipping (only $65 for you)

The only thing you have to do to win this prizes is leave your name and addresses in a comment. Please note the physical products will only be mailed to addresses in the US. Access to the online workshop and the digital collage sheets can be sent anywhere in the world.

A)   The book  Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams

B)    One Aves Power Pack (selection of their most popular formulas)  from

C)    Fluid Chalks Online Workshop by Lesley Venable on her The Art Of Altering site which features many other awesome online workshops

D)  Two Digital Collage Sheets by Alicia Caudle of Altered Bits.  You can see her very unique and cool collection at

E) Sample pack of Silputty 40 silicone putty mold mix from Silpak.

F) 1 OZ ICE Resin and a mixed metal bezel from

G) Online workshop Animal making in papier mache by Marlaine Verhelst


Grand Prizes For Book Reviews*
Any reader that writes a review ~ however short or long~  of Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams on before July 31, 2011 and sends an email with the title “Inspired Remnants Review” to will be entered in a drawing to win one of these prizes.  Please note that your honest opinion is wanted on this review.

A) The art piece featured on the cover of the book, “Sacred Totem”

B) Power Pack plus extra Fixit Sculpt clay from Aves Studio

C) Frozen Charlotte Doll with digital tutorial “How To Crackle Charlottes” from Alicia Caudle of

D)  Resin Clay Pendants online workshop by Kerin Gale from

E)  Vintage Gentleman online workshop by Kerin Gale from

F)  Choice of any one workshop being taught by Kerin and Charley at Art Is You retreat in Petaluma, CA.  The registration fee and workshop cost are both waived.

G)  One copy each of Jen Cushman’s book, Explore, Create, Resinate and Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book, Making Connections plus ICE Resin and a selection of bezels all from

* Please note prizes include shipping to U.S. addresses only.


Good luck with winning a prize and enjoy the rest of the Tour!
Warm regards
Marlaine Verhelst

Marlaine Verhelst

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Join the discussion 37 Comments

  • Am I really the first to react Marlaine?
    I absolutely love your work and am as proud as a peacock to be your co member of DABIDA.

  • Nancy Perennec says:

    Marlaine, I’ve been a fan or your work for a long time. Your imaginative
    costuming, posing and props are a real inspiration! I hope one day to
    take some of your classes! Thanks for sharing your tip on the beak! 

  • Pat says:

    As always I would love to win anything from you Marlaine! Thank you for you idea on beaks and ears! I love your animals : )
    XXX Pat

  • says:

    Every time I look at your beautiful work I’m just in awe Marlaine! I’m thrilled to have you as a featured artist in the book and doubly that you are a part of the tour.  I can’t even imagine how happy some lucky winner will be to get your online class.  I’ve been looking at all of your classes and they’re AWESOME!!!  

  • Kerin Gale says:

    Every time I look at your beautiful work I’m just in awe Marlaine! I’m thrilled to have you as a featured artist in the book and doubly that you are a part of the tour.  I can’t even imagine how happy some lucky winner will be to get your online class.  I’ve been looking at all of your classes and they’re AWESOME!!!   

  • Barbara Evans says:

     To Marlaine who is one of my most admired doll artists, thanks for this opportunity and the beak making lesson.-Barbara

  • grbc123 says:

     wow…you are so talented…..I love being able to see all of the things you can do with apoxie sculpt!

  • Dena says:

    I am enjoying the tour very much. I just received your book Poppen & Beesteen from a friend and I would love to win the extra prize that you added of an online class on animal making. 

    I hope I win!

  • Elizabeth Johnson says:

    WOW! just wow. your dolls are amazing. thanks for the little mini lesson on duck beaks, that will come in handy. 

  • Jane Obern says:

     Hi Marlaine…. You are a great inspiration!  I took your class on Staten Island some years ago…. and have just now made a paper mache swan and will make MORE paper mache.  Just bought the Curious Dreams.  MORE inspiration.  Hope I win something

  • Marina Yax says:

    Hi Marlaine.
    I love your dolls and animals.About 2 year ago I took your class. You inspired me to make dolls from air dry clay. I would like to try to make some animals.
    Thank you again for everything.
    I wish you the best in dollmaking.

  • gdie1021 says:

    Your work is well kn own, and deservedly so.  I sure hope I can win your class!  Wowzer!  Thanks for the mini tutorial!

  • Katie Cahill says:

    Again, I am completely blown away by how versatile these products are! Thanks for sharing.  

  • KRay690387 says:

    I took your online class a few years ago, and learned so very much.  With the duck beak tip, I see I’m still learning new things from you!   Enjoyed browsing through your blog.  Best of luck with the new book!

  • cindyb says:

    You are so very creative…love, love, love your work.
    eiggam44 at yahoo dot com 

  • Shade102 says:

     Hi Marlaine!  I feel blessed to have been able to meet you last month & take yours & Ankie’s wonderful class…I can’t wait to try making an animal!Heather Copple

  • Shade102 says:

    Hi Marlaine, are we supposed to leave our mailing address or email address?
    Heather Copple

  • Patricia Kurowski says:

    I am loving this tour and being able to visit so many different artists.
    I really enjoyed looking thru your site and the many different dolls you make. They are amazing.

  • Lisa says:

     Oh my – the doll riding the pig – so fabulous!!!!  Your dolls are fantastic.

  • Sjbborsavage says:

    Wow, your work is so incredible and beautiful!  It is great to meet so many new artists on this tour!

  • lisa says:

    Hi Marlaine!  Love the duck’s beak.  This is a great concept; an online book tour!  So please include me in the drawing.  

  • lisa says:

     Sorry, Marlaine.  I don’t think my info went in.  But you have my email address.  Hugs,
    Lisa Gatz

  • Canace says:

    Beautiful detail on your dolls Marlaine…. and again… kudos to Kerin on a well done job. The book is one of few I have enjoyed completely. It’s a keeper!

  • TesoriTrovati says:

    Wow. Beautiful dolls. Great tip! I really need to get a copy of this book!
    Enjoy the day!Erin 

  • I just learned about this book and this special clay. I’d never even heard of it before.  I’m already blown away by all I’ve seen so far.  Thanks for allowing me to enter your contest.  My e-mail address is on my Blogger profile page, which I think is safer than leaving my mailing address.

  • Thespoena McLaughlin says:

    Your dolls are so amazing. These products are so very versatile, I think that is what drew me to the book in the first place. Great techniques, projects, and sharing of ideas. Love it all! Hope you have a great week!

  • denahad says:

    Your dolls are fabulous! Breathtaking. I’m so glad that I found this blog hop when I did. Thank you for sharing!

  • Anonymous says:

     Your animals are as fantastic as your dolls. So enjoyed your class last month. Love the doll I made and have been inspired to make more. 

  • Kathy Reed says:

    Have always loved your work Marlaine…and the book has such great info! 

  • connie says:

     your dolls are gorgeous…i would love to win a tutorial!  Thank you for being a part of this fabulous blog hop!

  • Dogfaeriex5 says:

    your dolls are outta this world..your faces are so expressive and delightful.i am in love with all of them… from ohio….

  • sherry goodloe says:

     The dolls you create are just fab-u-lous!!

  • fabulous post!  i love your beak technique — that’s fantastic!  i will have to try that one of these days indeed! i just LOVElove your dolls, too!thanks so much for the wonderful post… and please forgive me for being a bit late.  🙂


  • Kathy Stone says:

    Love seeing the wip pictures, very inspiring. This whole blog hop is very informative too!

  • Marlaine says:

    Dear all,

    Thank you very much for writing a comment on my blog during the
    Blog Hop
    Tour of the book ‘Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams’.
    positive comments made my day(s) 🙂
    And yes, Esther, you were the first one.
    Of course we get up a bit earlier
    over here than people in the US and Canada.
    In the meantime I picked the
    winners of the fantastic prizes, by drawing. The
    winners will be informed
    Thank you very much again
    from Holland,

  • Jan says:

    Wow! Great work! I love the pig-riding doll… 😀 I love your concept of adding animals on your pieces…
    Would want to see more of your works… 😀
    God bless you!

  • Leslier says:

    I love your work Marlaine. I’m so glad I found your website!

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