The humble matchbox. It's a great place to start for many creative projects. They are also super cool to collect. Lots of collectors share the artwork, which can be used in collages. Inside a tiny box are limitless opportunities for creative expression.
I decided to make a custom sized matchbox to fit one of my chosen stamps, the butterfly from PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella stamp set 45 (LPC045). The box is a simple construction. I measured my stamp then added one inch to each side and cut a panel this size. I scored at 1/2" and 1" all around then cut away the excess as shown.
I blended with my smallest brayer, starting with the blues then rubbing over the Caramel, taking care not to over mix the colors.
I went ahead and gel printed the back of my sheet of watercolor paper, following the same process, so the back of my doll would have some interest. Then I stamped the other side with images from PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella stamp sets 29 and 4 (LPC029) and (LPC042). I had a fun time watercoloring the images and picking out the elements to rearrange as my dolls.
Those bees made a great backdrop for the other layered elements. I used a circle punch to add one of the girl faces atop of the other face for this doll.
This was one of those projects where I questioned where I was headed mid-process, but I stayed the course and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.