Monday, September 18, 2017

Sarah's Simple Wardrobe - Doll

I've wanted to start a new paper doll series for a while now.  And I wanted to try doing a shorter run, dress-a-day type of thing.  This is not everything I wanted it to be, but it's interesting and worth sharing.

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This is Sarah.  She's based on simple, soft-bodied dolls. I have a whole wardrobe ready to go.  My plan is to post both a black and white and color set each week.  So far, the doll is ready.  Check back in later this week for a color version and new outfits.  I'm not sure how long I'll work on this set so I guess we'll see where it goes!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Summer Fun - Coloring Sheet 4

My baby left for kindergarten this week. And I was a bit emotional!

My handsome kiddos! 

It's been an adjustment this week.  Not a bad one, by any stretch! I always thought that this would be the year I'd go back to work and have a "real" job.  The truth is, that isn't happening. Instead, my grandmother (who has been widowed for a year & a half, has had a stroke, and is losing her sight) is moving in with us.  She's been managing well but she lives in northern Vermont and my father & I agreed (as did she) that she needed to be a bit closer to the rest of us. She and are are close anyway, and this is a great choice for all of us.

Having said that, now that I have a more or less empty house and time on my hands, I'll get back to actual drawing next week! This week I spent catching up on things that needed to be done.  Next week, it's all about making art again! 

Today is the last of the summer fun coloring sheets.  I have some fun ideas coming up, too! 

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Summer Fun - Coloring Sheet 3

My oldest started school this week...for two and a half days.  It feels like a bit of a waste, but once the snow days start piling up, I guess I'll feel better about it.  Weather forecasters have been calling for a superb New England fall (which is really why we all live here, afterall!!) followed by a brutal winter.  I'm less confident about that last part but I guess we'll see.

So I'm still not quite in the full swing of creating yet.  My youngest starts Kindergarten on Tuesday and this past week has been meet & greets with his teacher, evaluations, etc.  We've had an open house where my oldest & I were the representatives for our Cub Scout group.  It's been busy.

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I have managed to get a few paper doll related things done recently.  First, I finally published a Josephine book. I'm trying something different here. The book is available on Lulu and coming to Amazon soon, but I also have it listed as an ebook to download on Etsy.

I also changed the format of the At the Beach set from saddle stitch to perfect bound.  That means almost nothing to most of you.  For me, it means a slightly higher quality print and the ability to sell on Amazon, etc, and not just on Lulu.

These are the books side by side.  The one on the left is the perfect bound one, and the one on the right is the saddle stitch one.  The color is slightly different, with the left one more true to my illustrations.

You can see it a bit more in this close-up.  It's not to say the printing was bad - it was fine.  I just think the perfect bound is a bit superior.

Because I had two versions of the book, I decided to actually cut out the paper doll!! This set comes with coloring sheets, so I tested those out.  I'm not a big fan of coloring and I think it shows! I tested crayons, colored pencils, markers, and gel pens.  The markers and gel pens worked best.  I think if bought this set, I'd probably use my color copier and copy these on to cardstock, then color them.

I included a stand with this doll and it worked really well! I folded the stand, creased it, and used double stick tape to attach it. The doll in that image is standing independently.

The fit is pretty great, too.  I find wigs a bit challenging but they do fit!
I haven't had a chance to cut the whole book out yet, but I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  For reference, I cut out the saddle stitch book, so the colors are a little darker here.

You can grab a copy here and it'll be on Amazon soon.  Still coloring the Summer Fun book.

For those of you in the US, have a happy Labor Day!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Paper Doll Studio Issue 118 Preview

So....this has been in the works for a while.

I'm the featured artist in the next issue of Paper Doll Studio magazine!  It's such a thrill to be among the ranks of such talented artists & such a devoted community of enthusiasts.  It's also really, really humbling and makes me feel like a "real" artist.

Creatively, I've been in a bit of a funk.  It's hard to create something for such a niche market.  People inevitably ask, "What do you do?" "I'm an artist." "Oh yeah, what do you make?"  "Paper dolls."


Not always, but a lot of the time.   Having been asked to do this has really helped re-inspire me at just the right time.  I couldn't be happier!

I love making paper dolls.  I love sharing my paper dolls.  And I'm really, really excited to share this! If you're already a subscriber, this issue will be heading out soon.  If you are not, well, you should be! Or you can grab an individual issue (back issues are here and this one will be listed soon). 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Paper DollCollaboration 2017 - Historical Fashion

First and foremost, I feel terrible about my sparse posting this summer.  It's been incredibly busy, which sounds like a really lame attempt at an excuse.  The good news is 1) school starts for my oldest on the 29th 2) school starts for my youngest September 5th and 3) I've reorganized my office/studio to be more efficient.  Hopefully, I'll spend more time in it!!

Today's post is supposed to be our favorite historical periods.  I can't say I have a favorite, so I used a recent field trip with my kiddos as inspiration: Old Sturbridge Village.

For all of you outside New England (or inside of it and unfamiliar), Old Sturbridge Village is a living history museum focused on the early 19th century, approximately 1790 to 1840 or so.  Last Friday (and the reason I missed my post) was the Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday at Old Sturbridge Village.  So the boys and I drove out there and spent the day.

They loved it. I loved it.  A good day was had by all!

And because of that trip, I have two dresses from about 1830, based on image from OSV's collection of artifacts.  The dress on the left is based on this one and the one on the right is based on this one.  I included only one bonnet, mainly because of space.

Be sure to visit Paper Thin Personas, Pop Culture and Paper Dolls, and Miss Missy for more outfits in this ongoing project!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Summer Fun - Coloring Sheet 2

At the moment this posts (sometime around 5am, Friday), I'll be loading up my car and heading on a roadtrip to Pennsylvania. My husband is attending his graduation at Penn State and I could not be more proud! He just wrapped up a Master's degree and spent a ton of time working on it (while also working full-time and being a generally great dad).

So congrats! I'm ready to celebrate!

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For today, I have another coloring sheet for the Summer Fun set.  I'm still working on coloring this one and assembling it into a book.  Speaking of... I decided to make the At The Beach paper doll available on Amazon, etc. As soon as that's all live, I'll let you know.  For now, it's still available on  It's a really cute book and I'm eager to add the Summer Fun paper doll to this fledgling series...

...hopefully in September, when I have time again!!!

I'll be traveling for a bit and I'm leaving my computer at home.  Til then, enjoy this set!! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Summer Fun - Coloring Sheet 1

I didn't get a tween paper doll set completed for today.  Every time I start a post lately, it starts with "I haven't had time....".  And that's true.  But it feels lame.  September is coming soon and I *should* have more time then to devote to projects.

I've got whiteboards for organizing them and everything.

So today (and the rest of the month), you're getting coloring sheets!

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This is a coloring sheet of the companion doll I'm working on to go with At The Beach.  I love these paper dolls! I'd really like to make a whole series around them. 

Anyway, enjoy coloring this and the other pages in this set.  If you're anything like me, August is going to be crazy busy & we all could use some downtime coloring!