Sunday, September 25, 2016

More Paige Dolls

I've been busy painting more Paige dolls on my latest background pages. Below are photos of my new pieces.
I scanned each picture and for a limited time I'll sell a set of my 10 cards (with envelopes) for $12 plus shipping & handling..
The cards are 3"x 4" in size. If you're interested in a set, please email at: artfulplay@gmail.com with your mailing address and I'll calculate the shipping costs and arrange payment.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you had a great weekend!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Playing with Paints

Today, I decided to play with paints and create some background pages for future use. I took one of the pages and created this piece below....
I combined styles from Mindy Lacefield, Roben Marie Smith and Christina Romeo. I love all the colors. This will make a cute card, tag or journal cover.
Here's some photos of my day creating...
 I started with white Canson mixed media paper and glued on random pieces of text paper.
Then I just added lots of color with a pallet knife.
The final touches were adding white spats and my tissue flowers. It's comforting to have a stash of background papers ready for future projects.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Painting Black Flowers & Loops

I just finished a quick project painting flowers & loops on tissue paper. I use these painted black flowers and loops often in my art journals and cards.
I use Japanese Sumi drawing ink and a Japanese calligraphy paint brush to paint the flowers.
It did take awhile to cut out the flowers individually, but it'll be so handy to have them ready to use going forward.
Below are a couple of samples of how I use my painted flowers & loops.
The best things I like about painted them on tissue paper is that it gives me the option to preview how it will look before I glue them down vs actually painting the drawings directly on my originals and I also love the transparency of the tissue over my drawings.
I hope you had a great weekend...Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Play Date With Dannetta

Today, Dannetta and I played with making some Paige dolls. Dannetta is a sweet fan of my work and found me through some of my articles in Somerset.
Dannetta wants to make Paige dolls/notebooks for cancer patients - what a thoughtful and kind idea! I showed her some of my work and techniques and hopefully she'll be able to produce some dolls to brighten someone's day.
If we can get this off the ground and find some funding to help pay for some of the production costs, I will definitely spread the word on my blog...stay tuned.

Great idea Dannetta!

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

My New Clay Doll

I recently found an on-line class taught by Nancye Williams called Primitive Vintage Lady or Creating Vintage Dolls. Below is the picture of the doll I made.
The head and hands were made from polymer clay. The body, legs and arms were stuffed with batting.
Nancye has very detailed steps and lots of pictures to show you the entire process. It's hard to picture the final outcome when looking at the beginning stages of just the head.
But it all comes together at the end and I was really happy with the outcome.
Thanks Nancye for a wonderful class, I really enjoyed it! I look forward to making more dolls.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Mini Art Journal Filled with Whimsical Dolls

In the past couple weeks, I've been working on filling up one of my mini art journals with new whimsical dolls.
This book measures about 1 1/2" x 2" and has 16 pages.
Below are a couple pictures of all the inside pages...
It was a bit challenging making such itsy bitsy cuts and gluing them down, but it was worth the effort.
Now, I'm afraid I can't throw away the tiniest scrap paper in case I need it to make one of my mini dolls. :-)

Have a great week!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

New Whimsical Collage Dolls

I'm still into making these whimsical collage dolls, totally inspired by my favorite artists, Christina Romeo, Mindy Lacefield and Roben Marie Smith. I decided to fill up my latest shopping bag art journal with my new dolls. Take a look.
I really enjoy adding the pop of color with tissue paper.
 It's such a fun way to use up my scrap paper and be totally free with dressing the dolls.
I hope to scan each page, so that I can make these into greeting cards or tags.
I really liked using the 2014 black chalk board style calendar for some of my pages. You can see more of that in my previous post. If you go to Paper Source, you can buy the 2016 black chalk style calendars really cheap now.
I also love using the black polka dot tissue paper.
I try to leave some white space on each page where I can later stamp sentiments, such as "Happy Birthday" for cards.
Now, I really want to name these whimsical dolls, but can't think of anything clever. My other dolls are called "Paige", but these style of dolls need a new name...any suggestions?

Do you remember I made a very small art journal? I'm also going to fill one of them up with my whimsical dolls. I just started page 1.
You would think since it's so small, it would be faster to create, but not so. It's really hard to glue down itsy bitsy pieces of paper and tissue, but it's worth the effort!
As you can see above, my mini art journal is about 1/16th the size of my shopping bag journal...so mini!

Have a great week!