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!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Altered Shopping Bag Turns Art Journal

In my previous post, I mentioned how I purchased an adorable shopping bag. I've never purchased a shopping bag "just because", but this time I did. I thought about what to do with it for a few days and this is what I came up with...
I turned it into a hybrid midori - art journal. Below are lots of pictures of how I made this. It started with this little shopping bag.
Next, I deconstructed it. Separating the sides.
And separating the bottom.
I cut along the sides.
Resulting in two pieces.
 Fold in the sides and glue into the inside cover.
Cut about half of the bottom flap off from the bottom side.
Now, turn bottom fold up and cut about half of the flap.
Glue down the bottom flaps onto each side.
Glue down the bottom flaps on top of each other, making the spine.
I sewed around the spine and added some of the extra shopping bag pieces around the center.
 Inside view.
I cut a piece of card stock for the inside covers.
I covered the card stock with coordinating paper.
I clipped the corners of the coordinating paper at a diagonal and glued the sides down. Next, I glued them onto the front and back covers.
I punched some holes at the top and bottom of the spine and threaded the holes with some elastic.
 The elastic will hold my inside journal pages.
 Here are some of my inside pages.
I recycled an old calendar and cut up the pages and trimmed off the edges.
And folded the calendar pages in half. I also added some plain white mixed media paper in between.
Then I added a few embellishments to get the pages started.
I can't wait to start filling up my art journal and look for more fun small shopping bags!