Princess Paper Doll Collage
Nina Surel embellishes her princess paper doll collage with paint, stickers, pink yarn and pink pompoms.
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Nina Surel remembers playing with paper dolls when she was five-years-old. Now when she's not enjoying her tropical surroundings in Miami, Fla., this Argentinean native is still dressing her favorite paper dolls in feminine, mixed-media collages.
enlarged paper doll photocopy
paper doll dresses
15" x 25" artist canvas on wood frame
letter tiles (spelling Cherish)
acrylic paint, pink and white
wood fencing for craft projects
plaster of Paris
1. Cut cotton fabric large enough to cover the canvas frame and to fold over to cover all sides. Stretch fabric across the artist canvas and staple the fabric to the back of the frame using a staple gun. Mix glue with water and brush over fabric. Let dry.
3. Create a wig by tracing the outline of the hair onto paper. Cut out the wig backing and glue on pink strips of yarn for the hair. Then, glue the wig onto the paper doll.
4. Glue the paper doll onto the fabric using gel medium. Brush gel medium over the top of the doll and let dry.
7. Mix plaster of Paris with water according to package directions and pour into duck molds. Allow the plaster to harden, remove from molds, then paint with white acrylic paint to seal them.
8. Accent the canvas by adding letter tiles (spelling the word Cherish), hearts and sticker letters and paper doll dresses. Paint socks with pink acrylic paint. Glue letters on top of rubber hearts, then glue the hearts to the canvas.
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