Today sees the final Somerset Art Gal being shared.
Once again, the same stamp companies:- Character Constructions for all the paper doll elements, including the bodice and skirt. The words dangling from her wrist are from Darkroom Door Creative Word Block and the stamps appearing on the outsize wooden peg are Redlead Paperworks. The paints are PaperArtsy Fresco Finish (available from That’s Crafty)
This Art Gal does not believe in a minimal approach. She is happiest with her many paintbrushes surrounding her.
Personally, I’ve never liked tattoos but when I was inking up (no pun intended!) the paper dolls, onto some lovely vintage French receipt paper, I thought it would bring a fun twist to incorporate the script, as though it were tattoos. With tattoos being popular amongst artists, it just seemed cool to do this. This Art Gals is into her tattoos in a big way!
It just so happened I had Frescos in colours that worked perfectly with the colours of the Somerset Studio Artist Paper. I like nothing more than when I can make something my own and not only that, the finger painted mark making also brought texture to the paper.
You can just about make out the paint and stamping on the outsize wooden peg.
Thank you for your visits to the Somerset Art Gal. They were great fun to make. They were time intensive but somehow, that was okay, enjoying the process of making the Artist Papers my own, creating the characters of the dolls with the individual stamps but poor fingers are not happiest when having such a big fussy cutting session!
There will be new Character Constructions stamps available any day now – it’s possible they will be available by the time this post goes live – The Daisy Blue Collection. For many, resistance will be futile!
17 Feb 2017 4 Comments
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15 Feb 2017 7 Comments
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A picture is a poem without words
Somerset Art Gal No. 2 being shared today.
Paperdoll stamps – Character Constructions
Art related words – Darkroom Door
Stamps on wooden peg – Redlead Paperworks
She has a “don’t mess with me” stare to her eye so don’t even try asking if you can use her favourite paint colour,
unless you are prepared to prise them out of her grasp!
She loves to customise her clothing. Here she’s added fingertip spots to her skirt, dipping her fingers into paint.
She is so cool and confident, never one to shy away, so she will happily declare herself to be artistic.
Somehow she manages to pull this look off – girly bows and lace and stripy/dotty leggings – yes, this girl knows her own self and she is running with it!
Did you spy the tattoo she has on her foot?!
Thank you so much for your visit. I hope the Somerset Art Gals have brought some cheer.
13 Feb 2017 7 Comments
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Trying to catch-up with projects from last year so I thought I would share my Somerset Art Gals.
This is the Art Gals as they stand side-by-side but I thought it fun to share each Art Gal in detail so I’ve drafted one post a day for three days.
They were published as an article in Somerset Studio Sept/Oct 2016
Paper doll elements – Character Constructions stamps
Art Related Words, Paintbrushes, Paint tubes and Pencils – Darkroom Door
Stamps on outsize wooden peg – Redlead Paperworks
If you read Stampington & Co magazines, you will know they include Artist Papers, quality papers. In all the years I’ve read their magazines, this was only the third time I’d used the papers. I always wanted to save the papers within the magazines and also, I rarely use pattern papers, enjoying making my own backgrounds or my real love – any found papers.
On an absolute whim – which came about when I thought of turning some Character Constructions paper doll stamps into artists, I had the idea that a vibrant Artist Paper was what they needed, with me adding my own touches with Fresco Finish paint, to make the paper my own.
They were never going to only be paper dolls, each Art Gal is attached to a huge wooden peg, this enables the dolls to be free standing but also a place for creative notes to be attached, To Do List or a collection of favourite quotes. I don’t have their dimensions but they are tall.
All Art Gals should wear a beret, especially with Parisian polka dots (paint pen), adorned with vintage trims.
She is a messy one, with smudges of paint on her face. I think we can all relate!
Her brushes are well used but that doesn’t mean they are not much loved – she just never seems to be able to keep her tools pristine.
She doesn’t believe herself to be an artist, much more comfortable with the term crafter but maybe, one day, she will view herself differently.
Thank you for the time you spend here, I appreciate your time is precious.
Have a wonderful week and I’ll return soon with the other Somerset Art Gals.
28 Dec 2016 14 Comments
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This post features a trio of snowflake angels which appear in the Autumn issue of The Stampers’ Sampler – squeezing them in here, before the end of the year, really should have shared them before now!
This is quite photo heavy but will be short on words…that’s a first!
The trio gathered together – each doll approx 4.5″ x 8″
Other than the little labels with a festive sentiment, all stamps are Character Constructions and available HERE. Catherine Moore ships to the U.K. otherwise I think it is almost impossible to source them here.
Each angel consists of many stamps, so they are not quick makes but once you give yourself over to them, they are such fun to stamp, assemble and then adorn. For all the paper dolls, I painted papers/cardstock.She has such a wonderfully sweet face.ICE Resin brings a wonderful dimension to the wings, with the merest hint of glitter.
The crinoline stamp is a huge favourite of mine, for the angels I dressed it up further with layers of tulle or vintage lace.Glad Tidings.The colours are subtle, a very pale blue with hints of silver.Snowflake WishesEach has sheer ribbon as a hanging mechanism so they could be displayed on a Christmas tree or door handle or arranged along a mantle.She hands out snowflake wishes to passersby on a winter day.
Catherine Moore’s beautiful stamps allowed me to have fun. One of the joys of 2016 has been working with her stamps and the honour of being on Catherine’s D.T.
January 1st is looming upon us but I will try and share at least one more blog post before the end of the year comes calling.
24 Oct 2016 16 Comments
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I am sharing a trio of kindly witches, they do not mean you any harm.
The trio are still bubbling over with the excitement of making an appearance in Somerset Studio (Sep/Oct issue). They are aware that if it were not for some generous people, they would not have the opportunity to make this appearance so shout-outs to Catherine Moore Character Constructions, Redlead Paperworks and Oxford Impressions along with a thank you to Anne Redfern who kindly gifted me some pumpkin die-cuts.
Character Constructions stamps
Oxford Impressions stamps
Redlead Paperworks – Halloween Collage Sheet Skirts
Calico Craft Parts – Bats
Height 10″ approx
To add interest to the wings I scribbled Halloween related words. A lace rose painted for it to co-ordinate and a scrap of stained seam binding tied at her waist.BOO is an Oxford Impressions stamp which I decided to form into a flag banner, her pet bat catches a free ride by clinging to the banner!Each witch perches atop a spool. I should mention that the skirts for each witch, they are available from Redlead Paperworks, all links at top of post.No. 2
This time the hat was made in the same way as the wings, drawn free hand before cutting and scribbling Halloween related words.
A Calico Craft Parts MDF bat becomes a pendant for her to wear.She clutches a pumpkin in her hand.The final witch. All the faces, arms and torso were stamped onto stained cardstock.Another pumpkin with another MDF bat making an appearance.
None of the dolls are articulated but I do like to angle the arms, it brings more character to the paper dolls by doing so.Thank you for your visit to this post. I hope to share some more drafted posts throughout this week, a mixture of projects.
09 Jun 2016 14 Comments
Let us catch-up with Mimi.
In the month of May, Mimi took the time to help a sweet person celebrate her day, Betty. For Mimi, this was the perfect opportunity to dress up in her finest and don her straw boater.
Mimi has been in a creative mood of late. Since the arrival of Springtime, she has found herself searching through her wardrobe, looking for pieces to be titivated.A straw boater, which really had seen better days, was calling out for a little make-over, so, with a nose tickling feather and cluster of fabric flowers, Mimi brought some life back into an old favourite.
Of course, she was having so much fun she could not stop at brightening up only the boater. She could not resist snipping off the buttons from the bodice of her dress, instead replacing them with some rhinestone buttons. Now, this outfit would be most celebratory for when she greeted her friend. A sweet yellow primrose fabric flower to adorn the bow on the bodice and why stop there, what about some puffy lace to the sleeves.Gosh! Look at the time. Mimi grabs the book she bought for Betty, a beautiful edition of Little Women and a bouquet of delicately scented flowers from Mimi’s window box.Oops! I do get carried away with those paper dolls!!!
Mimi was made as an alternative to a birthday card for my dear Mum. I have been sharing the outcome of completed paper dolls with my Mum so thought it would be nice to finally make one for her.
The stamps are all Character Constructions and are available from HERE, shipping worldwide.If any of you are interested in the individual stamps I inked up to complete this paper doll, then please contact me and I can provide all the details. Eleven individual stamps in total, form Mimi, from head to toe.
Many thanks for your visit to this post as I always appreciate your visits and comments.
25 Apr 2016 20 Comments
Another Character Constructions paper doll, created with the Paris Flea collection.
I think her face is adorable and the name Mimi popped into my head so from now on, to me she will be known as Mimi. I don’t know if I should be concerned for my sanity as I find when I create these paper dolls, their characters emerge. It is fascinating that the placement of legs can make them appear to be sassy, elegant, coy, etc.
I hope it shows that I am having fun with the Character Constructions stamps because I certainly am.Mimi with the coquettish smile.
To give you an idea of the stamps used to form Mimi, the individual stamps, all from Paris Flea are the beret, which I couldn’t resist adorning with lace. Then the face, arms and upper body is one whole stamp.
Mimi wears her favourite pearl ear-rings, a gift from her Papa.An old fashioned girl at heart, Mimi embraces the art of letter writingwith a fountain pen, naturally.Lace to trim the hem of her skirt.
Have a wonderful week and many thanks for your visits. I will try and catch-up with you very soon.