Say hello to 'Pina'. She loves to go exploring in the tropics!
To create Pina, I started out by transferring Darkroom Door's 'Tropical Lady' Line Art stamp image onto silk fabric using Lesley Riley's TAP (Transfer Artist Paper). I also used the same method for Darkroom Door's 'Explore' Collage stamp, but gently water coloured the image before transferring it onto fabric. I used Tim Holtz Distress pens to colour the stamped collage image on TAP paper. To do this I scribbled the distress markers onto a plastic palette and 'picked up' the colour with an Aquash brush. Note: The image is reversed once it is transferred, but I tried to compensate for that by creating the word 'Explore' by stamping the letters directly onto fabric using Darkroom Door's stamp set, 'Alphabet Medley'.
Then it was a matter of layering fabrics, creating arms and stitching everything together to create Pina, my first Darkroom Door cloth doll. I added a lei and a flower in her hair to complete the tropical island holiday look.
Now it's time to meet Genevieve. She loves to be creative and is a crafty girl at heart.
To create Genevieve, I began by stamping Darkroom Door's 'Crafty Lady' Line Art stamp onto TAP paper and colouring it gently with Tim Holtz distress markers in the same manner as mentioned above and then transferred this image onto silk.
I then created another fabric panel using images from Darkroom Door's stamp set 'Dressmaker', and two Darkroom Door Texture stamps 'Criss Cross' and 'Star'. They were stamped within and around Darkroom Door's Frame stamp, 'Emulsion'.
The word 'create' was also made by stamping directly onto fabric using Darkroom Door's 'Alphabet Medley'.
Finally I layered fabrics together to form the shape of the doll and stitched everything together to create the front layer of the doll. I then embellished it with buttons, ribbon, fabric scraps, trims, laces, a scissor charm and fabric snaps. I then sewed the front and back together to complete this project.
Darkroom Door's Line Art Ladies are a wonderful way to start a cloth project doll!