I was very excited when I received the Art Dolls as the next design challenge. For a while, I have been wanting to enlarge some of the recycled jewellery pieces I design to make them into wall art, so my mind leapt straight to that idea. An epiphany in the night made me think of the using Powertex Sand and Balls for the Red Queen’s hair and I knew I just had to go with one of my all-time favourite themes of Wonderland. I wanted to play with the juxtaposition of the youthful Alice fresh full of ideas that seem new and the older Red Queen seemingly more powerful but chained to time and her cage full of belongings. I also wanted my work to have an overall silver feel to symbolise a galvanised archetypal story but themed Alice in Pale Blue & Silver and the Red Queen in Red & Gold. They share the colours in their heart as there is a little bit of Alice and Queen in us all.
Step One - Design Layout
Step Two – Make Plaster Pieces
Step Three – Build the Red Queen’s Hair Form
Step Four – Seal the MDF Doll Pieces
Step Five – Make the Red Queen’s Hair
Step Six – Make Stone Art Clay
Step Seven – Create the Red Queen’s Bodice
Step Eight – Build the Box for behind the Red Queen’s Dress
Step Nine - Create Alice’s Dress and Attach Face and Hair
Step Ten – Colourtrix Red Queen and Alice Pieces
Step Eleven – Assemble Doll and Embellish with Found Objects or Jewellery
Step Twelve – Attach the Box Behind the Red Queen’s Dress.
Eventually, I will mount these onto a mirror – through the looking glass.
You could mount on a stand or attach a d-hook on the back as illustrated in my Boho Violin and Eostre Blogs and hang them on your wall.
I Hope you enjoy creating your own
Art Dolls. See you next time Natalie P.
Artwork & Blog post by Erika Venter, QLD
The theme for this month is Quintessentially Quirky and this gorgeous Art Doll kit is now available from Powertex Australia.
I had so much fun designing and creating this quirky Art Doll. This project took me back to my childhood when we used to play with paper dress-up dolls. Since this month is Mother’s Day, I thought that this could be a great gift if I made it functional! So, this is how I created a Quirky Art Doll Fridge magnet.
Choose your favourite Art Doll kit, select and trace the arms, body and wings (as pictured above) onto coloured paper. TIP: ensure the arms that the arms are around the right way when you trace them! Cut all body parts out and glue the paper pieces onto the Art Doll using Easycoat mat decoupage glue. Apply another layer of the Easycoat mat on top of the paper to seal. Put aside to dry.
Use cling wrap and cover the top and bottom part of the doll and leave the middle clear. Using pre-cut strips of Stockinette, dip them into the Powertex colour of your choice (I used Green) and massage the Powertex into the fabric… TIP: don’t soak it as you will waste the product and it will take too long to dry…. Drape it over the cling wrap by making sure it sticks onto the middle of the doll. Leave to dry (if you are in a hurry use a hairdryer to dry it more quickly). Paint the dolls’ hat or crowns with Powertex and leave to dry… I had this little hat in my stash!
Use the split pins and assemble the MDF doll. I also used Easycoat mat to glue the wings on to the back of the doll… you could use Powertex if you prefer.
I wanted to create the look of a Victorian lady, so I used an old necklace that I cut up into pieces for the hat, brooch and waistline. To glue all bits and pieces on I found it easier to use a hot glue gun which gave an instant stick. I folded the hat in half and glued it onto the front and back of the dolls’ head and then decorated the hat with a piece of the jewellery, feathers and a metal butterfly. I used some lace for the neckline, cuffs and middle and created a brooch with another piece of the jewellery and a feather. To finish off the dress I glued another piece of jewellery onto the waistline and a feather on both sides, then left it aside to dry.
Glue the magnets onto the back of the small canvas (as pictured above), then use a sponge to apply Powertex Ivory to the front of the canvas… remember to do the sides as well! Use a little bit of Powertex Green to dab onto the Ivory to create some shading… dark to light, from one corner to the next. Stick the notepad onto the darker corner of the canvas while its still wet. Apply Powertex Ivory onto the back of your quirky Art Doll and stick it onto the lighter side of the canvas and leave it to dry.
This Quintessentially Quirky gift will make any mother’s heart melt… so why wait.... create it for mum today!
This was so much fun and I love my end result!
This Quintessentially Quirky Art Doll will allow you to turn the clock back in time and give you many hours of fun as you let your imagination run wild to dress her up using Powertex and Mixed Media!
I look forward to seeing what you do with your Art Doll Kits!!!
Enjoy the ride
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
Ashley Hay is an artist and the Importer of Powertex for Australia. Ashley has become a great advocate for this amazing product and wishes to share her excitement about the versatility of Powertex with others.