Guardian of the Gate: Printable Paper Doll with Armor

warrior-guardian-color-logoThis holiday season I’m visiting family in Arizona. My mom and I went to Tucson to see the miniature museum called The Mini-Time Machine.

It was absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend it to anyone in the area.

Anyway, onto paper dolls… I had a lot of trouble coloring this paper doll set. I didn’t want to do bright colors, but I also didn’t want to do everything grey and gold. I ended up developing a color palette based on mossy green and eggplant purple. I named it Watcher at the Gate. I knew I wanted the armor to feel as much leather as it did metal, so I added grey-browns. You can see all my palettes on ColorLovers, though I confess I only recently started saving them there.


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I have created a lot of different paper dolls over the years, as anyone who spends any time digging around the archives could tell you. My favorites are ones where I get to do something different that I haven’t really done before. I think today’s set falls into the category. I can’t think of another paper doll I’ve drawn for the blog which is quite like this paper doll.

So, on Wednesday, there will be a round up of every historical paper doll I have ever posted on the blog (kinda amazing list, actually) and then on Friday… well, actually, I have no idea what goes up Friday. I need to work on that. 🙂

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  1. Totally loving this set, especially the two tops between her pants/shoes. Her hair’s pretty cool, too. ^.^

    On another note, I lived in Tucson for 13 1/2 years and I’d never heard of the Mini-Time Machine.

  2. I stumbled upon your blog about a week ago and I have since become semi-obsessed with it. This paper doll in particular is what caught my attention. I LOVE IT! I have looked at many of your other dolls and I think they are all great. I really appreciate the variety of subjects and styles.

  3. I love this blog!
    This doll in particular kinda looks like my dream Marisole, but not quite. My dream doll is a futuristic young lady, but without armor. I imagine her wearing a long skirt and a shirt with short puffed sleeves with a vest over it. She would have shoulderlength hair that would be loose, except for two braids that are crossed in the back, like a crown. She would be black and white so I could color her myself. She might have a couple weapons, but not overkill. If this sparks any ideas for a future paper doll, that would be awesome. Also, if there are any paper dolls already on the site that look semi like her or might hang out with her, please let me know!

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