Playing with Art dolls

Do you play with Art dolls? To me it is a relatively new type of artwork.

There are two more Art dolls I wanted to share with you. They both were created for the SWAP at atcsforall.com and made as collectible art. These Dolls had to be made from paper and as flat as possible for easier shipping as a Mail art.

How I did it?

Step 1. I had to create the characters, so I sketched them and painted with acrylics (full size is around 12″ tall) in my sketch book.

Step 2. I sketched every part of the body on a sturdy card board, following my painting.

I use recycling materials as much as I can. The cardboard for the dolls’ structure – cereal boxes.

Step 3. I cut out every part of the body, put it together to make sure the movable parts will not distort the body or show undesirable parts (like top of the legs under the skirt). I made sure, that every body part had enough space or additional length for connecting joints.

Step 4. I painted all body parts with black gesso from the back to give it a finished look.

Step 5. With acrylic paint I painted the front of each body part, following my painted sketch.

Step 6. When all parts were dry and ready to assemble, I put them all in places , pocked the holls for the brads with an owl, and attached all parts.

Step 6. Making accessories. Kite is painted from the back with black gesso, on the front I adhered a piece of fabric using acrilic gel medium. A piece of coper wire (recycled, too) I threaded throug the kite and the hand of the Boy doll (I pocked holls with the awl and bent the wire as flat as possible with plyers).

For the Gardener I made watering can (painted with black gesso on the back side, with acrylics on the front) and attached it with tiny pieces of hook-n-loop to the doll’s hands.

Hat is cut out from the piece of scrapbooking paper, adhered to the cardboard. Slit is cut out for placement.

First is an Art doll – a Boy with kite. All joints are movable, connected with mini metal brads.

Art Doll Boy

Next Art doll – Casual gardener.

All joints are made the same way, they are moving and connected with metal brads. Watering can is detachable .The hat is also removable.

Art Doll Gardener

It was a time consuming process, but it was fun!

About Artfully imperfect

Oksana Tepp was born in Ukraine. Currently resides in USA, Washington state. Married, mother of three sons. Native Russian speaker. Russian Language Instructor and translator/interpreter by former education/profession. Full time mixed media artist since 2010.
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One Response to Playing with Art dolls

  1. LindyLu says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial. I love making art dolls from painted fabric, beads,wire, etc. I will definitely try these as well!

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