I mentioned that after my first Monster High Doll repaint, I had become addicted and immediately was flooded with ideas for future dolls. I wanted to do a doll where I altered the hair next. A lot of re-painters remove the hair entirely and use doll wigs, but for now I want to focus on using supplies I already have in my bountiful storage. This Draculara doll’s hair was a big ‘ol mess, practically beyond saving. I’d been wanting to do a doll with short hair, so she fit the bill perfectly.
After I’d taken her hair out of it’s ponytail, I took a deep breath and started chopping. I was never one to cut my dolls’ hair as a child, being very protective of them and keeping them in as pristine condition as possible, so this was a bit painful but I knew it was for art’s sake ;). Once I combed the remaining hair out, I was left with mostly the pink with spikes of black in between. I used fray check to mold the hair into the style I desired.
The perfect feather shapes were cut from the leftover fabric of a dress I made years ago (With tons of help from Mom. I am not a sewer.), using a funky vintage pattern from the 70s. I have a bit of what has always been lovingly referred to in my family as “tactile stress”, and so I never ended up wearing this dress a ton because the elastic wrists and extra fabric flopping around on the sleeves irritated the living hell out of me. I ended up eventually selling it to a very excited new owner, sans clothing neurosis.
I left the original skirt underneath for volume, and layered fabric feather shapes with synthetic feathers underneath, accenting with tiny crystals here and there. There are also feathers embedded into her hair, on her shoes, and hanging from her ears as earrings. Her original face was removed with acetone, and her new face was painted with both metallic and matte acrylics blended with matte medium. I used a gloss medium over the eyes and lips to give them a wet look. Her eyes are also circled with crystals, and a feather pattern grows from her hair onto the side of her face. Her tiny nails and toes are painted to match her lipstick. I’m really digging the 80s rocker /slash/ anthropomorphic bird-human hybrid look this little lady has going on.
I also have one of the werewolf (Clawdeen) dolls, and I am pretty sure my next doll is going to be an Egyptian cat deity, so look out!
These dolls and other fun creative objects can be found in my ebay shop! Here’s to (literally) making new friends!
I have waxed poetic about my love of paper dolls in the past, and am happy to announce the first new member to my squad in a couple of years.
Following the traditional format of my other paper doll pages, Kady comes wearing a swimsuit with accessories that include an animal companion, a dressy outfit, a casual outfit, a jacket, and an outfit having to do with a profession or hobby. My girls have run the gamut from astronaut, to scientist, to artist, to baker, and athlete … presidential candidate was the obvious next move :). Kady 2020!
Since a lot of the fun is sharing clothes with other dolls, I am currently working on a second doll who uses a wheelchair as well that Kady will be able to swap clothes with, named Isla. Isla will come with some fun fantasy based outfits such as a fairy and princess costume, and may or may not have a pet dragon named Electra in tow ;).
What I always loved about dolls as a kid, be they paper dolls or Barbies, was having dolls that all looked completely different from each other so that each was their own unique character with their own backstory, interests, and personality when I played out my epic imaginative tales. I want to continue expanding my collection so that everyone can have a doll that looks like them, but also a bunch that don’t!
All of my paper doll sets are available at a brick and mortar location inside Imagine That! in downtown Midland MI for those in the area, and also online in my Ebay Store.
I’ve been working on a lot of commissions lately. Some of the requests are meant to be surprise gifts for others so I can’t post them here as of yet, but I can show you one of the most fun special request projects I’ve had in awhile. I met a cool girl on ebay who likes to collect unique autographs and self portraits of her favorite independent artists, which is an awesome idea. I was quite honored to be included in her collection. She asked for a self-portrait plushy in the similar style of a vampire doll I’d had for sale around Halloween time that she’d purchased, and an ACEO drawn self portrait of me as a vampire or princess or something fantasy-esque. Had to stick with the earlier established theme :).
I’m jealous of my little feltling’s outfit.
I look way too happy to be a vampire. Or perhaps that’s even more disconcerting…
I also recently opened a Society6 store. They are very similar to Redbubble and Zazzle, but still have some different products that they offer so I figured why not cover all the bases? I also found their prices to be super reasonable for the art appreciator, which is good news. New fun things not available before include the following:
All-Over Print Shirts!
It gets a little confusing with all these different print to order shops that are similar but different, so I also opened a Wanelo page that archives my most popular prints, stationary, home decor, and fashion items in an organized fashion with links to specific items by type, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. I should have more new work to show very soon, later friends!