In Progress: Deer + Kalua Moola + Etsy Shop Feature

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Thanks to everyone who entered my plush deer giveaway hosted on TokyoBunnie’s blog!  This giveaway set a new record on TB’s blog with 127 entries!!! Congrats to donelleohio who gets to take home a new deer. I plan on having a few more giveaways in the future, so stay tuned! 🙂
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Here are a few in progress pics of things I’ve been working on lately.  After spending weeks painting the Kalua Moola custom, I wanted to do some sewing again.  I’ve been working on 10 plush deer, and some of them will be hitting my Etsy shop tomorrow.  But for now, here are some in progress pics.

Body parts waiting to be sewn…

After hours of work, the deer are all sewn up. Now I decide colours for noses, eyelids and dots…

Lucky is unsure about the growing deer herd…

Here’s an in progress pic of my Kalua Moola custom.  I had just put sealer on his lower body which is why he’s drying upside down. 😉

And last but not least, I was super pleased to discover I was featured on Plastic + Plush’s Etsy Wednesday blog feature (09/09/09)!  Yay for little brown Ghostie!

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Press: Kalua Moola Custom

My Kalua Moola custom is making the rounds across the internet!  He’s been featured on 4 major toy/art sites in the past week:


…featured on FreshCharacters.com, 09/06/09


…featured on SpankyStokes.com, 09/06/09


…featured on PlasticAndPlush.com, 09/04/09


…featured on VPEast.com, 09/08/09

Kalua Moola Custom, Part 5

He’s finally done!!!! I’m so excited to finally unveil my completed Kalua Moola custom!   He took me a few weeks to paint, mainly because I wanted to go a good job, I’m a perfectionist when it comes to clean lines (I rework them until I’m satisfied they’re perfect) and I was having so much fun painting him that I didn’t want to stop!  lol.  Even though I start out with an initial sketch, I still let my inspiration guide me as I’m painting and and I re-evaluate my colour choices + designs as I go along. It’s a very organic and of course a very fun process!

I’ve named him “Tough Love“, and this is his backstory: Tough Love has a wounded heart that he protects behind his bandaged, bloody fists. He’s upset because he’s had enough of broken hearts, so he’s fighting back! Watch out, cause this tough little guy is on a mission of revenge, and might pop you in the eye if you’re not careful!

Kalua Moola was designed by Lord Mesa, sculpted by Eric Nocella Diaz, and custom painted by me! He’s now available in the Argonaut Resins store!


Below is a look at the detail on his back.  It’s hard to tell in this pic but, his tail is sculpted in 3D and super cute!  🙂  Here’s the BEFORE pic just incase you were curious what he looked like blank, and HERE is an archive of this custom in progress!  Click HERE for more pics!

In Progress: Kalua Moola Custom, Part 3

Here’s another in progress pic of my Kalua Moola custom for the Artist Crossover Series with Argonaut Resins!  As you can see, I’ve painted a bit more on this guy since my previous post.  I added a teal cloud to the bottom part of his body and his ears, and I’ve drawn the tribal-styled designs on his forehead and I’m painting them in dark purple (I know it looks a bit like black, but it’s really dark purple). Still got a ways to go…

In Progress: Kalua Moola Custom, Part 2

Below is a pic of my Kalua Moola custom with the first 2 or 3 coats of purple paint on him. This paint is very thin and takes several coats to build up a nice smooth opaque look (it took like 10 coats), so that’s why it looks a bit “patchy” right now. I left parts of him white because they will be painted different colours.  You can see my design + colour key sketch in the background. 😉

In this next pic, I’ve finished the purple base coat (you can see it’s nice and opaque after lots of layers), and I’ve started painting his eyes.  I like to start with the eyes because I think that really starts to bring the character and personality alive.  Do you like the yellow paint?  🙂   His nose, ears and bandages will be a different colour, so I’ve left them unpainted for now.

Next I added an outline around the eyes. I think his personality is really starting to come through. You can see what colour his ears will be….

More to come soon…

In Progress: Kalua Moola Custom, Part 1

Here’s a snapshot of my blank Kalua Moola figure waiting to be customized. Look at how tough he is! He’s so ready for me to bring on the paint. I’ve drawn up a few ideas already (you can see some in the pic), and I’m very close to deciding on my final design and I can’t wait to slap on the first layer of paint!

I couldn’t believe it when I first received him — he is hand cast!  I’m so used to the factory made vinyl toys, and have never held an original hand cast vinyl toy before.  It was like seeing an original painting or something, very exciting!  If you’d like to customize your own Kalua Moola figure, then you’re in luck! Argonaut Resins is selling 8 DIY KM figures in their online shop. Grab ’em now because they’re going to sell out fast!