Wingspread Mixed-Media Art Doll

Wingspread Art Doll

Wingspread Art Doll

Meet “Wingspread,” a mixed-media art doll that I created, using several different techniques to transfer or attach my original photographs and designs to the soft stuffed cotton doll. Most of Wings’ body is decorated with fragments of my Golden Butterfly” photo collage. I used Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) to transfer the Golden Butterfly design to the doll.

Wingspread Art Doll - back

Wingspread Art Doll - back

Here’s Wingspread’s back.  The back of her (his?) head is a TAP transfer of my mandala design that I made from my photos of a monarch butterfly wing and a peacock feather.   This is the image:

And here’s a closeup of the wings on the back:

Anise swallowtail butterfly wing on lutradur

For the large wing on the right side I printed my photo of an anise swallowtail butterfly’s spread wing on lutradur coated with Golden’s Digital Ground. I stitched the wing to the center of the back. I also added a small metal wing, and a dangle of pearl, metal and glass beads.

Wingspread’s headdress is made from beautiful black and white striped hen feathers from Barred Rock hens. They are affixed to the head through another piece of lutradur, which I printed using my photo collage of the open wing of a Barred Rock hen.

Wings wears a colorful bowtie, which I made from my original design fabric.

Wingspread is a bit over 20 inches tall, including the feather headdress.  I love art dolls, and it was so fun to make this one, incorporating my butterfly photos and designs, and using so many different techniques and products.   You can see more pictures at my Artfire gallery.  Have you ever made an art doll?  What materials did you use?

7 comments on “Wingspread Mixed-Media Art Doll

  1. Linda Harbin says:

    Heidi, Wingspread is beautiful! You’ve used so many of your original ideas and talents to create a beautiful doll! Thanks for sharing your techniques too. Linda MidwestieLady

  2. Cannot pick which part is the most amazing of this most-amazing creation. You are SO talented, Heidi. What a vision. I’m thinking the owl face . . . .

  3. Jordan says:

    Wow! This is so original! I love it! As a fellow doll maker and mixed media artist, I can totally appreciate the work and creativity that went into it! Haven’t tried mixing the 2 and making a mixed media art doll yet…. Hmmm…

  4. Beautiful work and thank you for sharing the process you used. I love the owl face you used and the colours are stunning.

  5. gonerustic says:

    Beautiful – I love this! I bought some TAP last year, but haven’t used it yet; you might just have inspired me to give it a go … =D

    • Heidi Rand says:

      Thank you! I love TAP – it’s my favorite iron-on by far. Would love to hear about what you do with it. Oh, it has a shelf life, but if it’s sealed up it should still work fine.

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