The Story of an Art Doll: The Face and Body

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From time to time I like to challenge myself by creating new ways to use my favorite fabric embellishing techniques. For this project I chose to make an art doll which is something a little out of the ordinary for me.
I chose not to draw or paint a face mainly because I’m not all that good at drawing faces. Instead I found a black and white clipart image of a woman’s face. I really liked her facial expression – very serene with just a touch of sassiness. So I photoshopped out everything except the main features of her face …
Art Doll Face
… and then printed the face onto a piece of muslin.
Art Doll Face
I then cut out the body shape of the doll which is very basic because she’s really just going to be used to show off her beautiful embellished clothes.
Art Doll Face
Then I sewed her, stuffed her, and added arms and legs. Yikes, she looks like ET in a Halloween mask.
Art Doll Face
Ahh there, she just needed some hair which is made from some beautiful decorative yarn. She’s looking much better now. I like her wild reddish hair but I’m not sure what sort of a “do” I’ll give her yet, so check back in a few days after she’s visited the hairdresser. She should have the beginnings of some clothes by then also.
Art Doll Face
Next: The Story of an Art Doll: The Fabric

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5 thoughts on “The Story of an Art Doll: The Face and Body”

  1. Oh, I just love her, but I really got my laugh of the day from your “ET in a halloweedn mask comment. Lynne

  2. Linda
    You have given me new hope in making a doll to dress. I too am no artist when it comes to drawing and love the way you did the face.
    I think I may try this myself. Thanks for all your great ideas that you share with us. You are very generous.
    thanks
    FredaB

  3. Good luck Freda, I’m sure you can do it! It took a couple of tries to get it right, but it was quite easy in the end – if you don’t mind the scary body bits of course 😉
    Linda

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