Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Bring on the Ruffles!(Bringing a Paper Art Doll to life)

Ooooh where do I start? I'm so excited!

I'm now a design team member for a fabulous new craft blog called Tuesday Alchemy. It's a great new blog that aims to inspire creativity as well as promote handmade artists and crafters and I'm super excited to be a part of the team.

I hope lots of you will join in

Tuesday Alchemy

The first challenge we were set was Ruffles. Well,it just so happens that I've been thinking about making a Paper Art doll with a ruffly skirt for quite some time and thought this was the perfect opportunity. Probably a rather obvious thing to make,a ruffled skirt! but she asked to be made and I couldn't say no.

I thought I would share a little of the process of creating her for anyone that is interested. I always like to see how other people's projects start out and then what they finish up with.


 I had a look through my vintage image CDs and this lady jumped out at me. This particular image is from an 'Enchanted Mercantile' CD .  The creator of which, Petra Wilkinson,sadly passed away a few years ago and the company no longer exists.
I printed two copies out so that I could get a neater look when joining the arms together with the body.

Isadora as she appears originally.

  1. After gluing the picture to cardstock and letting it dry I then cut out the different body parts which I wanted to articulate and pieced them together to make sure they matched up nicely.

2. Next I folded a piece of vintage sheet music ( I love love love using vintage sheet music!) and then cut it to the shape and size I wanted and glued it to the skirt part of the doll.
3. Ruffled vintage lace glued on top of the folded paper layer.

4. Next layer of vintage sheet music stamped and folded ready to cut to size.

5.Stamped and folded sheet music then glued on top of lace layer.

6.  Lastly for the skirt I added a little ruffle of lace on each side of the skirt and then finished it with a final layer of simply folded sheet music.

7. Painted the body parts with shimmery watercolour paints to give her more depth.

8. Added some texture by 'lacing' her corset with embroidery thread.

9. Finally I attached brads to all the body parts and fixed her all together.

10.  I added a piece of vintage sheet music to give a nice finished appearance to her back and glued a small wire hanger to her back as well.

I'm not the greatest at explaining things, but hopefully you've enjoyed seeing how Isadora came to life.  She is now for sale in my Etsy shop -


  1. Isadora is beautiful! This took a lot of work.
    Keep up the great work!

  2. She is wonderful! You must have so much patience....

    1. Thanks Ailsa. I think I'm like most people,I've got infinite patience with some things and hardly any with other things,for me that would include sewing! :o)

  3. Saw this on Pinterest and I love what you have created here. She is adorable. What a fun design. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment Sylvia. I'm so glad you like her. They tend to have a mind of their own and I never quite know how they are going to turn out!