Friday, March 22, 2013

A Page & a Paper Doll

I was looking thru old magazines & found this image of a little girl pouting. She was just adorable. This grungy blue page had been left untouched in my journal because I liked it too much to use for anything (one of the hazards of using pretty paper!).  So I'm glad I finally used it!  I wrote the words using my left hand (I'm right handed) so that the handwriting would look like a little kids. I know it's not very fancy, but it is one of my favourite pages :)

I've had a sudden "art craving" lately- does anyone  else get those? lol I've been wanting to make dolls... paper dolls & art dolls & ragdolls & little stuffed monster plushies! It's not  something I've really done much. When I was about 10 I used to make little 3-D paper houses & two sided paper dolls. I don't remember how to do the houes... but the dolls were pretty simple.

Ta-da! The first paper doll I've made in a long while!
Her dress is made from scraps of patterned & drawing paper & a ribbon for the sash. Her body is recycled  pages I tore out of my altered book journal.


lol I remember that my classmates thought it was very odd that my paper dolls had two sides... 

I think she is quite pretty & have named her Allie :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Charlie & Audrey- doodle style!

I was having a little Charlie Chaplin marathon awhile back, and got the idea to do a portrait of him in my zombie-doodle-style.

 I am usually not very good at drawing men.. lol But I think I did Charlie justice :)

 And I did another little Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired doodle. (cuz it's my favourite movie!)

I did a Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.. but I was not happy with it. 

I am thinking I might do some ACEOs for my shop like this.. maybe make them like little movie posters. :) What do you think? 

Sunday, March 3, 2013


I had a little problem with my calendar for this month.

See, what I have been doing is making my calendars on separate sheets of paper & then adding them into my notebook. Usually by folding them in half & taping them into the binding.

But over time I have added A LOT of pages this way, and the poor little book is getting overstuffed. I am only a little bit more than half way thru it, & the pages towards the back are starting to roll under. So I need to knock that off.

None of the 2 page spreads I had already bound in the book would have worked very well for the calendar. what I ended up doing was a little single page calendar, about half the size of my others.

I started out with a watercolour rainbow again. Altho, this one is a TRUE rainbow- with primary colours & everything lol.  I inked the edges with a black ink pad, but I wanted a sharper contrast between the colours & the black.. So I went over the edges again w/ some glossy black acrylic, & added some paint splatters as well.

I did the word "March" using my improvised stencils :)

The squares about about half as big as my usually ones, and I still had to re-arrange them several times to get them all to fit >.>

I highlighted the dates for each week w/ a different colour. The rows didn't really line up, so the colours help me keep them straight (I hate when I end up writing on the wrong square!)

Despite the fact that it is a mini calendar, I ended up quite liking it except for one teensy little thing...


I use my online calendar as a guide when I make these, and somehow I didn't notice that it was set so the weeks start on Sunday.  I ALWAYS set it to start on Mondays.. I hate having my weekends wrap around. >.<   bah!