Halloween is my favorite holiday- partly because I am never at a loss for inspiration during the All Hallow’s season. And when I decided to make an an art doll for my Retro Cafe Art Gallery monthly tutorial, I couldn’t stop at just one! Hope you enjoy!
I began my Halloween Hag brush doll with the Retro Cafe Art Gallery skinny paint brush articulated art doll kit. Because I already had a brush of the same size and shape partially distressed ( I left it in a cup of paint water over a week), I used it in place of the one that came with the kit. I saved the fresh one for another project. I distressed the brush a bit further with watered down acrylics and touches of patina from the Verday Patina set. Next, I collaged the art doll body with a bit of scrapbook paper and trimmed the head and shoulders portion off of an antique skeleton illustration cut out, also from Retro Cafe.( The wings that came with the kit were saved for the Day of the Dead angel you’ll see later in this post.)
I drilled a hole through the doll body and the paint brush and ran the wire arms through the holes. The doll body , a bottle cap halo,her skeleton face and other embellishments- such as her brass brass owl, a word cut out, and a skull and feather topped staff were adhered using gel medium.
The “sweet” child holding her voodoo dolly ( still in it’s coffin case) was a quick project. The dolly was created with a bit of polymer clay- baked and painted… then glued into a tiny trinket coffin shrine. Her dress was painted onto her primitive angel body, her sugar skull head was adhered with gel medium and wire arms were added to hold the coffin.
Another primitive angel body was painted as well as the wings from the articulated brush doll kit from above. I even painted the art doll head paper cut to resemble a sugar skull. A flaming heart tiny trinket shrine was added with a center metal rose embellishment. Next came the wire hanger! Quick and so cute!
Hope you enjoyed the projects! Feel free to leave me any questions or comments. Here are the materials used for the Trio of Tricks and Treats: (LINKS ARE PROVIDED FOR RETRO CAFE ART GALLERY SUPPLIES IN THE TEXT ABOVE for your convenience )
VooDoo Dolly- sugar skull paper cuts ( black and white), small primitive angel art doll cut-outs (short), el tiny trinket coffin, polymer clay, wire, craft acrylics, gel medium
Halloween Hag Brush doll- skinny paint brush articulated art doll kit, antique skeleton illustration paper cuts, Verday patina set, brass fancy owls (set of 2), wire, gel medium, paint, skull bead, Tim Holtz word sticker, rusty bottle cap
Santos art doll head paper cuts(set II), small primitive angel art doll cut outs (tall), el tiny trinket shrine flaming heart, craft acrylics, metal rose, gel medium