Beautiful Boho: A Black Paper Doll in Color

boho-logo-colorSummer in Alabama is probably my least favorite season. First of all, it is very hot and humid. Secondly, there are cockroaches. Thirdly, it rains in the afternoons, but the rain doesn’t actually cool anything down.

We are having a freakishly hot June. It’s been in the high 90s for the last week and it is not looking to cool down at all next week. I am miserable in this heat, but I suppose it could be worse.

Someone who is not miserable in the heat (or at least isn’t showing it) is Marisole in today’s colored version of Beautiful Boho. A big part of color selection for me is finding colors I wouldn’t normally think to combine. Part of this is instinct, but I borrow most of my color schemes from various sources around the internet and then alter them as needed. Design Seeds more muted palettes were what I used on this paper doll set. I wanted to use colors that felt like they were modern and came from nature.

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I went back and forth about what to do about Marisole’s glasses in this set. Originally, I had them plain silver, but it just seemed so… well, plain. So, after some debate, I decided to make them a soft grey-teal color. It’s a color that shows up a lot in the paper doll set, but it is also fairly neutral. I also had a lot of fun painting her toe nails with her different sandals.

I don’t think I mentioned this last time, but the paper doll’s hair is based in part on the last hairstyle in this fantastic video of 100 years of black hairstyles 1910 to 2010. My only complaint about the video is that it ignores wigs which were commonly worn by black women, particularly 1940s through the 1960s. Never the less, it is a fascinating time-lapse piece.

Later this week there will be the first Flock post of 2015 (embarrassing but true).

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  1. What surprises me about the color scheme is the bright jump suit. I’d not think of combining that with the muted colors of the other pieces. The long maxi dress is my fav. And the Design Seeds site is fabulous for color combo ideas! Thanks for sharing it.

  2. You could be in Florida with no AC. Its hit the 100s this week.

    I love her blouses and dress. I would totally wear them.

    The 100 Years of Beauty series is one of my favorites right now. I’m trying my darnedest to incorporate the it into my paper dolls somehow.

  3. My favorite pieces are the dress, which is apparently pretty popular, and that purple and yellow shirt next to it. Also that white-ish shirt on the far right. I’d wear them! ^.^

    And I’m totally with you on the heat right now, it’s nuts! But adding to what Lina said, at least we’re not in Florida, or even worse, southern Arizona. There it’s usually 110+ with 80-90% humidity (monsoon season) from late May to about early September. Trust me, you do not want to be outside in that!

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