"Oh sure, I'll quick make you an art doll." Little did I know that the words "quick" and "art doll" should never be used in the same sentence. I now have a new found respect for all doll artists!
This is my first attempt at making an art doll and while she didn't turn out exactly the way I first envisioned, I do love her now. Part of the problem here is that I didn't really have a plan, I just started, cause after all they're not that difficult to make, right?
And here's a funny thing that happened...I was going for a more monster type doll, that's what I had researched, but that's not what came out of me. Oh My!
After the body and head were sewn I couldn't put her down. She started out with just a simple skirt and fabric scarf, but then came the details and layers and ruffles and the petticoat made from old book text. Oh, and the lacing up the boots and the knitted scarf and little stitched lines and word to finish her off.
And what to do for hair became a family affair...and where exactly do I place those eyes?
Here's a quickie on what I did. Cut out 2 body pieces, 4 arms, 4 legs,4 ears and 2 heads from muslin and small prints. Stitch the prints to the muslin.
With right sides together, stitch around the arms, legs and ears and turn right side out. Stuff with fiber fil and use a chop stick to poke the fluff in.
Pin the legs to the bottom of the body, slightly askew.
With right sides together, stitch the body, leaving the neck hole open. Clip the corners and turn right side out.
Pin the ears to one of the head pieces, then with right sides together, stitch the head, leaving an opening at the neck hole. Turn right side out. Stuff the body and the head. Paint all the muslin body part with white and light yellow acrylics. Using Mod Podge (matte) adhere small strips of gessoed text, to the head, limbs and body. Tack arms in place and sew the head on.
Hand sew a slightly gathered skirt right on to her body.
Knit a tiny scarf...
and embellish! Go crazy or not...but I bet you won't be able to stop with just a simple skirt!