Saturday, March 21, 2009


I was involved in three different paper doll swaps
last year.

One for Valentine's Day, one was called Springtime and
the other was the Halloween holiday.
They were so much fun! Part of the Valentine's Day Paper Doll Swap
collection adorn my desk in the pictures above.
The photos below are of the dolls I made for the various swaps.

My "Polka Dot Girl Paper Doll", from the Valentine's Day
Swap. Cute little vintage girl dressed in polka dots with tiny,
real buttons, lace collar, heart pin and a ribbon in her hair.

"Flower Girl Paper Doll" is from the Springtime Doll Swap.
She was taken from 4 different photos; the head, the birds nest,
the body was scanned fabric, and the legs were from a magazine
picture. The little butterflies on her shoes were hand made
from paper. Tammie Moore, the artist hosting the swap,
can be found on My Art Soul Wings Blog , along with
the photos from all three swaps.*

My flower girl doll won first place as her favorite
doll of the swap and I was awarded a packet of ephemera
and some of Tammie's handmade dolls. Thanks again, Tammie.
It was such a great swap and I was flattered to win your favor!

"The Twins Halloween Paper Dolls", from the Halloween Doll Swap.
I used vintage prints of a fisher woman and colored the twins,
the color of most witches, green! I made a necklace and attached a
vintage spider on one of them and lots of bats on the other, adding
handmade glittered pumpkins for Trick or Treating!

My Little Boy Clown Halloween Paper Doll has a glow-in-the-dark
pumpkin! This is a vintage little boy with a ruffled paper collar,
his hat was folded like the old boat hats we used to make as kids,
and dingle balls adorn his costume.

I'm looking forward to the next paper doll swap. Remember when you were a kid and your favorite things were playing with crayons, paste and scissors? Making paper dolls takes you back to that time......what a great way to spend the day having fun!

.*Postscript: The dates for the swaps on Tammie's blog are: Feb 12/08, June 2/08, and Oct 5/07.

Oh, I checked out your blog! Love your work! Oh, and you are in San Diego....lucky you! Have been there once, was very cold, but we came over to see the whales come through on their way to Baja.It is a beautiful place!

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Encaustic on Canvas

The world of Encaustic Art is exciting to me! The layers of paint, fiber, paper, metal and wax, meld into a wonderful creative expression on canvas. These two canvasses were entered in a show 2 years ago and won honorable mention. I haven't entered anything since that time, but after visiting the
website of a friend from Versailles, I have new found inspiration! Thanks, Gretchen.

Encaustic art is the most fun I've ever had of all the mixed media art I create. I really need to start a gallery on line of my soon as I find an eighth day in the week! I will one day, soon!

Trying to keep up with 3 blogs, Facebook and email doesn't leave much time! I'm taking Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign classes as well! It seems like you can never do it all. But I keep trying!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009