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5.27.2018

Midsummer Challenge

Image : Art doll by Jay Stelling from True Colours Challenge 2017.

ADO CHALLENGE April - June 2018 


MIDSUMMER 
Create an art doll inspired by the theme 'Midsummer' - ideas include "A midsummer night's dream', summer solstice, summer holidays, summer flowers, summer fashion, sunshine,summer pastimes, midsummer history and rituals , festivals,feasting, singing, Maypole dancing... T
his "MIDSUMMER" challenge will start on 21 April and finish on 21 June 2018. 
Please post an image of your doll (s) (completed or in progress) any time from now on this Event Page  You do not need to be a member of Art Dolls Only to participate. 

This is not a competition but a prompt to inspire you to create, challenge you to try something different and a shared showcase of art dolls inspired by the challenge theme. 

Please click JOIN  on the event page if you would like to participate.  .This challenge allows plenty of time but don't stop at one art doll! You can use any medium ie paper, cloth, felt, clay etc but the creation MUST be a doll in representation. 

It is understood by participating in this challenge and posting  images of your work, your photos will also be used ( credit given) on the ADO blog. and/or other ADO social media. You do not need to do anything as I will transfer them to the relevant sites after the challenge. - 
Hope you will enjoy the challenge, Wilma

Please contact me via the comments here or via ADO messages on the Facebook page  if you have questions. 

6.04.2017

Color or Colour? Challenge Dolls



Here in Australia, the spelling is "colour" but I know that in other parts of the world, it is "color". What does it matter when  beautiful dolls are made for the Art Dolls Only Color /Colour Challenge which finished at the end of May 2017  . Thank you to all who entered and to all who admire , I hope you will be inspired for the next challenge.  Enjoy these wonderful art dolls ... Wilma 

Forest Fairy
Wings made from organza embroidery beads.The dress felt wool with nice vintage needlework.
 . The doll is made from polymer clay. Doll size 40cm

Wood Fairy for Tickled Pink.
Made from piece of found wood and wire armature wrapped in soft cotton.
I live next to the Shenandoah National Forest, USA. which  inspired my Wood Fairies.
There are lots of trees in our town, so I pick up broken pieces of trees, acorns etc.
The Fairies are bendy and have wool hair.

A doll for the colours challenge:
 'Maybe I'm not all that yellow' (The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger)  

Neon Orange

Brown 

 Blue in the Face:
"Hippie Highness is a hand-painted baby doll wrapped in material and pieces of yarn. Her name comes from the peace insignia scarf, her beaded necklaces and Hand-designed headdress.

Green with Envy:
"Alexa" was once upon a time a mint can.
Now she is an intense little reminder to stand up for yourself and what you believe!

GLAMOR PUSS (Tickled Pink).
Hand stitched and embroidered wool/rayon felt, buttons, polyfill. 7 1/2" tall.

 She was "green with envy"
 but realised that this was not a good feeling to experience....
 Needle felted doll form, with cloth over clay head and some hand stitching with beads 

 Height 18cm /7.5ins

3.13.2017

Art Dolls Only Challenge 2017: True Colors



All doll makers love a challenge... Do you need a little motivation to make a doll?
Here it is - Art Dolls Only is hosting a doll challenge called "True Colors" .... 
I am sure you have heard of these colloquial sayings.... 
"white as the driven snow" 
"seeing red" 
"green with envy'
'blue in the face"
"tickled pink"
Create an art doll inspired by one of the colorful idioms above.
This challenge starts on 13 March 2017 and  will finish on 13 May 2017
To participate in this challenge - post an image  on our Facebook Event page . If that is not possible for you, just leave me a message on this blog in the comments section below.  I will then message you my email address and you can email me your photo.
You may post an image of your doll (completed or in progress) any time from now.
You do not need to be a member of Art Dolls Only to participate in the challenges shared here!
This is not a competition but a prompt to inspire you to create and a showcase of what you can create.
 .This challenge allows plenty of time but don't stop at one art doll! You can use any medium ie paper, cloth, felt, clay etc but the creation MUST be a doll in representation.
It is understood by posting  your photos they  will also be used ( credit given) on this blog.

Here are some entries in our last challenge " In your Neighbourhood" 

 By Ulla Anobile: I think my CAT'S PAJAMAS qualifies as a neighborhood character, since she's based on a feral (now semi-feral) community cat called Muru. The doll is hand stitched wool/rayon felt, 11 1/2" tall.
by JB Turla: Hi this alexandra.She is a volunteer.She rescue and adopt abandoned,sick and stray cat.She give shelter,food and medicine.She didn't have anything but all she need in return pls.adopt a cat. 
.By  Linda Nowlin (dollsdollsdollsbyLinda)). Meet Gay Wright my ADO challenge doll, who lives on a small gourd farm in Central Texas. A women who knows no limits. Chickens have been one of her passions for many years. In fact, when she comes to visit me she usually brings a live rooster who patiently sits on her lap. Her earrings are made of rooster spurs. Her tee shirts are usually holy covered by a lace over blouse which she crocheted. If she is not fighting off the neighbors goats, she mowing and mowing trying to keep the grass in tow. 

 by Wilma Simmons : left to right - Office manager,  House wife , Florist, Doctor - Machine stitched stump dolls