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Polly Dolly | Storytime

Polly Dolly | Storytime

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in Art Journal | 0 comments

Read the previous part of Polly Dolly’s story.   Polly Dolly opened one eye, then the other. Seeing the sunshine, she stretched her arms as far above her head as she could and drew in her breath. “Ahhh! That feels good.” She giggled to herself as the sun’s rays kissed her cloth cheeks. “It’s time to get up!” Moving to swing her little legs off the side of the bed, she began to roll instead, making a sudden, unexpected descent to the floor. For a moment, she blinked. Looking down at the blanket still around her, she laughed. “I’m all tied up!” Rolling across the floor to un-do herself, she stood up and lifted the quilt back onto her bed. It was a little challenging work, having no fingers but thumbs to make the bed, but having known nothing else, Polly Dolly was quite satisfied with herself when she was done. Turning to the mirror nearby, she gave a few quick pats to smooth her clothes. “Now, I’m ready for the day!” When Polly Dolly came downstairs, she decided to go for an early morning walk. It was too early to think about breakfast, and besides, it was a beautiful spring day. “I wonder if I’ll learn something new today?” she thought with a skip. “I like learning new things.” To read the next part of Polly Dolly’s story, click...

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A Creative Way to Brighten Your Home with a Paper Doll | Create a Paper Doll Picture

A Creative Way to Brighten Your Home with a Paper Doll | Create a Paper Doll Picture

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Art Journal | 2 comments

Here is a fun hands-on way to create your own Paper Doll Picture and brighten a corner in your home! :) Have a spot on your wall that needs to be filled? This craft can be simple and easy! Or, you can make it more challenging if you like …it’s flexible. ;)     SUPPLIES:   – Frame – Paper doll – Scrapbook paper – Scissors – Glue Optional: Garden magazines, gems, stickers, ribbon, buttons, tape, fabric, lace, etc.   This Paper Doll Picture can be created and designed multiple ways …so even though I mention certain supplies, don’t feel like you have to use exactly what I’m showing here! Let your imagination soar and create it just how you like it! :)     1. Gather Supplies and Cut Out Paper Doll   If you decide to purchase specific paper, you might want to choose your paper doll first and then take the paper doll with you to the craft store to find matching colors. (That could be fun!) :)     2. Choose a Background Piece of Paper and Cut to Size   Choose a background piece of paper for your picture! You might want to use the “substitute picture” that comes with your frame to help you know what size to cut it to. Or, you can use the removable frame back to give you an idea of sizing. Then cut out your background.   3. Design!   Cut out whatever shapes of paper you’d like, along with your doll. You could really play with this …try making hills, a garden, a house, etc. :) You can use buttons, gems, ribbon paper cut outs …whatever you might think would add to the picture!     4. Finish with a Verse   If you like, finish the picture with a verse! The verse I put in this frame (1 Peter 5:5a) and the decorated doll can remind me that humility is beautiful.   I hope you have fun with this craft! Also, if you’d like to use the same free printable paper doll I used, you can find her here!   Also, a thank-you and shout out...

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Polly Dolly | Storytime

Polly Dolly | Storytime

Posted by on Oct 28, 2017 in Art Journal | 0 comments

To read the first part of Polly Dolly’s story, click here.   On the top floor of the little cottage was Polly Dolly’s bedroom. It had two round windows. The biggest window let sunshine fall right onto her bed. She liked it best this way because she likes bright, happy things and she never put a shade on the window. This morning was just such a bright and happy morning! Polly Dolly was snuggled down cozy and warm inside of her bed when the first rays of spring sunshine tickled her awake … To read the next part of Polly Dolly’s story, click...

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Cali Calico Paper Doll | Free Friday

Cali Calico Paper Doll | Free Friday

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Art Journal, Free Friday | 8 comments

Hello friends!! Exciting news …there’s a new paper doll in the Melissa Jacie family of paper dolls …Cali Calico!     Hello, everybody! My name is Cali, and it’s so exciting to be a part of the Melissa Jacie paper doll family! I’m looking forward to getting to know Clementine Curls, Joyful Joyce, and the others!   Download Cali Here   I would love to hear in the comments if you downloaded Cali! I hope you have fun with...

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Using a Printer in Your Process | Tuesday Tips

Using a Printer in Your Process | Tuesday Tips

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Art Journal, Tuesday Tips & Art Tips | 1 comment

  This is a simple method that can really help illustrators in their process! You’ll need some artwork intended for coloring/painting, as well as a camera/scanner, computer with editing software, a printer, and paper. After you have created the artwork you want to color or paint, use a scanner to upload the artwork to your computer. If you do not have a scanner, use a camera. Although a high quality camera would be optimum, I think you could do a version of this method with a phone camera! ;) Once the artwork is in the computer, use an editing software to crop and work with the exposure as needed. I use Photoshop to help me in getting the artwork ready. If your editing program has the capability, you can clean up the artwork by erasing parts that may have had issues or problems.   It’s hard to tell, but can you see the printing on the right hand piece of artwork? Another advantage to this method, (if you decide to print your drawing softer than the original) is that you can add to your drawing or change it without too much problem when you’re coloring it.   Next, decide what kind of paper you want to print the artwork onto. (Check your printer manual to see what kinds of paper your printer can handle.) This is soooo helpful, because if you haven’t already guessed, you can print multiple copies of your drawing! No need to worry about ruining your color work or messing up your drawing …just print it again! :) I really like this method and highly recommended it! Have you tried this before? How has it worked for you?   (Note: Photos are...

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