Where to start with an Art Doll
If I am completely honest, when I first opened my new Powertex Art Doll MDF Template I was a little bit daunted. I had never even heard of the term Art Doll before. And was a little bit worried that I would not be able to do it justice.
I got in touch with Tracey Evans at Powertex HQ. And asked her if there are any rules I should be adhering to when it comes to creating an Art Doll. Nope, she relied, no rules whatsoever.
Well, that was music to my ears. No rules meant that I could absolutely go to town with my rather bonkers imagination right? Right Tracey confirmed. Within no time at all, my reservations morphed into excitement.
This was going to be fun!
Art Deco Theme for inspiration
I started off by gently removing all mdf cut outs from the template. And having a bit of a play around with them.
I had some gorgeous turquoise feathers that I had picked up some time ago. As soon as I played around with placing these on my design, a vague concept started to form in my mind. I was going to go Art Deco. I wanted my Art Doll to look like something you would stumble across whilst rummaging through an old attic.
How to start your Art Doll
Using the turquoise as a base for my colour scheme, I painted all my mdf pieces with white Powertex. I then took my oblong backdrop and poured small amounts of blue Powertex and yellow in dribbles onto it. Whilst this was still wet I then sprayed with blue bister and blasted with a hair dryer. This created an interesting texture on which to base my design.
I used the same technique for the frame for the face. However, I left the inside of this white so that I could stick on my face and it would show up nicely. (I didn’t want the face to look too pristine. So when I was dry brushing at the end I purposely added a bit of white to age the photo slightly.)
I added the same face but smaller to the mdf shape, then adhered to the top of the oblong template. Next I added a shabby halo made of a scrap of gold coloured metal. To adhere everything I used Powertex Transparent Hardener. I wanted to add some interest to the wing shapes at the top. So I used the negative shapes from the template I had taken them from. This formed a stencil which I could spray some bister through.
I left all my mdf pieces overnight to dry and ensure they were securely adhered in place.
The next day I dry brushed using pearl white, white and copper powertex pigments to add to the ageing process.
My final step was to add on some of my beloved bling. Especially those gorgeous turquoise feathers which had been the inspiration for the Art Deco look.
I honestly cannot say how much I enjoyed making this. Once I had put my fears to one side and embraced the freedom of just going for it.
If you would like to share your own creations, the Powertex team would love to have a look over at our facebook page The Powertex Studio.
Thanks so much for reading.
I’m Donna and you can see more of my work over at www.artandmurals.co.uk