This figure -- okay, some might call it a paper doll, but it's much more artsy to say "poseable figure" -- will be part of a larger ocean-themed mixed media work that I'll be creating over the next few weeks. But you can do all kinds of things with this figure on its own: create several from a template to pose on a background, embellish in many different ways, or yes, even make some pretty clothes and dress it up.
What you need
- art doll template
- acetate (I used Magic Scraps Clearly Creative Clear Colors in blue)
- 1/8 inch hole punch
- craft glue stick
- brads (I used Tim Holtz Idea-ology mini fasteners)
- alcohol inks, alcohol ink applicator, and applicator felt (Tim Holtz Adirondack)
|What you need, clockwise from left: cardstock, brads, hole punch, scissors, pencil, acetate, craft glue stick, alcohol ink applicator with felt, alcohol inks|
Let's get started.
Step 1: Make a template
Enchanted Gallery has a lovely art doll template you can use. Because I wanted my figure to be facing sideways so I could pose it sitting down, I cut out the parts of the template, traced around them onto cardstock, and then, pencil and eraser in hand, modified it for a sideways pose. I'll try to re-create that template and post it up here in PDF when I get a chance.
|Art doll template, modified for a sideways pose|
|Test run just with cardstock|
|Gluing the cardstock down.|
|Body parts flying everywhere|
Ink the applicator felt with your chosen ink colors. I used an ocean-themed mix of Denim, Stream, and Lettuce inks. Let your first application dry (it just takes a few minutes), and then re-ink again with your color mix to create this nicely saturated look.
|Inking with alchol inks. Ink the body parts on top of freezer paper or a craft sheet, because ink gets everywhere.|
|Poor thing is a little deformed. The torso's too long, the legs are too thick, the neck is too wide and not in the right location, and the hands aren't at the right angle.|
|The final figure|
And, you can see the figure in the finished sea-themed painting in Week 11: Sea Joy.