I decided I needed a little bit of magic in my life, so what better way to achieve that than to make it.
Some time ago, while surfing somewhere on these virtual waves, I came across an ATC art doll and was fascinated with the technique and the effect. Last week, I came across another site with several of these ATC characters. I had to give it a go. Added inspiration was some lovely green textured paper, provided by Connie, from the Paper Traders group, in a recent ‘stash’ swap.
It took me a couple of goes to get Norris’s proportions right, and even now he seems a bit beefy in the arms, to me. Still, he needs muscles to move the nasturtiums around when hiding from humans and the neighbourhood cats.
I used the green paper from Connie for the background and the wings, as it has ‘veins’ in it that reminded me of butterfly wings, and in turn, fairy wings. I collaged the paper onto the card in a mosaic-sort-of-way, in the hope that the background and wings would blend together, at least a bit.
As I worked out how and where to attach his limbs, head, and wings, I was rather glad there was no one around. Folk already think I’m slightly (?) eccentric, without seeing me talking to a paper doll!
After I got my head around the how and where, I set about dressing him and adding his features with acrylic paint. Norris probably needs to be sealed or lacquered for durability, but I was too impatient to see how he turned out. Soon, I’ll dismantle him – with humble apologies – and give him a coat of something durable.
With some card, split pins, textured paper and acrylic paints, how much fun I had, making a new friend!