f Stars and Angels (part one)... - Art Eye Candy

Stars and Angels (part one)...

Happy Sunday.

The art started early today, around 10am, and with the help of my little apprentice.
This little mixed media star (watercolour and glitter) is her masterpiece for the day, and it is now proudly hanging from the 'twigs' on the dining room table.
Remember the star blank that I mentioned yesterday? Well this is how it ended up.
Very cute, my apprentice is learning well.

As for me, I wasn't sure what to do again... I must have sat at the table for a good 10 minutes, staring at the supplies, mind blank.  then it came to me that I'd have a go at making a Paper Art Doll.  I've never made one before, but it's something I've often admired when I see them.

I thought I'd start with a girl, a bit like the ones I tend to draw, and see where it took me.  As I said, I've never done this before.

Because it's going to take a while to do, I decided to cover it over two postings - it's drying as we speak.

I forgot to photograph the first step...oops but I'll tell you about it anyway.  
Kristen left a comment after my last post that she wold like some tutorials, I'll work on that for sure.  After all I have quite a bit of time on my hands - for a while at least.



Scrunch up some newspaper/newsprint - do this lots of times so that it's really soft.  
Don't worry if it tears.


Shape the paper into the shape/figure that you want.  I know I'm new to this, but I'd do the body first followed by the head and arms etc. I'm sure some of you reading this may be able to give me some tips.


Use Cellotape to cover the 'doll' but try and keep the definition of the arms etc.  Don't lose the shape.  You can attach the head and arms with the tape too.


Paint a layer of white gesso all over and allow to dry - or if you're impatient like me use a heat gun to dry off.


(Now this is my own added step)
Cover the doll in some silk handmade paper - remember how I've used this before as a smoother painting surface?  Well I added a layer of this today because my doll's surface was quite rough and not smooth as I was hoping for.


Decorate and admire your fabulous doll.

So that's the theory I think, here's my attempt from today... 
be kind.

Ooh I forgot to say that I added these feather wings - she's morphing into an angel or fairy... 
still not sure yet.

I put some twigs from the garden into her body for legs.  I also put two little jingle bells inside the body too (hoping for a little bell tinkle) but Mr.P said it sounded like a rattle.
  (he's always there to offer his 'straight talking' critique).
Oh well, I'll have to come up with a better way of doing that next time.

This is where I'm up to now, she has the silk layer on top and I gessoed her legs too.  
(she doesn't have feet yet)

I'm feeling quite pleased with my little attempt, let's hope I don't mess it up when I add the decoration.

Part Two should hopefully be tomorrow.

Look at these lovelies I found.
They are old Christmas stamps, I might even use these to decoupage/collage her dress.

mmm ideas, ideas.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Rachelle x

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