April Showers in Full Color

Marisole Monday and Friends Logo and Link to free printable Marisole Monday paper doll First of all, I want to wish a Happy Birthday to my sister without whom I would not have ever started collecting paper dolls. She is the one who bought me my Christopher Columbus Paper Doll Set when I was eight and suggested it was too nice to cut up. This started my uncut paper doll collection.

So, thanks Sis. I love you.

And, speaking of paper dolls… here is last week’s paper doll in cheerful full color. I am pretty pleased with everything about her, except my concerns about her mix and match limited wardrobe. I really like how the rainbow shirt came out and the rain-boots and the bright yellow rain slicker, but I’m still feeling that the mix and match options are a trifle limited.

On the other hand, I’ve done enough plain colored tops over the years that surely there’s something that would match. :)

The playabilty (is that a word?) of a paper doll set is always a major concern of mine. One of the reasons I work in series is because I think it’s more fun to have lots of little ladies and lads who can share clothing, than to have a bunch of paper dolls who can’t. (Of course, I also do it because drawing people is the hardest part of this gig.) There are times I confess that I fantasize about transforming this blog into one where I just posted one outfit a day, everyday.

Someone told me they thought that would be more work than what I do now… honestly, I’m not sure. I think it would depend on how much I had to write about the outfit in question. Post writing is sometimes harder than drawing, to be honest.

Thumbnail link image printable paper doll

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Another little side project I’ve been working on is a magnetic paper doll for a three year old I recently met. Now, I need some help with this as I do not have children of my own…

How large would pieces need to be for a three year old to easily manipulate them? I want to be sure that she can play with her paper doll friend on her own without needing too much assistance from her mother. Thoughts from those with kids or experience with toddlers?

Lastly, there will be a contest coming up, probably towards the end of the month. So, keep your eyes open for that.

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8 Responses to April Showers in Full Color

  1. Ash says:

    A fairly large size is normally easier for younger kids to handle. Think of the paper doll as a mini doll six inches to eight are good to start for the doll. Again keep with an easy shape like lollipop hands and turned out ballerina feet. As for clothing color is key so are basic patterns both will help in the development of the child. Just remember to keep it fun, cheerful and colorful.
    By the way I love your paper dolls. I was wondering if their might be a future for a paper doll in a wheel chair?

    • RLC says:

      Hmmm… Honestly, I had never thought of a paper doll in a wheelchair, though I do think it’s a wonderful idea.

      The biggest challenge would be the bulky nature of wheel chairs. The chairs cover up part of the users body at nearly very angle which means redrawing them, at least in part, for each outfit.

      I suppose you could draw a sitting doll, outfits and then make the wheel chair a third layer over of the doll and outfit… I think that might work.

      I love the idea. I just am not sure at the moment the most effective way to make it actually happen.

    • RLC says:

      Yeah, I was thinking eight inches in height. I wanted to make sure the dolls weren’t TOO big. Sometimes I feel like the Flock is on the edge of too big.

  2. Julie says:

    My nieces played my Paper Janes when they were three and did ok. I think something along your Pixie line would work well for that age group. Sounds like a fun project!

    • RLC says:

      Great advice Julie. I was thinking of drawing a body similar to your Kawaii kids for the base doll. I love that the Kawaii kids are gender neutral in their pose.

  3. Melinda says:

    I can’t wait for the contest! I want to have a custom Marisole.

  4. NaomiK18 says:

    This has to be my very favorite paper doll of yours.

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