My whole life is an experiment . . . sometimes I get surprising results. - C Erdmann

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mixed Media Art Dolls

Knowing I was going to be having coffee last Friday with a very good friend, Ro from Luvly Bears, after not having seen her for a while, I had to quickly decide on something to make her for her birthday which had been back in February!
I then had to just as quickly make it in just over one day!! Note to ready for friends' future birthdays!  ;)
So up until this morning my work tops have looked like a cyclone has been living on them!  :)

So, inspired by a piece by Robin Dudley-Howes, I decided on an art doll made from a lovely vintage porcelaine doll body. I say body because she had no arms or legs!
But I think she came up really well and fitted in well with the style.

 I parted with some gorgeous pieces of vintage bling that I had been coveting hoarding holding for just the right project to use them on....her crown and breast piece.
The metal piece of door hardware fitted in well as a whimsical wing piece.
Sorry about the skinny arms Ro, but they don't look too bad do they? They sort of fit in with the whimsical-ness of the piece...sort of...

The dress I made from sari silk and a gorgeous piece of antique lace that I was given many years ago.
I used a person sized locket that had actually been my own, that I bought when I was in my late teens. It can hold mementos inside so I used wee pieces of vintage lace.

After having so much fun making this one I decided I should make another one to sell.
This one is a bit different in that it doesn't have wings and is tied to a lovely old cover from a book that was over 100 yrs old!
I've wired an old bronze key to the top of the cover.

 Now this one was just the head that I was thinking was a frozen charlotte doll but I'm not sure she is actually. But I had to make a bit of a body to attach the head to so that I could then have something to hang the clothing from.

 This one is done in a pearl theme rather than bling and I'm very pleased with the outcome.

Her skirts are made up of netting under a dainty vintage hanky, under a beautiful strip of vintage lace.
She ended up about 10" long!

I'll be listing her in my Etsy store later this afternoon.
Thank you Robin!  ♥

and remember...

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.  ~  Sylvia Plath


  1. Pam, They are fantastic! I love the clothes and the other special pieces of pearls and or bling. The added arms look great with the dress. Hugs, Linda

  2. Hello Pam
    Your adorned dolls are so gorgeous! Beautiful details, fabrics, laces and bling.
    Such attention to detail.
    x Suzy

  3. They are beautiful Pam. Not sure which one I like best, pearly or blingy. Can't decide. Well done you.


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