Sunday, 12 April 2020

Paper Dolls

Paper doll drawn by Jenny Stacy
Doll, painted papers and clothes templates by Jenny Stacy
Twin paper dolls made for grandaughters by Jenny Stacy
You can cut clothes out of gift wrap or painted paper. Clothes templates drawn by Jenny Stacy
Happy Easter everyone!

This week's online session for my grandaughters was paper dolls. It took me a while to get the proportions right for the dolls themselves. I drew them then traced them onto thick card and the same with the clothes, not forgetting the tabs to fold back on the doll.

The easy way to make clothes is to draw round the clothes templates onto the back of gift wrap or even better, gift wrap you've glued to thin card to give them a bit more body. But I like the look of painted clothes better so I painted a few sheets of thin card and cut some of the clothes shapes out of that.

You could also glue pieces of fabric to thin card with a glue stick and draw round the clothes templates on the back of those. That would look really good using any bits of linen or printed cotton that you have.

I am very conscious at the moment that people can't get out to the shops the way they used to so any art project has to use things most people have already got lying round the house. Hopefully most people will have scissors, white paper,white card (although a cereal packet or other cardboard food box would be fine) glue, gift wrap or bits of fabric and paint.

I hope that you, dear reader, are managing to keep well and cheerful in these difficult times. If there's anything more you want to know about making paper dolls like these you can always email me on
Next week's project will be inspired by Nature. Now that walking for an hour has become a precious part of our day I think we are appreciating the sights and sounds of plants, trees and birds more than ever before.

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