When I was little, we'd go to visit my grandmother who lived in an apartment. She didn't have a lot of toys on hand but one of my favourite activities was to cut out people from the Eaton's catalogue and stage my own fashion shows. I also used to cut out the Betsy McCall paper doll from McCall's magazine every month when my mom brought it home with the groceries. Thus began my love of paper dolls :) So you can see why I was so excited to learn that our bonus fortnight theme at Art With No Boundaries is Such a Doll. To qualify for the bonus round, each project must include at least one srt doll consisting of more than one piece (images of dolls do not count).
Chris gave us the new Funky Doll Template from CS Designs to play with. Love her! She has the sweetest face and is jointed so posing her is such fun. So many faces from Chris' other designs can be substituted in creating completely different characters. Chris is also coming out with accessory packages and sets of faces with different expressions which just send the ol' mojo into overdrive!
Allow me to introduce you to one of my creations, Sunny. I coloured Sunny's face with Prismacolor pencils and used a die to cut her sun rays. Tiny rhinestones gave her eyes sparkle.The paper came from MME and was used on her body, jointed arms , and jointed legs. Brads gave Sunny the ability to pose and dance.
After colouring the face, the details are my favourite part of creating art dolls. Sunny was no exception. All edges were inked to indicate roundness and faux stitching was added to her sleeves. Tiny flat back pearls were adhered for buttons on her blouse. Her skirt was created from a hand gathered piece of lace with a "you are my sunshine" ribbon as the waistband. Little bee buttons were added to her skirt and top. Sunny desperately needed shoes but she does get a little warm so flip flops seemed in order. A chipboard sunflower (of course) and wrist and ankle bracelets completed her ensemble (that's fashion-speak). How cute is she?
Now, meet Suzette, a very stylish sweetie from France. Suzette's face was coloured with Prismacolor pencils using OMS to blend. Her head was adhered to a black paper flower and a crown sticker was added. Did I mention that she descends from royalty? Her outfit was made of toile and dotted cardstock. Black brads allow her arms and legs to move and black half pearls form her dress buttons. A piece of black pleated trim with gold accent thread makes the ruffle at her hem and cream lacy trim adorns her sleeves. Ankle height black cardstock boots with pearl buttons and faux stitching are her footwear of choice. Suzette completed her outfit with metallic thread and pearl bracelets. A small butterfly (sticke)r is her constant companion.
These sweeties need some friends. Won't you help them out and play along in this fortnight's bonus round at Art With No Boundaries. Be careful, though, because art dolls are very addictive! Check out the rest of the DT's creations for some fantastic inspiration. We all had a blast with this challenge.
While you are visiting the blog, be sure and follow the link to the blog of our September guest artist, Wendy Pettifer. We are delighted to have her join our team. Her art is very cool.
Thanks for coming by to meet Sunny and Suzette. I can't wait to visit your creations.
Life is good; so is art.