Tuesday, September 04, 2012

AWNB Such a Doll Challenge

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.


ParkNSlide said...

OMG!!! I love art dolls and these are super-fabulous. Can't pick a favorite---Sunny is so sweet even the bees are attracted to her; Suzette is so very regal in her B&W dress accessorized with pearls and a tiara. I loved paper dolls too as a child---my favorite reward for surviving a trip to the dentist was a stop at the Five & Dime Store for a new paper doll book. Stampington has an ART Doll magazine. You should consider submitting some of your work to them.

Beverly G said...

Two great creations with so much detail and I always love your stories.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

These are both gorgeous, but you captivated me after I read rhinestones for her eyes...talk about mahoosive creativity!!! Love their colored faces and frilly clothes! I am so seeing this as a chunky atc! Beautiful dolls Bonnie!

Ellis said...

Sunny is just wonderful and great to see after the dark day and rain! =) Suzette loos like a stylish nobel lady, I like her companion too! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Lori said...

Sunny is adorable - she is so bright and has the cutest flip flops! Suzette is darling with her black ruffle and pearls. Love them both!

Maya said...

Ohhh my!
I am in love!!
Such a sunshine princess, love the lace skirt and the sunshine ribbon!
And the second doll is just as lovely!
Love the petals around her head, and the butterfly :)
Hugs, Maya

Anonymous said...

Love your art dolls! There's so much detail and special detail added to both...I don't think I could pick a favorite
Very cool.