Free Printable: Jointed Paper Dolls

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Remember this little project I started a while ago?  I have a family history of sustainable forestry here in Maine and wanted to illustrate that in a fun way.  Our forests can take care of us – if we take care of them!

I finally layed out my paper doll pieces and scanned them in to make printable paper dolls for you!  I made a few adjustments and changed a couple things from the originals…so that they look/work better ; )

 

You can download each as shown above:  Woodsman/Lumber Jack HERE and Woodslady/Lumber Jill HERE

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Shown above is what your printables should look like.  I printed them on cardstock so that they would be strong enough at the joints when you move them.  The thicker paper your printer can handle, the studier the dolls will be!

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Cut out the parts of the dolls and use a small hole punch where the dots are for the joints (craft stores have special gauged hole punches – if you don’t have a small hole punch, you can use a tack to start a small hole and make it larger with tiny scissors).

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The lady’s arm can hold her axe/saw if you cut a slit along the fingertips:

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All the pieces are then put together with little metal brads available in art/craft supply stores.

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The woodsman is done the same way – just cut out the pieces and cut the holes for the joints.  All the pieces are then put together with the little metal brads.

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The paper dolls can now chop, cut, saw, and stack wood together ; )  It would be fun to draw trees and color a forest scene for the dolls to work in.  They can act out sustainable forestry and show responsable tree husbandry!

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You’ll see that the dolls are wearing the iconic clothing of a person in the northern timber trade: plaid, flannel, denim, and leather.  I took artist’s license to use the L.L. Bean boot – since it has been so popular lately – which is so funny to me, because everyone I know has been wearing them all their lives!

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My boys think these dolls are fun and want me to make a dog, boy and girl, and grandparents too!

 

 

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March Calendar

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Ah, it’s starting to feel like spring – between the snow/sleeting days that is!  It’ll be weeks yet before the snows all melts away and the first flowers push up out of the ground…but the sun is getting warmer and the days are longer ; )  Hopefully this desktop calendar will bring a bit of spring into your days too!  You can download the free calendar HERE – Enjoy!

Stephanotis Vine

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Another flower painted for my flowering vine series!  Stephanotis.  I got a potted vine for each of my mothers on Mother’s Day a few years ago and they give me reports about how the plants are getting bigger and keep flowering periodically!  The vines have had to be repotted as they grow bigger ; )

Sweet Pea Vine

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These winter skies cast a grey light in my photos!  Ah, well – at least spring will come soon!  I’m looking forward to seeing these pink sweet peas in my garden again.  They’re a perennial pea, or Everlasting pea.  They don’t have any frangrance like the annual sweet peas.  It’s a vigorous growing plant that will readily reseed and spread.  I put it by my front door where it gets all the hot, direct, summer sun and it has thrived!  It reaches 8 feet tall and blooms happily.  The hummingbirds like it too ; )

Cup and Saucer Vine

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I’m picking up an old personal project again – I’d started a series of flowering vines in the fall and this one got inked in and then sat waiting for paint the last couple months!  So far I’ve done Honeysuckle, Blue Morning Glories, Clematis, and Burple Bell Vine…do you have any favorite flowering vines you’d like to see illustrated?  My Mom already wants me to paint another blue morning glory because I sold the other one last week.  She wants her own to hang up on the wall ; )

White Watercolor

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I played around with whites today.  I finally got the Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White that I’d heard works so well.  I’d been using opaque white gouache for adding finishing details and highlights to my illustrations, but sometimes it took many layers to get the opacity I wanted.  This bleed proof white is just what I needed!

New Travel Palette!

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Do you remember *way* back to the sample of watercolors I got from Sennelier?  I squeezed all the paint in those sample tubes into some half pans so that not a drop would be wasted ; )  The paints were perfect primaries for mixing and I had fun playing around with the sample colors.

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Then, my Aunt gave me the Aqua-mini from Sennelier and I’ve used it since as my travel palette – compact and equipped with a little brush – perfect for little sketchbook paintings.  My only complaint was that there wasn’t much space for mixing colors or making washes…so I put a MEEDEN paint box on my wishlist that would fit 12 half pans!

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Now I have all my Sennelier half pans in one set together – and still in a small enough tin to take anywhere/anytime!  It has plenty of spaces for mixing colors and I keep my travel brushes inside too.  I’m so ready for spring and getting outside to paint again now!

Phone Case – English Garden

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DSC_5987.jpgI ordered a Society6 phone case as a gift for someone special – it has my English Garden print on it!  I took these pictures of the phone case before sending it out to a very dear girl!  It is well made and we’re both so glad it’s going to work great!  I’m impressed to see how well my art is printed on this product – the image is printed clearly with true colors!

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Find more fun items in my S6 shop!  HERE!