Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Gotta LOVE Mixed Media Art Dolls


For the last two weeks I have been having a blast taking my 5th class at Artful Gathering. The class is ART-S2-307 The Imaginarium: Anthologies of an Art Doll with Mary Jane Chadbourne and it is a delightful mixed media art doll class.

I'd been anxiously awaiting the start of this class as I have never created mixed media art dolls so it was going to be an adventure for me. And, adventure it was. I never realized how much fun this was, how much work was involved in creating mixed media art dolls and all the different supplies you would need.


I had decided to buy one of Mary Jane's art doll wood kits and to try and accumulate all the art supplies and printables I would need ahead of time. The wood kit contained the wood needed to make 3 different art dolls.


The doll pictured above was the 1st mixed media art doll I made. She took the longest amount of time to make as I couldn't decide on the different papers and fabrics I would use for her outfit and what other embellishments I was going to add. I knew I wanted to make a doll using blue colors (just to drive my baby sister crazy as blue is her favorite color)  and wanted to incorporate a printable of the blue rose graphic I had created for some of my Victorian Era fabric designs.


I had found a wonderful graphic to use for the faces of two of the dolls so one would be brown eyed and one would be blue eyed. I used the brown eyed face here. Her back and side are painted blue and then stamped with a black flower design. Her message is "to listen is to learn, and to understand is to inspire" so I named her "Compassion."


My 2nd doll was easier to make. She had beautiful blue eyes so I decided to make her outfit a combination of darker blue papers and fabrics. I had also decided to utilized two green butterfly printables I had found and some of the silk floral and lace embellishments I had. Her sides and back are painted dark blue. I added a layer of crackle paint which didn't crackle the way I thought it would. Instead of cracks I got a marble type of raised design.


Her message is "believe in possibilities" and "begin with yes" so I named her Melody.


My 3rd doll had a small body, but a large head. I had found a wonderful whimsical graphic to use for the face but when looking at the finished doll now I think her face could have been a little smaller. Oh, well. Live and learn.


I had decided that this doll would be a whimsical angel of sorts so I added a green and white checkered paper bow to her back to serve as wings. Her sides and backs I embossed with a flower design which gave it a three dimensional look.


I had decided to use the message "Trust Your Heart Song" and had found a whimsical green frog playing a violin that I wanted to incorporate in her design. As the frog was green I decided to make her outfit a combination of green, peach and black/white papers and fabrics. To this I added white outlining and black raised painted dots. I named her Ophelia.

Mary Jane's class doesn't just cover the making of the mixed media art dolls shown above. It also includes information on making mixed media artist trading cards and 3 tiered wood block art dolls. I'm working on those now and will post pictures of them when I'm done.


I thoroughly enjoyed my mixed media art class at Artful Gathering.  Mary Jane Chadbourne is an excellent teacher who provides a tremendous amount of information on her videos as to the different techniques you can use and different forms of mixed media art dolls you can create. I absolutely loved her class. It was a total blast. She's a great teacher and the class provided a lot of fun filled interaction with the rest of the class participants. If you're looking for a great class with a lot of student activity you don't want to miss one of Mary Jane Chadbourne's classes.


Mabel I Won't Cast A Spell - Primitive With Pattern and Handmade Shelf Sitter Doll



"Mabel I Won't Cast A Spell!" can’t decide whether to be a good witch or a bad witch. She’s watched “The Wizard of Oz” so many times your head would spin. And, sometimes, her’s does. She is a witch after all.

Mabel is a free standing primitive witch doll with a cloth body, an embroidered face, and a full head of curly gray. She is wearing a lined cape, dress, fringed scarf, and lined witches hat. “Mabel I Won’t Cast A Spell?” is coffee stained throughout.

There is no confusion with Mabel. She knows she's a witch. In fact, she's a "teasing, taunting witch!" She may or may not cast a spell on her depending upon her mood.  Lucky for us she's in a "Hey, Look At Me! I'A Model!" mood today and a little distracted. Otherwise we'd all be "frozen" in our chairs, literally.


“Mabel I Won’t Cast A Spell?”, 7” Primitive Witch Doll Shelf Sitter Pattern - Stout Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Hazard A Guess What I Am? Primitive Ghost Pattern and Handmade Shelf Sitter Doll



"Hazard A Guess What I Am?" seems to have a bit of a problem in that people are not sure that he's a ghost. Sometimes, he's not even sure himself. He can't understand this confusion because he thinks he's scary at times. He even scares himself.

Hazard is a free standing ghost doll with a cloth body, and an embroidered face with button eyes. He is wearing a vest and multi-colored fringed scarf. “Hazard A Guess What I Am?” is coffee stained throughout.

He's a little confused, but he's not scary. What's up with that? You see, "Hazard A Guess What I Am?" has a problem with his heritage. He isn't even sure he is from a ghostly line.

If you can't tell he's a ghost and his heredity is in question - how is he ever going to know?

Sometimes he looks like a ghost, he feels like a ghost, and he walks like a ghost. But, is he really a ghost?


“Hazard A Guess What I Am?”, 7” Primitive Ghost Shelf Sitter Doll Pattern - Stout Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Monday, July 28, 2014

I Just LOVE The Victorian Era and Victorian Custom Fabric Designs

Victorian Dahlia Flower Fabric 13

Design Size - .8 x .8 in



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Victorian Burgundy Dahlia Fabric 7

Design Size - .8 x .8 in



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Victorian Pastel Water Lilies Fabric 15

Design Size - 1.5 x 1.5 in



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Victorian Burgundy Rose Fabric 8

Design Size - .8 x .8 in



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Victorian Water Lilies Fabric 14

Design Size - 1.0 x 1.0 in



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Victorian Yellow Dahlia Fabric 12

Design Size - .73 x .73 in



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Victorian Blue Rose Fabric 9

Design Size - .73 x .73 in



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Perfect for making doll clothes, home and party decorations, ornaments, pillows, quilts, etc.

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Victorian Silver Rose Fabric 11

Design Size - .73 x .73 in



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Victorian Silver Motifs Fabric 10

Design Size - 1.6 x 1.6 in



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Perfect for making doll clothes, home and party decorations, ornaments, pillows, quilts, etc.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Margaret The Dutiful Farmer's Wife - Adorable Pattern and Handmade Shelf Sitter Doll



Margaret The Dutiful Farmer's Wife believes that she should do everything that she can to help her husband, Peter. So, she always has a home cooked meal ready for him at the end of a hard day of labor and at the beginning of the day so he has enough energy for all the demands of the farm.

Margaret gets up so early in the morning to prepare breakfast for Peter that at the end of the day she is a little tired. Peter understands this and when Margaret falls asleep on the sofa he just lets her sleep. She works so hard. She deserves her rest, too.

 Margaret is a free standing primitive doll with a cloth body and an embroidered face. She is wearing a lace trimmed dress and fringed apron. Her straight brown hair is unruly underneath her lace trimmed bonnet. She is coffee stained throughout and is carrying a pail to milk the cows.


“Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer’s Wife”, 7” Primitive Shelf Sitter Doll Pattern - Stout Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Peter The Primitive Farmer - Adorable Pattern and Handmade Shelf Sitter Doll



Peter The Primitive Farmer believes that every day should be spent working hard and providing for your family. There is nothing like a good hard day of labor.

He gets up in the wee hours of the morning to start working on his farm.

Margaret, being the dutiful farmer's wife that she is, gets up even earlier than her husband. Why? Because she has to prepare his breakfast so he has plenty of energy for working all day.

He is a free standing primitive doll with a cloth body. Peter has an embroidered face and a few strands of straight brown hair. He is wearing his grungiest denims with button decorated pockets and straps, fringed flannel shirt with buttons, flannel lined hat, and red bandanna for all the sweat. He is coffee stained throughout and is carrying a flour sack.


“Peter - The Primitive Farmer”, 7” Primitive Shelf Sitter Doll Pattern - Stout Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Thursday, July 24, 2014

We Have 4 Adorable New Doll Parties Custom Fabric Designs

 Smiling Flowers Collage Fabric

Design Size - 3.0 x 3.0 in



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Hearts Collage Fabric

Design Size - .75 x .75 in



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Party Balloons Fabric

Design Size - 2.0 x 2.0 in


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Party Balloons Blue Fabric

Design Size - 1.6 x 1.6 in



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Perfect for making doll clothes, home and party decorations, ornaments, pillows, quilts, etc.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Check Out Our Newest Cut and Sew Dolls - They're Adorable And So Easy To Make

Peter The Primitive Farmer and His Wife Cut and Sew Ornament Fabric
Design Size -7.21 x 7.21 in

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 Patience Is A Virtue Cut and Sew Ornament Fabric
Design Size -5.25 x 4.06 in

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Brian Snow Buddy Cut and Sew Snowman Doll Ornament

Design Size -5.83 x 4,51 in



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Benjamin Cross My Heart Cut and Sew Snowman Doll Ornament

Design Size -5.83 x 4.51 in



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Isabell Cross My Heart Cut and Sew Snow-lady Doll Ornament

Design Size -5.83 x 4.51 in



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Perfect for making quick and easy cut and sew snowman dolls, favors, decorations, ornaments, softies, etc.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gotta Love Halloween and Halloween Fabrics

 Ghost Collage Fabric

Design Size - 1.6 x 1.6 in



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Witches Collage Fabric

Design Size - 2.0 x 2.0 in



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Jack O Lantern Fabric
Design Size - .73 x .70 in


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 Witches Hat Fabric

Design Size - 1.0 x 1.0 in



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Perfect for making doll clothes, home and party decorations, ornaments, pillows, quilts, etc.

Please CLICK HERE for all the fabric designs in our Holiday Fabric Designs Collection.

Our Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs are available at Spoonflower.com.  All transactions for purchasing fabric are between you (the customer) and Spoonflower.com.

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We hope you like our new fabric designs.

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