Thursday, August 31, 2017

Beach Beauty Doll Accessories

Back on July 2, 2017, I started making some accessories for my Ella doll. Throughout July I continued making a few small things to go with her beach outfit.
I made her this Sea Turtle Shanty belt from a link of turtle charms by Blue Moon Beads.
Teal and old gold have always caught my eye, and these looked great with the colors of Ella's bathing suit. Originally I made the belt to go on Lagoona Blue, but found the colors worked better for Ella.
Later in the month I had some leftover bits of stretch cord from stone bracelet making. This gave me an idea to make very tiny bracelets for the dolls. 

I used tiny plastic beads and flowers from one of my bead bins, struggled a bit to tie the ends together, but managed. The easiest way to slip them on an Ever After High doll is to pop off their hands and slip on the bracelet. 

though the bracelets are made with stretch cord, I found they don't really stretch well over the splayed fingers of the dolls, so popping off the hands or arms of the dolls and slipping them on that way works best.
I've had a piece of pretty pink lace with a flower sequin edge in my trim bin for years. It seemed like the perfect thing to turn into a lacy scarf for the dolls, so I folded the ends and hand tacked them down to make it scarf worthy.
The final accessory I made was a shell bag, created from part of a garlic bag and a bit of chartreuse colored yo-yo string.
I made it a draw string bag with two handles, sewed the top edged down with a bit of white thread, then plopped in some painted baby shells.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Watercolor Palette Pictures

Back on March 21, 2017, I had taken a picture of this watercolor palette, finding interest in the colors and natural splat textures. 
I had been working on some watercolor backgrounds at the time, ran out of green on one of my pans,
so I borrowed this one. The colors are all my favorite combos, in shades of the elements.

Ideas relating to that subject remained in memory, and while I looked back on this photo today, I saw an opportunity to use parts of the picture as backgrounds for small sketches.
After some selecting and editing, I assembled the 8 block collection of watercolor palette backdrops.
It was then a matter of playing with the textures, so I sketched out little characters in each block to represent the elements. From top left to bottom right- Fire, water, air, ice, stone, and earth.

I did other things with these blocks which you can find on the post- Elemental Palette.