Saturday, January 17, 2009

She Wore Her Heart Backwards

Painted Wad of Paper

Finished Paper Doll

Ok I am working on an altered book technique that Linda suggested we do before working in our books - to test paints! who would have thunk that?!! I rip out two pages from the book and begin to paint them, rubbing the pages together. I pull them apart before they dry and they tear. So I begin to ball them up in wads, open them, wad up in a tight ball again. Then i decide i'm going to iron them flat with wrinkles. While I was doing that they began to take a shape of this little person. Honestly I could see her in my mind's eye. She was one page and her big, flamboyant hat was the other page. Well needless to say there goes the testing of paints for the AB technique.

I had a piece of colored watercolor paper i had doodled with and didn't like but of course had saved it. I starting cutting out pieces to cloth her, who wants a naked doll?! Besides she wanted to wear something ripping. I shaped her shoes - so now i'm a cobbler, and made her clothing - now i'm a clothes designer and then she really needed this hat - now i am a haute couture designer.
I was also pondering another project in regard to "heart/healing". I made the little paper/fabric heart and placed it on the back of the doll. It has in the center an eye. I glued a bow on her hat, a little ricrac, broken-apart fuzzy ribbon and of course, she was beckoning for the finishing touch. Her signature tags - funny, unloved, and goofy. She had been developing in her short little life through ridicule.
But she showed everyone - she became a clown/comedian. And now makes mucho money working the circuit in Vegas.
I believe she will also be a part of my "Inspired One Word - Healing" journal page as a little ATC.
wow, one little piece of art and she is really stretching into several arenas. How's that for imagination?!

"Sometime in your life you will go on a journey.
It will be the longest journey you have ever taken.
It is the journey to find yourself."
-Katherine Sharf


Jacq said...

I like your doll, thanks for sharing how you did it.

Christy said...

How great that you became inspired and created this adorable doll?! And the quote you added to your post was great too!

Sue said...

I love her life story!