Tuesday, November 29, 2022

2023 Calendar

 I'm currently working on my holiday card, so that will post soon. In the meantime, I finally took the 2018 Doodle-a-Day project and turned it into a calendar! You can grab it here. It took about three weeks to receive my copy, so plan accordingly! You can also take a look at the whole project (and print them out at home) here.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Witchtober - Merchant, Travel, and Wrap-up

 First up, happy Halloween! I totally, absolutely LOVE Halloween. My kids do, too. What's more fun than dressing up, going out at night, and getting candy with your friends?! Nothing, that's what! 

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It was tough fitting both of these on one page! My merchant witch is a sort of Venetian style costume. I wasn't sure how to represent shopping or selling or whatever a merchant does. I settled on bag on a belt and hanging potions. The travel witch, too, was a bit tough. I thought a steampunk inspired/early automobile outfit might work. Anyway.... It's been a fun series to work on! Make sure to check out Rachel's, too, over at Paper Thin Personas. It's always a blast working on paper dolls with her! 

Monday, October 24, 2022

Witchtober - Winter and 18th Century Witch

Week 4 of our Witchtober project! Next week will be the last week and we'll post on Halloween. This has been loads of fun...and hard to keep up with! Sometimes I look through my old projects and I wonder how I ever had the time! That 2018 doodle-a-day? WOW! There were 63 sheets in that collection with 4 different dolls. 

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I got a little carried away with the winter set! I'm learning more and more about Procreate every day. One thing I'm working on is custom brushes. The holly is a brush I made. Still tinkering.... The 18th century dress is a little slim but I knew I was running out of space on the page. I made a pumpkin brush for that pattern, too, and I'm not sure how I feel about that one. If I color these, I'll probably approach both of those differently.

 Rachel is on track to post hers a little late this week. Watch her blog for it.  I know I'm looking forward to seeing it!

Monday, October 17, 2022

Witchtober - Sea and Kitchen Witch

 I know my post went up a little bit late today. I got a bit caught up drawing all of the Rococo inspired goodness on my Sea Witch!! 

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I didn't set out to make a Rococo gown. After looking for inspiration, I found a seashell crown that I liked so that inspired the hat. And as I was drawing the hat, I liked the idea of those tube curl things on powdered wigs.  That lead to a corset style front...and things just got out of hand from there. (TANGENT: My family and I are Marvel fans. In Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, one of the characters says "Things just got out of hand". It's Benedict Cumberbatch with a glorious evil voice and we say this exact phase around my house all the time!)

So anyway... After the Sea Witch, I tackled the Kitchen Witch. When I hear that phrase, I think of things like Practical Magic (wonderful book - go read the whole series - and an excellent movie) and "ordinary" witchy folks, not your goth leaning folks. I love a good goth aesthetic, but not all witchy folks are goth. So I went with a sort of retro cardigan, foliage patterned skirt, and an apron with a wooden spoon and herbs.

Monday, October 10, 2022

Witchtober - Bone and Bird Witch

 I'll admit, things never seem to settle down in my house! I've been helping my mother with her knee surgery. My boys are both in middle school now (!!!!!!) - one is having a tough transition but we're working on it. I feel like I have a million things going on any given day. 

I wouldn't trade it for anything. Ok, maybe for just a tiny bit of quiet. 

Today's Witchtober set is a Bone Witch and a Bird Witch. I was partially inspired by a pearl ribcage jewelry thing for the Bone Witch. And some rad shoes with spines for heels. The Bird Witch is all me. I had this idea of a one-shoulder swoopy kind of thing. I'm not completely happy with how the skirt turned out but I can live with it. Take a look at Rachel's interpretation here!

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The boys have today off, like many of us in the States. We're going on a bike riding adventure. 

If you have the day off, too, have fun coloring the Witchtober witches! Make sure you grab the first one here :)

Monday, October 3, 2022

Spooky Month and a Halloween Paper Doll

 My youngest son is totally into Halloween this year! We all are big Halloween fans most years, but this year, he is REALLY into it! We drew monsters together over the weekend.

Today, however, is a paper doll kind of day! 

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Rachel and I decided to embark on another Halloween paper doll project. We're tackling a few of the themes from this Witchtober list we found here: https://juanjoltaire.tumblr.com/  I know nothing about the artist but this list is great.

Today's paper doll is the base doll and a random outfit. It's sort of based on a vintage Halloween dress that I saw, so it isn't part of the theme list. 
Rachel and I are going to tackle the same themes and post on Mondays through Halloween. It's going to be fun to see how we interpret the same ideas differently! Check in every Monday through Halloween to see what we're up to!

Friday, September 16, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II Paper Doll in Tartans

 August came and went in a blur! Our Disney vacation was a ton of fun. The kids LOVED it! It was hot. It rained. We walked a zillion miles a day. I destroyed my phone and my husband lost his credit card. My parents lost a piece of luggage (it was found!). But it was all worth it and it was super fun. Here's a goofy selfie to prove it! 


The next issue of Paperdoll Review is all about plaids and checks. I was going to make a retro mod doll with some fun plaid outfits but it just wasn't coming together. 

And then the Queen died.

I'm a low-key royal watcher. Not like obsessive or anything. My mother is close in age to Princess Diana and watched the wedding in the 80s with great enthusiasm. I'm about the same age as Prince William. I find the history of it all fascinating. So once the Queen's death was announced, I felt compelled to draw her for the magazine. 

Her last official photo showed her at Balmoral in a tartan skirt and sweater. I knew from my own Scottish ancestry that tartans have their own histories and restrictions, much like coats of arms. There's a Scottish Register of Tartans that is just terrific!  It has lovely samples and information about each tartan, which was a key part of creating this doll. Here I discovered that the Queen's tartan is the Balmoral tartan, exclusive to the royal family. I used that on my base doll.

Next, I wanted another tartan from the Queen's time at Balmoral. She seemed to favor tartans while in Scotland so there were loads to choose from. I wanted something from her later years so that it would be consistent with the doll. The green tartan in this image is another royal exclusive and that's why I went with it for my outfit.

The other key part of my paper doll is Balmoral Castle. It was a favorite residence of the Queen and where she spent her final days. I found a lovely image on Wikipedia which was especially great because it's a Creative Commons image that I can freely remix! I tried working with it in Photoshop but to get the effect I wanted, I ran it through a watercolor painting simulation process in Photoshop.

So essentially I took all of these elements, about 5 hours in Procreate with another hour or so in Photoshop, and created my Queen Elizabeth memorial paper doll. Here's a 30 second time lapse video so you can get a sense of it.

There's also a wonderful write-up about the Queen on Jenny's paper doll blog with a link to a full resolution PDF of my paper doll. Go check that out, too.