Monday, March 10, 2014

Blessed Hearts

My friend, Barb Owens, recently showed on her Ustream "Creating Faces" some wonderful little folk art dolls she created and calls her "Affirmation Dolls".  I fell in love with the idea and had to try it myself.

Blessed Hearts
Affirmation Doll

I had Crayola Air Dry Clay on hand for some time (a 2-1/2 pound tub for a $4.00 found at Target).  We had the baby powder already (bonus! lol).  I got the faces mold, Lumiere Exciter Mini-Pack and the T.H. Idea-ology Chit Chat booklet from on line shopping at Hobby Lobby.

Her face was painted with Pearlescent Watercolours in flesh and rose tones.

Her dress is made of snippits of paper, woven together and adhered with double stick tape on the back to a cardstock.  On the front, I layed a thin layer of Liquitex Matte Gel to weld the weave.

Her feet and wings were hand drawn and created from more paper, double backed for strength and sandwiched in between the front and back of her dress. 

Wire wrapped in Pink Ribbon was used for her arms.

6 Strand Heavy Embroidery Floss was separated and used to make her hair which was painted yellow and gold with a combination of Pearlescent Watercolour paints.  Another unseparated strand was used for her dangle.

Her crown and the star in her hand were more Idea-ology items and a little opalescent sparkling gem was added at the top of the star ring to help hold in place.

Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet was daubed along all the edges of dress, wings, feet and arms and words.

A bit of lace to the bottom of her dress and the Idea-ology words "blessed" and "hearts" were added to the dress to finish my doll.

Barb did her little dolls very quickly which you will see if you watch the video.  Mine took about 3 days after the faces were dry.  I'm OLD and slow!   lol    Also, while I did get a few of the items which were necessary (like the face mold and word stickers) I determined to make do with supplies on hand for the rest of her and did some experimentation with items that I didn't end up using after all ... like the stained cheese cloth and the cream ribbon on the double stacked set shown in the lower right photo.   I didn't end up using the Lumiere Exciter Mini-Pack either and went with the Pearlescent Watercolours.

I SO enjoyed this process and have more doll faces I will be playing with again.  Thank you Barb for sharing what you love and do with me and others ... your creativity is amazing!

"Blessed Hearts"


  1. Your affirmation doll is absolutely delightful, Von! A lot of detail and a lot of work, but she is so worth your effort! Love her!!

    1. Thank you Kay! You should see my friend, Barb's -- they are just so charming!! ((hugs))


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