Natural Redhead- Mixed Media Monday

Bea- the natural Red-head

Bea- the natural Redhead

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday, the theme for this week was Playful Dolls

Bea was a natural Redhead, with the help of Clairol’s Nice and Easy #16- Spiced Tea, naturally. She had been dyeing her own hair for years, and never thought to read the directions or the warning label, until yesterday. Apparently you really can only leave the dye on for the recommended amount of time if you wish to avoid embarrassing questions from your family, friends and the drugstore clerk who sold her additional products to counteract her slight miscalculation.

Enjoy, play all the time, even if just inside your head! Christen

PS: I thought that it would be fun to know the ingredients for my entry (15″ tall):

  • Body: cardboard jewelry box, fabric, ribbon, machine embroidered net, celluloid buttons, glass flowers from France
  • Neck: hand painted face, dyed cotton fringe for hair, round cardboard ring left over from Hanah silk ribbon roll, fabric yo-yo, dyed Irish lace, machine embroidered net, ribbon worked flowers, glass baubles from old millinery flowers, plastic leaves, costume jewel
  • Arms: round cardboard ring left over from Hanah silk ribbon roll, fabric yo-yo, dyed Irish lace, hors de oeuvres sticks, glass flowers from France, plastic leaves, metal charms shaped like a gloved hand
  • Legs: round cardboard ring left over from Hanah silk ribbon roll, fabric yo-yo, dyed Irish lace, machine embroidered net, rattail cord, glass flowers from France, glass shoes, found objects (I think that the one on the right was a screw driver made by my dad)
  • ATTITUDE

Techniques used, fabric painting and dyeing, a little hand sewing, with the bulk of the assembly being done with glue: Tacky glue and hot glue. Hours spent enjoying the playful fun, 5:30 am- 1:30 pm.

PSPS: I will be teaching a doll similar to this one for Joggles.com for the fall.

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16 thoughts on “Natural Redhead- Mixed Media Monday

  1. I look at your work and are impressed with your creativety.
    So many details to see, true art that is what your red head doll is.
    She is just fantastic.

    • Thanks Viv! I can certainly sympathize with Bea, I have some experience with hair color gone wrong. At some point I must make a doll with green hair, and the details will explain all…..

    • Thank you herminesplace! I do agree that she is pretty despite her odd assortment of components and textures. It is always a pleasant surprise when pieces and parts from here and there transform into a serendipitous finish.

  2. Oh, Christen, this is so wonderful! She is beautiful,and whimsical. I love the text with her, and your funny story! She would make a great ATC- copy to size, throw on a couple little embellishments, send me one! hahaha. Truly, this should be published in a magazine or book.

    • Thank you for your kind words of praise. Actually I will be teaching a doll similar to Bea for Joggles.com in the fall, so everyone can have one if they want!

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