Friday, December 28, 2012

Sweet Julie Arkell

Well I have managed to completely miss the work of British folk artist, Julie Arkell - probably because she does not appear to have her own blog or website. She is however, prominently featured on other people's blogs, at least one wonderful Pinterest board, and in several online galleries especially Earth Angel Studios.

Most of her art dolls are woodland creatures like rabbits, and humans, made from her trademark paper mache and scraps of reclaimed fabrics embellished with hand embroidery. She also makes pins and other mixed textile small pieces. If you look up whimsical in the dictionary, you will find a picture of any one of her sweet figures, in delicate, slightly faded pastels. Her paper mache makes the text of old books part of the beauty - and you know how much I love text in art. She also hosts workshops and inspires many others to discover the joy of paper mache figures.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Paper Doll Printables

Happy Holidays! Here's a nice gift - Paper Thin Personas - a website with oodles of sweet graphic free paper doll printables for your doll play and mixed media pleasure. There are also some tutorials. There are dolls in full color, dolls in black and white begging to enlivened, dolls that work as magnets.

Also on the blog are articles about antique paper dolls and collecting, and antique reproduction costumes so you can go ahead and get your Jane Austen on too.

And a Happy New Year to all.