Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Cards

I may not post anything from now til Easter, so HAPPY EASTER! Here are three lovely Easter cards.  The top one is a bit newer, I found it on ebay somewhere. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dionne Quints and handmade clothes

First off, here are the Dionne Quints as drawn by Avis Mac.  These are from 1936 by Whitman.  Each doll came from it's own set (I can tell because the cardboard are all a little different) and also had a joint set called Dionne Quints Wardrobe.  I haven't been able to find many photos of these sets except the cover and a few outfits. My dolls did not come with any clothing... so *dramatic drum roll* I made some!

I made four outfits for each doll (marked with the letter on the tab) a extra pair of shoes, a hat for each doll and some toys and accessories. I based a few outfits on what little I could find from these sets and the others were inspired by other Dionne Quints sets.  I used water color on medium drawing paper (buckled slightly but I think it will iron out).  It was a fun activity and I may do this for some other dolls I have who do not have outfits. 

Some tips: use tracing paper and pencils first, then transfer the design to thicker paper, this will prevent the dolls from having to be near ink or other mediums that may stain; use any medium of choice, like color pencil, oil pastel, water color, crayon, I would not recommend mediums that smug easily like chalk pastels unless you use a sealant or package them in a separate bag away from the dolls; you can also use scrap booking paper, old magazines or catalogs, or wallpaper samples to make clothing (wallpaper samples may not be acid free); you can base your designs on costumes from the set or make up your own clothing; try to avoid drawing skin when possible, this will make it easier to match colors (in this set, it was hard to avoid because I needed tab space); most important, have fun!

I may not post tomorrow also do not plan to post on Easter.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ava Gardner

Here's the lovely Ava Gardner in her paper doll form.  It is a cut set with the folder.  I love the folder, it is designed to look like a jewelry box.  I may be missing items from this set, because there are not many accessories.

Description:celebrity set
Name: Ava Gardner  Date: 1953 Publisher: whitman
Format: scanned set with folder
Condition: cut set with folder

Ratings: Out of 10
Base: 9 lovely dolls, great poses
Clothing: 9 great range of outfits
Accessories: 7 a few accessories, uncut set has more
Cover:  10 lovely folder, jewelry box is very cleaver
Color: 8 good range of color, lots of green and yellow
Shading/Texture: 9 lovely detail and patterns
Overall:8.7 of 10

Monday, March 25, 2013

Happy Easter Paper doll

Here's my Easter paper doll.  I call her Ester, she has 8 outfits, three extra pairs of shoes, and 4 hair accessories along with a chocolate Easter bunny and a rubber duck toy. I included my black and white and color version of this doll.  A few outfits are close, so be careful when cuffing out.  Enjoy!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lottie Paper Dolls

Here's two more Lottie Paper dolls.  Lottie is from the toy company Arklu located in the UK.  These are my February and March Designs. I will probably do one every month.  I used Adobe Photoshop instead of Illustrator and I like the lines a little better.  I keep the dolls simple and do not add a lot of shading. I've included a tiny Lottie wearing the outfit to show how it will look on the doll.  I may be busy for a few days because of extra hours at work.  My next post will be my Easter doll, which I just finished coloring.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Foreign Disney Princess Paper dolls

Here are several sets of Disney Princess Paper Dolls.  Each set had two dolls of the same princess.  No Jasmine that I could find.  I am not sure what country they are from and I don't remember where on the internet I found them. I like the sitting Ariel mermaid doll the best.

Description:foreign  Disney princess sets
Name: unknown  Date: 90s-2000s Publisher: unknown
Format:internet files
Condition: uncut new sets