Thursday, March 5, 2020

Making Paper Dolls

My journal for swap number 8 is called Paper Dolls... its all about characters made out of paper, fabrics, scraps, anything - creating a book of friends. 
I've started off with making a book from another book... Dina Wakley's first multi-surface art journal that had pages made of brown hessian (burlap), watercolour paper, brown kraft paper and cotton cloth, I've only used the watercolour paper for the inner pages but it still smells like hessian!

image for the paper dolls journal of mixed media artwork by Jenny James using Tim Holtz and Dylusions art supplies
The cover is made of the kraft pages, with shop bought handmade paper, hessian, scraps of hessian, and a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Found Relatives Card of a little girl with her own dolly!

sharing paper dolls
Inside the front cover is the contract, posting order and a pocket with more Tim Holtz treasures (cos you all know I'm Tim nutty! lol), a gathering of Tim's Idea-Ology Paper Dolls. I've written a note on a Tim's Idea-Ology Journaling Card to remind you to take 1 or 3, keep and save for another day, share them with a friend, add to your page, or write on the back like a tag. Whatever and however you wish!

close up of mixed media artwork by Jenny James using Tim Holtz and Dylusions art supplies
My page itself was created with Dylusions acrylic paint (surprise, its green... you wouldn't believe me if I said I tried using a different colour! lol), various stencils (Tim's, Dyan's and Darkroom Door's), Tim's stamps, Tim's Distress Inks, Tim's gel matte medium (sorry, couldn't resist, lol :) its actually Ranger's), bit of cheesecloth,  and other bits and pieces.
The tiny fairy was originally bought to decorate a birthday cake years ago. I've snapped off her nano skewer (toothpick), trimmed off her paper wings, gave her beautiful Idea-Ology Transparent Wings and glued her down so she couldn't escape.

paper dolls themed mixed media artwork by Jenny James using Tim Holtz and Dylusions art supplies
I then set her to work on creating a paper doll dress. She's using a real embroidery needle with sparkly embroidery metallic thread. I glued the needle with Aleene's Jewel-It  embellishment glue, to make sure it doesn't get loose as its super sharp.
The message, Believe you can and you are halfway there, is perfect for both the fairy and all of us. The tape measure is actually ribbon, Tim's Idea-Ology Measuring Tape Trimmings.
A few days later, I had a fab idea, use one of Tim's Paper Dolls instead of the fairy! Next time :)
The last thing added was glitter glue... Ranger's Stickles in Stardust, sparkly shimmery goodness! Everywhere!

Hope this lil fairy and her page made you smile!
Have a happy creative day!

πŸΈπŸ’šπŸŽ¨ Art by Jenny,


  1. Ooh this is going to be such fun! Love your page Jenny!

  2. Wonderful Jenny...wish I could see it irl😊

  3. Oh my, could have told that story without reading a word... Wonderfully thought out... Well Done Jenny...


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