Art doll made from paper clay
I thought it might be interesting to share the story of how some of my new stamp designs for Stampotique originals came about and today I'm going to sure the story of 'Queen of everything'.
I have long had a bit of an obsession with art dolls - the weirder the better! My daughter used to make lots of wooden spoon dolls and it always brought back lots of memories of making them myself as a child. Oh yes, the satisfaction of sticking the eyes on and a bit of wool for the hair! And then those dolls really came to life. But what I really liked about them was their unique wooden spoon shape ... that long neck ... that oval face!
A couple of years ago I started making art dolls from paper clay and dressing them in scraps of vintage fabric ... subconsciously the shape was rather similar to those old wooden spoon dolls ...
In my Art Doodle Love book by Dawn Sokol (which is my favourite place for sketching and practising) I tried to draw similar shaped doll faces. As you can see it took me a few attempts to get it right. In these early attempts the proportions of the face are all wrong:
But then it got a bit better! Try and try again .... And I decided to add the hair slightly differently ... in the style of Leia (Star Wars) although this was very much influenced by Dina Wakley who used to add this style of hair a lot in her drawn faces.
And then wooden spoon doll became part of a much larger doodle in my book:
And from that I added her to various other projects such as an altered matchbox ...
And a mini journal page:
And that's how things evolve! Generally speaking I'm not afraid of getting things wrong, I'm quite happy to try again, and try again. Mistakes are the proof that you're trying, right?!
If you want to see how the stamp turned out in the end have a look *here*!
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