Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Playful Dolls


What fun I've had this week, with Diana's challenge on Mixed Media Monday - "playful dolls". I have been admiring the art dolls I have seen in books and around the place that have been altered to look like porcelain dolls. This was my perfect opportunity to have a play! I pulled all of the hair out of a plastic doll (drastic, I know) and re-painted the head and arms and glazed them to make them look like porcelain. The bodies of the dolls I admired were made with wooden bobbins but I had to improvise so I made my body with a cardboard tube wrapped with wadding to give it some shape. The base was made using a child's board book, covered with paper and braid. Then I had fun with the clothing, using lace, silk, hand painted lace, cheesecloth dyed with coffee, etc. I gave her lovely little feather wings which were distressed to add to the vintage look. She stands about 10 inches tall - and now I think she needs a little friend or two.

16 comments:

indybev said...

Holy Cow! This really looks like porcelain. She's just simply great!

Diana Evans said...

oh wow Diane!!! this is amazing...what a great piece....I loved being the guest host this week!!!

Hugs
Diana

Nicola said...

Wow!!! Great doll, it really does look porelain, so much detail so many different materials used. Well done!

Glenda-TwoCoolTexans said...

Sweet, sweet doll. Amazing work.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

What a beautiful doll...makes me want to play...have always loved dolls and this is so adorable.

Barbara Hagerty said...

Diane, your doll is simply gorgeous! Amazing! If I hadn't read your post, I would have thought that you photographed a favorite antique doll! WOW!

Sandy said...

OMG what a lovely doll.
So wonderful idea and work. Love them.

Kelly said...

beautiful doll!

herminesplace said...

Its gorgeous!

Rosie said...

Oh now she is really precious Diane!! Love what you created... and what a fun challenge! =)

REDLAN said...

wow, she looks so real. you are very creative @diane.

Anni's Art said...

Wow Diane what a fantastic doll, love your doll in her fine dress, but poor doll did you really pulled all her hair of.

Lori Saul said...

A wonderful altered doll- lovely details and you should make her a friend!

Marina Huisman said...

What a great doll, compliments for your work.

Christen said...

I love your doll Diane, she is very arty, and I love all of the components that you used. Glad that you liked my doll too!

Dorthe said...

She is so very sweet Diane, I love the colors, and her sweet face.

I too did something like it, in the workshop with Joanna Pierotti, and loved to learn all the tecnicks about this way of making art-dolls.