Saturday, August 28, 2010

Paper Dolls

I've been reading some books on dolls & paper art dolls. I wanna make some of these too! I have a doll rubber stamp and recently found stencils at a thrift store to make small doll faces. I'd like to make historical (esp. Bible story or figures from Christian history) or literature paper art dolls. Here's an ugly little one I made some time ago for an atc doll swap.

As I was reading the book list below, I was trying to remember what paper dolls I had as a child. I must have had a few, because I remembered that the fold-over tabs on the paper clothing never lasted long, nor fit the dolls well, but for the life of me, I don't remember what they were. I do remember a scrapbook I kept for awhile, my first one I believe, of babies and baby dolls I cut from old magazines and catalogs and pasted into an old school notebook on lined paper. I didn't dress them, but enjoyed collecting them. I might just have to find new-to-me paper doll parts and make a new scrapbook as I journey into paper doll making.
(* starred ones are from my home library; others were found in the public library)
Artful Paper Dolls: New Ways to Play with a Traditional Form. By Terry Taylor. Lark/Sterling, 2006.
Collector's Guide to Raphael Tuck & Sons: Paper Dolls, Paper Toys, & Children's Books. By Blair & Margaret Whitton. Hobby House, 1991.
* Fanciful Paper Projects: making Your Own Posh Little Follies. By Sandra Evertson. Sterling 2005.
* How to Dress an Old-Fashioned Doll. By Mary H. Morgan. Dover, 1973, reprint of 1908 book.
Paper Dolls: Their History and How to Make Them. By Edith Flack Ackley. J.P.Lipponcott, 1939.
Paper Dolls of the 1960s, 1970s, & 1980s. By Carol Nichols. Collector Books, 2005.
Paper Puppet Palooza: Techniques for Making Movable Art Figures & Paper Dolls. By Norma V. Toraya. 2009.
Paper Sculpture. By Alan Allport. Drake, 1971.
Storytelling with Dolls. By Elinor Peace Bailey & Noreen Crone-Findlay. Krause, 2003
* The Doll.By Carl Fox. Harry N. Abrams, NY.
I was rummaging around in my stash of craft stuff and ran across a Doll Back from the Artgirlz, Inc. Oh, goodie, something else I can play with!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Free Art Classes!

I received my MO. Conservation Department newsletter in the mail today. I've taken several of these fun and FREE classes!

Anita B. Gorman Discovery Conservation Center = 4750 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO. 816-759-7300.

Leafy Tees. September 4/Saturday/10:00 Am – 2:30 pm. (Walk-in/All Ages). Printing T-Shirts with inky leaves. Says T-shirts will be provided. (They won't have any t-shirts big enough for me, as I am a BBW, so if I were to take this class, I'd better take my own, pre-washed and pressed. The sizing starch in a new t-shirt prevents material from absorbing the inks well.)

I'm Hungry, Help Feed Me. September 7/Tuesday/6:30-8:00 pm OR October 19/Tuesday/6:30-8:00 pm. (both are Walk-in/Ages 9 & up with adult). Construct a Bird Feeder.

Art Festival. September 21/Tuesday/6:00 – 8:00 pm. (Walk-in/All ages). A variety of nature themed art activities are planned for this evening such as printmaking with leaves and block inks. Also a class on creating a customized walking stick. There will be an exhibit of work from talented students of the Mattie Rhodes Art Center's after school program also.

Delight Your Eyes. October 5/Tuesday/6:30-8:00 pm. (Walk-in/Ages 9 & up with adult). Construct a leaf press & a colorful arrangement of leaves.

New Cards from Friends

I received these cards in the mail this week. I feel so special and loved. Thank you dear friends. The three commercial cards are from friends at church and the hand stamped one is from one of my friends across the pond – Joan Petty.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Chair Railing Idea

While Mom and I waited to see a surgeon for a follow-up visit, we noticed a nifty chair-railing. Whoever designed his waiting room had a great idea for an unobtrusive way to keep the chairs from marking up the wall. It wasn't the usual molding placed at chair height on the wall; it was a two x four inch board covered in matching floor carpet, wrapped like a gift box, placed just behind each grouping of chair legs (each group consisted of 2 to 3 chairs), and equal in length to each grouping. I don't know whether the boards were fastened to the floor or not as I didn't get a chance to investigate, but I can imagine that it would be easy to pick them up to vacumn under and be replaced along with the chairs.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Shoebox Party

Do you know what a shoebox party is? Well, I was invited to one last week and these are the cards we made during the day. A shoebox party is like a crop for scrapbookers, only this is for cardmakers. Each person brings one or more shoebox(es) filled with a sample card already prepared (I took three boxes) and all the fixings (including adhesive & tools) to make that card in the box along with the directions. So if ten people have been invited to the party, there is enough material in the one shoebox so ten people can make one card from that box, then it is passed on to the next person at the table and so on. Each person has the option to make their card just like the sample card or change it up to suit themselves from the materials at hand and at the end of the day, when everyone has made all the cards, then we get to take them home. We also donated to a potluck luncheon.
There were all levels of expertise represented – very simple cards for beginners to more experienced cardmakers. I made them all plus a template for an envelope. I also took some rubber stamps with me that I no longer wanted to swap & I think most had fun digging through the box. HELLO! I hope everyone remembers that I want Christian type rubber stamps in exchange!
Golly, I had a blast!

Devotion: A Shot of Peace

“Is there no balm in Gilead?” ~ Jeremiah 8:22

Gilead was famous for its healing ointments and the ancient spice merchants traveled through this area near the Holy Land regularly. I hope and pray that my card ministry will point the way to the Great Physician's healing balm for wounds. He’s the only one that can heal hurt, give peace, and bring comfort to battered bodies.

Prayer: Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. ~ A Prayer attributed to St. Francis.

Today’s Quote:
"The Greek word for peacemakers is eirenepoios, which can be interpreted as "peace poets," suggesting that peace is a thing to be crafted or made. We need to seek ways to be not just "peacekeepers" but to be engaged "peacemakers." In such a definition, peace (or the Hebrew word shalom) is not simply an absence of war but a thriving of our lives, where God uses our creativity as a vehicle to create a world that ought to be." ~ Makoto Fujimura.