Good Morning Creatives!!
If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you are missing out! It is a magical world of fairies, ballerinas, court jesters and princesses. What is truly magical about this book is the versatility! You can mix and match the paper doll clothing and the sceneries. There are also pages that are pre-colored and some that are “coloring book” style so you can personalize it to your needs.
When I was flipping through the book, I fell in love with all of the dolls and their clothes. I decided to mix-and-match my character by printing out the fairy body and adding clothes from the ballerina section.
To start with, I printed out my pages on watercolor paper. This gives my paper doll some strength and keeps her from being “floppy.”
You can also see that I printed out the fairy background in the “coloring book” style. I wanted to have a little fun and paint it up!
Now it was time to go back to my fussy-cutting, scrapbooking roots.
You can see that you have some options for the legs. You can either have a stationary slippered foot or you can use the 2-part foot to allow for more movement. I chose the 2-part for my ballerina fairy!
After I cut all my pieces out I assembled my paper doll with the smallest brads I could find at Hobby Lobby. To make my holes and keep them small, I used a large gauge needle to poke through my paper on to a scrap piece of foam.
Although my paper doll looks adorable as she is, she couldn’t just go flying around in her skivvies. It was time to get her prettied up!
I chose the red Ballerina dress and the angel wings from the same chapter. The book also includes accessories, so I was able to give my paper doll a matching hair flower. To attach them, I simply used a hot glue gun.
Setting the Scene
I wanted my background to be as bright and vibrant as my fairy, so I used my Derwent Intense blocks to paint it. Derwent Inktense blocks are great because you use watercolors by dabbing a brush right on the block or by coloring your picture with water and then activating it with a brush. The difference between Inktense and watercolors is that once dry, Inktense blocks are permanent and can’t be reactivated with other mediums or water.
Here is another look at the finished product!
So you can truly see how MAGICAL she is, I made a quick little video to show my moving arms and legs.
You can make this project and so many more by purchasing Rita’s Magical Theatre Book…now available in digital AND print!!
I hope you enjoyed today’s project and it inspires you to check out Rita’s Book Magical Theatre and get started making our own magical world of paper dolls.
Until next time,
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