3.22.2013

Daruma Doll


I have been seeing more and more of these darling Japanese Durama Dolls.
Considered a toy, it is also used as a special gift of encouragement.
So I decided to use Delight ™, air dry modeling compound, to create my own!



Supplies:
Delight ™
acrylic craft paints: black, red, gold
fine tipped paint brush



First, form your head into a roundish, egg-shaped form. 
Be sure to give it a nose and a somewhat flat bottom
so that it can "Nana Korobi Yaoki!"  (Fall down 7 times, get up 8!)
Allow sufficient time for your doll to dry.


Then, paint your doll.
The traditional colors are red, black, and gold.
Red is for good luck in Eastern Cultures.
Again, allow sufficient drying time in between colors so you can get
a fine contrast between colors.




By using Delight ™, you will already have a white face.
Leave the eyes blank.
Then, once you decide on a goal, fill in one eye.  Place the Daruma 
in a key location so that when you see it, you will recall the goal that you 
are working on!



Be sure to leave the back of your doll blank.
When you have completed your goal, fill in the 2nd eye
and write the finished goal on the back of your Durama!


This was an enjoyable project...and I am thinking that it would be fun
for kids to make as well.  Just think...crafting, playing...and goal setting! All rolled into one!

For more ideas using Delight ™, an air dry modeling compound, be sure to click on over to
the Creative Paperclay ® blog!

6 comments:

Danie May said...

I haven't heard of these dolls before Dawn so your post today was very informative as well as creative. Beautifully done, and I love the whole concept of these dolls and goal setting. xx

Lynn McAuley said...

I learned a lot today! Thanks for sharing this sensational project, Dawn!!

Dawn Carlyle said...

I just bought this air dry clay last weekend for the first time- so this post was perfect timing! Thanks for sharing,,,,

Dawn Carlyle said...

I just bought this air dry clay last weekend for the first time- so this post was perfect timing! Thanks for sharing,,,,

Tammy said...

Adorable! Love the idea!!

Julie Short said...

The Durama is very cute and different Dawn. And if it's for encouragement then we should all make lots of them!