August 18, 2012

diy wedding cake topper

"What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Here is the key to your earthly pursuits"  
- Carl Jung
Feeling artsy? Here is a fun project adopted from an artist and teacher Carla Sonheim. In the original version these dolls meant to be created as an exercise for mixed-media artists. We decided to turn Carla's dolls into a wedding cake topper. What makes it even more fun that you can personalize the dolls by giving them your own looks (hair color, personal style, etc.). You can even add your pet into the picture.
Photo by 'corsets and TRAINS'

You will need:

* recycled cereal box (we used a back page of Val's drawing pad, which had the same color and texture but allowed painting on both sides)
* red water-soluble marker
* flat brush
* gesso (available in all craft stores)
* water-soluble crayon, an appropriate skin color
* water-soluble crayon for hair
* damp rag or paper towel
* pencil
* fixative ( we used a spray)
* scissors


1. With your water-soluble marker, block in your figures. Since these lines will be mostly obscured, there is no need to be fussy with detailing at this step.
2. With your flat brush, paint a layer of gesso over the drawing. Try to get it as smooth as possible. Notice that the marker will show up through the gesso so you can still see your drawing. Let dry.
3. Color the face and arms with your skin-colored water-soluble crayon.
4. Rub smooth with a slightly wet paper towel or rag.
5. Draw the hair with your crayons, using a paintbrush to soften if desired. Outline the entire figure in pencil.
6. If desired add pastel cheecks with the end of your pinkie finger. Spray with fixative. Cut out your figures, and create stands for them by cutting a circle shape in half and cutting 1/2 of an inch (1.3 cm) slits in the stand and the figure.  
7. Done! 


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