China Doll Elf Mixed Media
Posted by DecoArt on Nov 20th 2014
Upcycle a flea market picture frame with this mixed media China doll elf.
- water container
- palette or plastic plate
- paper towels
- #3 round brush
- #2 liner brush
- 1/2" flat brush
- old picture frame with wood backing
- Fun Foam sheet
- tracing & transfer paper
- small wire cutters
- Aleene's Tacky Glue
- 2 sheets of scrapbook paper
- small clock face clip art
- black stove wire
Let dry completely between painting steps.
- Remove the wood backing from your vintage frame. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper the same size as the backing. Cover the wood with a piece of scrapbook paper using Matte Decou-page and the 1/2" flat brush. I applied mine right over the picture because it was glued to the backing.
- Find a China Doll head on line and print it out to fit in your frame. Mine is 1 inch tall.
- Cut a piece of fun foam slightly smaller than the head and glue it to the back of the head with tacky glue.
- Using tracing and transfer papers, copy the body and hat to cardstock.
- Lay down the head, hat and body onto the surface of your decoupaged paper in the frame for placement.
- Paint the background of the frame face with a 1:1 mixture of Cobalt Turquoise and Primary Yellow. Add more yellow as you get to the center. Use the #3 round brush. Save your mixture.
- Using the #3 round brush, paint polka dots with the mixture from before with a touch of Titanium White added.
- Using the #3 round brush and Cobalt Turquoise, make a circle around the edge of the frame face. Make a mixture of 1:1 Cobalt Turquoise and Titanium White and using the #2 liner brush, make little dots inside the circle.
- Paint your cardstock dress and legs and hat. Paint the dress a mixture of 1:1 Naphthol Red Light and Titanium White. Use the #3 round brush. Add an outline with the #2 round brush and Primary Magenta. Using the #2 liner brush, fill in a Naphthol Red Light stripe where the belt would be.
- Paint little Carbon Black stripes on the legs with the #2 liner brush.
- Mix a little Titanium White into the Pink you mixed and make the lighter pink to add dots to the top and stripes to the skirt with the #2 liner brush. Give her little rosy cheeks.
- Using Carbon Black and the #2 liner brush, paint the little hand shapes at the end of the arms. Fill in the hands with a mixture of Titanium White with a touch of Naphthol Red Light and a touch of Primary Yellow.
- Paint Naphthol Red Light stripes on the hat with the #3 round brush.
- Make the other stripes Primary Yellow with the #3 round brush.
- Choose a scrapbook paper to be the wings. I chose a very subtle baby blue with white dots. Transfer the pattern to the paper and cut the wings out.
- Use tacky glue to attach the head to the backing. Glue the hat to the head and also the part of the frame where it overlaps.
- Use the #3 round brush and Matte Decou-page to attach the dress and legs and wings.
- Cut out your clip art clock face and use tacky glue to glue it to a piece of fun foam that is a slightly smaller circle. Glue the clock and foam down to the backing.
- Print out words that say "i choose naughty." Use a simple font.
- Cut out each word and glue them down with Matte Decou-page and the #3 round brush.
- Paint around the doll elf with the #2 liner brush and mixture of 1:1 Primary Yellow and Titanium White. This adds interest and makes your elf stand out.
- Use Cobalt Turquoise and the #2 liner brush to add accent lines to the dress, words and hat and apply eye shadow.
- Water down Burnt Umber and shade the side of the hat. Shade the face of the clock.
- With the #2 liner brush and Primary Magenta, outline and shade the wings and outline the words.
- Make your wire hanger with about 10 inches of the black wire. Loop the ends around parts of the frame and twist to secure. Add a 3 Inch piece of wire to the top of the hanger wrapped as tightly as you can.