Thursday, August 11, 2016

MARIE ANTOINETTE



Every once in a blue moon I give my studio a good going over and I manage to find things that I have been looking for at one time or another. I also find some things that surprise me like a small roll of craft chicken wire. I think I must have purchased this to use on a cage doll at one time. So that immediately put my mind in motion.On many occasions I've made art creations depicting the famous Marie Antoinette, but I never considered a Marie Santos Cage Doll until I started looking at the supplies over at Retro Café Art Gallery, my favorite go to place. That is where I spotted the antlers. It always pays to check out the sale items as well. That is where I spotted 4 mixed bags of paper flowers by Prima and that along with the antlers was all the inspiration that I needed to inspire  me to order another large Santos Cage Doll and the Marie Antoinette face to go with  it.

In one instant the flowers, the antlers, the chicken wire, and Marie Antoinette all came together in my mind. I loved the idea of making a Santos Cage Doll with her, and Marie being such an interesting figure in history, she gave me a lot to work with. It also inspired me to read more about her. 

  I just fell in love with these antlers from Retro Cafe Art Gallery and I adore how they look on her.

I never remembered reading the story about Marie Antoinette and the diamond necklace, so of course adding the diamond necklace to her added a little history flavor and creativity to her design. 

  I knew instantly when I saw the paper flowers that I was going to use that chicken wire as a skirt over the bottom of her cage. 


The chicken craft wire proved to be a small challenge, only because  what I had wasn’t quite as big as I wanted to make her skirt, but it did wrap around the cage nicely and being craft wire, it was easy work with adding just the fancy she needed to do her justice.


 I love these little tassels I found at our local craft store to add to the wire cage. I added several birds around the cage and some stamped fabric tags along with the variety of fabric and paper flowers. 
                 HOW SHE CAME TOGETHER
  I prepped all the doll pieces with Gesso. I painted all the pieces with my main color which was pink. Next I stenciled the bottom and side pieces of the cage. 

Before putting together the cage doll, I used a stencil on the base and outlined with a gold gel pen,then I added my writing. I like to lay out my embellishments or other pieces like the antlers that I plan to add to the doll to see what pieces need to go on first and how they will be attached. Before adding other pieces of interest to the head and back, I attach the arms so the holes don’t get covered up. After all the pieces are painted, I complete the body of the doll first, attaching arms, face, and any other embellishments to the back and front. (Hint: this is harder to do once the doll is attached to the cage and you can’t lay her down.) Once the body of the doll is completed, I attach all the sides, making the cage, again doing all my work on the cage before assembling everything. When the cage part of the doll is completely dry and the body is completely dry, I attach them together.  After the complete body of the doll is firmly dry and attached, I began working with the chicken wire. When cutting the wire, leave long pieces of wire on one side so that you can attach the skirt together by wrapping the wire to the other side once it is on the doll. 


After the skirt was attached, I added the paper flowers and stamped material tags to the wire using a glue gun. I finished off the skirt by adding pearl and diamond embellishments to the inside of the flowers.
 

 On the back side, I used letter stamps and added some jewelry findings as well as a large flower, bird and bird nest. I used Stickles glitter glue to give a glittery shine to the flowers edges and on the head piece.
 


 Thanks for stopping by ;)
Happy Creating!
 



SUPPLIES USED






Acrylic paints

Stencils



Wire Cutters



Craft Chicken Wire

Paper Flowers byPrima / Retro Café Art Gallery
(I used a variety package on sale) but there is always a great selection of flowers available


Jewelry embellishments

Fabric Tags
Wooden Decor Scroll -Used behind head

Alphabet stamps

Ink Pad

19 comments:

  1. Kim, she truly is amazing, a stunning Marie, so beautiful, and with so many details, on her wire skirt, head and body !! <3 <3 <3

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    1. Thank you Dorthe! I really enjoyed making her!
      Thank you for your always sweet comments!
      xo

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    1. Thank you so much Peggy and for taking the time to leave a comment! I so appreciate you!!
      xoxo

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  3. Oh my stars and garters Kim, she is BEYOND INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL. I am just - once again - AWE STRUCK. STUNNINGLY SPLENDID. You are a creative genius. This is an heirloom piece. Truly FABULOUS. XXj.

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    1. Thank Joi!!! That means so much to me! That chicken wire was quite the challenge, but it worked out after all!!
      Thank you for leaving such a sweet comment! You always make my day!!
      xoxo

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  4. Oh Kim!! Marie would be so proud!!!
    I just love all you did with this- the cage,flowers,cake,diamond necklace, everything!! Gorgeous and inspiring as always!! Thank you for sharing!
    Jackie xo

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    1. Thank YOU Jackie for leaving a comment and visiting my blog! I truly had the best time making her. It all started with finding that chicken wire! That's why I can never get my studio cleaned out, before I am done, I am off in another direction!! LOL
      xoxo

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  5. She's so amazing! I adore the chicken wire!!!

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    1. Thank you Kristin! It was a bit of a challenge, but so was MARIE ANTOINETTE! I was happy how she turned out. I always love working with those Santos Dolls!
      xoxo

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  6. Wonderful, wonderful! You knocked it out of the ballpark with this creation.

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  7. Absolutely positively gorgeous!!!

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  8. Beautifully crafted and created, Kim! She's the belle of the ball and the chicken wire cage is perfection. I love the cleaning and purging because I feel like the possibility of breathing new life into something old and forgotten makes the whole arduous chore worth it.

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    1. Thanks Chrissy! Oh yeah, sometimes you just have to go shopping in your own space. I forget all the time things I have randomly picked up and put away! Always a thrill to find them with perfect purpose in mind!
      XO

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