Hi Everyone! Linda Kittmer here today.
A while back I was looking for something online when I stumbled across paper doll apps for use on smart phones and tablets. I couldn't believe it! It got me thinking about all the fun I had as a kid, playing with my friends and our paper paper dolls. We spent hours with markers, paint, pencil crayons, paper and glue, and any number of other art supplies, designing and creating our own clothes for those wonderfully simple dolls.
I just can't see an app of a 'virtual' paper doll allowing for the same kind of creative play...and so, this mixed media fibre art piece, called Play Unplugged, began.
I started by finding some copyright free paper doll images and manipulating them in Photoshop to create my own unique doll...the body of one with another one's head, etc. She was then printed onto card stock and strengthened with a layer of Fast2Fuse to give her some extra body. I have some fabulous tissue paper with script on it, so I decided to cover her skin with text using matt medium and a palette knife to adhere it. I then carefully trimmed away the excess using small scissors.
With the paper doll finished and the background ready, it was time to pull out Sue Pelletier's fabulous Loose Dress stencils. I absolutely love these beautiful dresses! I've used all three of the 6 inch stencils, but they're also available in 9" x 12" if you prefer working larger!
I used black acrylic paint and a make-up sponge to print Sue's design on some of my hand dyed cottons. Those were then roughly cut out and attached to some white canvas with fusible webbing. This allowed me to cut them out along the edges of the dress design, adding the white 'paper tabs' that traditional paper doll clothes have.
The text reads: Kids don't need paper doll apps for smart phones and tablets! They need paper and paint and markers and glue. Let them explore their own incredible imagination. Let them design. Let them play unplugged!
The finished piece has been mounted on a pre-stretched canvas.
I hope I've inspired you to explore the use of StencilGirl stencils
in your fibre art and mixed-media work.