Saturday 12 March 2016

2016 #5 Art Fairy {by Alison Hall}

 2016 Topic 5: Art Dolls
Hi everyone, Alison the Craftytrog here.
Tonight I'd like to share with you a post about making an art fairy using Stampbord, which is a white clay coated board made by Ampersand, and mixing and matching various PaperArtsy Ink and the Dog stamps. These little A6 sets of stamps are PaperArtsy's originals, and I just love all the quirky images in them. I have a huge box of them!
I adore making art dolls. It's so fun picking different images to use as faces, bodies, and making limbs with whatever you fancy...chains, beads, keys etc. Stampbord is a great surface to stamp on, and takes all kinds of ink and paint really well, and it works perfectly for this kind of project.
Step One: I started by cutting some paper templates for the Stampbord pieces, and stamping my chosen images. I just wanted to see how they would work together before I started painting and stamping for real. 
Step Two: Next, I painted the Stampbord pieces with Fresco Finish PaintI've used a 1" and 2" square piece of Stampbord. 

I used Blush for the 1" piece, as a base for the face, then Caribbean Sea and Captain Peacock for the 2" 'body' piece. I also painted some pieces of Smoothy Card with Blush, and some contrasting colours of Tango and London Bus. These are for the hat, wings and numbers on the body and feet. 

I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the face from Ink and the Dogs Kids Plate 6, the hat and game piece numbers from Pierrot Plate 2, the winged clock from Eclectic Plate 4, and the tape measure from Clocks Plate 5. I used the edges of the clock's wings to stamp a little collar for my fairy. I inked up the edges of the Stampbord pieces with Jet Black Archival Ink.

 Kids Plate 6
Pierrot Plate 2
Step Three: I used Tim Holtz Word Bands to make some legs for my fairy, rubbing some Caribbean Sea Fresco Finish Paint into the words, then wiping it back. I used Tim Holtz Type Charms to make some feet, punching out the stamped game pieces and gluing them into the charms. 

I punched two holes in the fairy's 'body' with a Crop-A-Dile, and attached the 'legs' and 'feet' with jump rings. 

Clocks Plate 5.

Step Four: I used a running stitch to ruche up a piece of gold organza to make a cape for my fairy. I bought this fabric from PaperArtsy at a show way back when!

Step Five: I cut out the Blush coloured wings and 'collar', and punched out some of the Tango/London Bus clock numbers, and glued these to the body with Glossy Accents. I attached the head to the body with Glossy Accents, and glued on the hat. 

I punched two holes in the top of the body, and threaded some ball chain through, then attached the organza cape to the back of the fairy using a glue gun. To finish, I added a little colour to my fairy's cheeks by mixing a little London Bus into some Blush, then using a cotton bud to dab it on.

Eclectic Plate 4
I hope I've inspired you to delve into your stamp sets and make a quirky little art fairy for yourself. If you don't have any Stampbord, you could just cut some squares, or whatever shape you fancy, from thick board or wood, then base-coat it with Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint. Have a look in your embellishment box, and find something unusual to make arms, legs, or wings. If you're a better seamstress than me, you could even whip up a little outfit for your fairy.

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison xxx

Blog: Craftytrog's Inky Adventures
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Thanks Alison, stampbord is an underused substrate, so pleased to see it being used. It takes colour really well and is deliciously smooth for stamping. Your little fairy is fabulous, i love her dangly legs.Ink and the Dog stamps are bursting with images just perfect for Art Dolls. ~Darcy 

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Helen said...

oh Alison, this is lovely - so clever! I love the choice of stamps you used too.

Kaz said...

Oh this is so fab Alison, love all the different elements, just brilliant!

craftimamma said...

What a fun doll Alison. I love Stamp bird and it's made a great base to build your doll from. Great idea for the legs & feet.

Lesley Xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is great, Alison, love how you've pulled the different elements and stamps together,

Lucy x

Deborah Wainwright said...

Oh Alison she is such fun, love love love her. What a fab way to create a doll, and yes I am inspired to make one, she would look lovely in my craft room lol. Have to wait till I get home though hugs Debs xx

Julie Lee said...

Love this quirky little character, Alison! She is right up my street! You've been so inspired in the use of Ink and the Dog stamps too! I love those, they're the first PA stamps I ever bought and they're so individual! Great colour choices too! xx

Craftyfield said...

Serious lateral thinking when choosing the Ideology words as legs! Your doll is quirky,but so creative Alison!

Unknown said...

Amazing - just amazing. What an imagination you have Alison. SUPER FINE art doll in every way! j.

Lauren Hatwell said...

So fab Alison. Really amazing. Lx

PaperArtsy said...

Ohhh you've drummed up lots of fab stamps in that make Ali-bobs! Love it!!

Fliss said...

This is a real stunner Alison! So creative and colourful too.
Fliss xx

Etsuko said...

What a lovely Fairy Doll Alison, fab idea of the different elements you have used. I love the Ink and Dog stamps.

CastleKelly Crafts said...

Alison she's fab, love all the different elements, everything works soo well together. Must set to and finish my 'Dolly' X

Miriam said...

Such a lovely art doll Alison - simply fabulous!

suzyb said...

Nice work Alison. Love the art dolls. You can do soooo much with them, and some things that you would never try together actually works! Love the mixed media sort of things!
Thanks for sharing with us
Victoria, BC

Marjie Kemper said...

I love art dolls and yours is fantastic. Love the stamps, too.

Kirsten said...

You've used the different stamps brillianty, Alison, I think she's fab.