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mixed media articulated art doll

Do you like paper dolls?  I've always been fascinated by them, so the chipboard Art Doll from Gypsy Soul was a perfect excuse to have a little play time. 

First, the body received a thin coat of paint, plus some background stamping  with several colors of ink, along with a spritz or two of spray inks.  An awl (what I generally refer to as "a pokey tool") was used to stab holes in each limb (that's not something you get to say everyday!) and also at the torso for the joining together of parts, but some free advice:  if you make your own dolly, a small hole punch would probably be an easier option.  You could choose to attach the head the same way, but I glued Ms. Doll's.

As much as I like paper dolls, I equally dislike the little paper tabs generally used to attach their clothes.  Instead, a coating of gel medium over this doll's body parts, as well as over her clothing, will protect Ms. Doll and her collection from me using painter's tape to temporarily attach her outfits.
For her premiere ensemble, Ms. Doll has a Mary Pickford mask cut from the Screen Sirens collage page, a crown from the Perfect Party Hats page, and a dress from a Gelli plate print.  Her wrap is ink tinted cheesecloth, and she carries a bouquet of flowers.

Any suggestions for Ensemble #2??

some supplies used for Ensemble #1:
Laser Cut Art Doll
Gelli Plate
rubber stamps
gel medium
Screen Sirens 
Perfect Party Hats

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  1. what a great image and style you chose! She is rocking the look!

  2. Ms. Doll is beautiful♥ Even at my age I love this type of doll.

  3. What fun to dress this doll....she is lovely....


  4. Gorgeous and the cheesecloth is genius! xoxo

  5. brilliant paper doll! great idea about the gel medium and painter's tape! xo

  6. adorable - fun to see the transformation from such a simple little articulated figure. Charming!

  7. My cousins & I loved designing clothes for our paper dolls about 60 years. You have inspired me to revisit the fun!

  8. My cousins & I loved designing clothes for our paper dolls about 60 years. You have inspired me to revisit the fun!

  9. My cousins & I loved designing clothes for our paper dolls about 60 years. You have inspired me to revisit the fun!

  10. Absolutely fabulous, Trisha! I am inspired to give art dolls a go!


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