more button beak art!

June 7, 2011

paige's button beak art
Last week I shared Allison Wurgler's button beak art--she mentioned that her best friend Paige Stevens had also made a piece using one of the antique paper dolls from her stash.

Here it is! Isn't is beautiful?

She gave her own twist to the piece by making the birds come out of a paintbrush--how perfect for a little artist. :)

Again, I think the homemade paper gives such a great texture to the overall feel of the piece and I am still in love with these antique paper dolls.
The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer: Activities and Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist
Allison suggested that I get a copy of The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer: Activities and Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist if I couldn't find any antique paper dolls to use--I'm a big fan of black apple dolls, so I think this would be a great resource for future crafting endeavors.

Coincidently, a few days before Allison and Paige shared their art pieces with me, I finished up my hot air balloon nursery art for my soon-to-be-born twin nieces. I was thinking of using the same doll template that I used on Lucia's button beak art, but discovered that the proportions were wrong for the size balloon I had made.

I remembered this website that has printable Betsy McCall paper dolls and started searching for the perfect pair. I found two cute ones in a pink and purple and went with them--I think it turned out great. (September 1955, if you are curious.)
The Ice-Cream Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds
January 1957 features Goldilocks and the Three Bears and there are several little boys available as well.

(If you want to go back to the original inspiration for the button beak art which I took from Arnold Lobel's book The Ice-Cream Cone Coot: and Other Rare Birds--the child in the image is a boy.) To make it more little-boy friendly, I would just use less pinks in the scrapbook paper--make the birds gray and orange and maybe blue?

Thanks again to Paige for sharing your art with me! I love the swirling birds over the girl's head and I appreciate your creativity with the paintbrush detail.

Not only have I been smiling about this beautiful art all week, I've also been smiling about the thought of two friends getting together to work on craft projects together. Do you ever craft with friends or do you mostly work on projects alone?

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