Happy Friday! One of my favorite kinds of Japanese street fashion is Lolita, which is a style inspired (vaguely) by Victorian Children’s clothing. I do wish it didn’t have such a sexualized name, but then I didn’t name it. So, there’s nothing for that, I suppose.
It’s really a pity that Nabokov’s novel means that I can no longer hear the name Lolita and not feel sort of creeped out by the experience. On the other hand, maybe he deserve props for his skillful writing. (By the way, I think the novel Lolita is among the most amazing works of the 20th century, but it’s not exactly kid friendly.)
Lolita Fashion Paper Dolls
One of the fun things about Lolita fashion is, like any sub-genre of anything, there’s layers upon layers of nuance and sub-categories. So, my Lolita forays have included Sailor Lolita, Gothic Lolita, Country Lolita, Sweet Lolita, Princess Lolita, and Classic Lolita, plus I included in this archives round up a few pieces that while not strictly Lolita were very much influenced by the style. Whatever you Lolita Fashion preference, I should have something that will do. I am missing Pirate Lolita or the sort of Punk Lolita looks which involve plaid. Plaid and I do not get along. There are words when I draw plaid.
As a friendly reminder, there’s a Friday paper doll on Patreon every week. Pledge 2 dollars a month, and you get access to all the past and future Friday paper dolls. One of those was a Qi Lolita set which was really fun to create.
I love drawing paper dolls for various holidays. So, here are all the 4th of July paper dolls I’ve created for the site. I wanted to post these early, so if you wanted to print some out for kids at a party or something, than you’d have time before the big events on the 4th.
4th of July Paper Dolls to Print
So, I am from Alaska, as a lot of you know, and in my home town the fireworks go off on midnight of the 3rd, because it doesn’t get dark until close to 11 pm. Some of my fondest childhood times were spent trying to stay up late enough to see the fireworks on the beach.
The 4th of July sneaked up on me this year, so we’ll see if I have time to get something draw for the Jewels and Gemstones to celebrate the holiday.
Secretly, I think of this set as paper doll knights, the practical armor edition. Because I also have a love of super impractical armor and I suspect someday I’ll have to gather those up too for a collection.
10 Knight Paper Dolls
It always fascinates me to see all of one style of paper doll in one place, especially when the dates range from the early part of the blog’s life back in 2014 with Rebecca Grace to something I created just a few month my Noble Knight set.
And, since it is Friday, I thought I would remind folks that there’s a Friday paper doll on Patreon every week. Just 2 dollars a month gets you access.
I love 1960s fashion. So, I also love paper dolls of the 1960s and these paper dolls are my ode to that era and it’s amazing fashions. Seriously, drawing this beehive for Abigail was maybe the most fun thing I’ve done in a while. I still find the beehive one of those hairstyle that you think must be a joke, until you find vintage photos.
And then it is like, nope… that was a real thing. (Yes, I know I can’t make too much fun- I was alive in the 1990s.)
Paper Dolls Of the 1960s & Clothing of the 1960s
The other really great thing about the 1960s is how colorful it was. One of the best parts of that decade was that they really embraced radical color schemes. I know some people might argue some of the radical color schemes weren’t attractive, but as someone who loves color. I think it is super fun.
As always, it is Friday, so a friendly reminder that over on patreon there’s a Friday Paper Doll Post for my 2 dollar and up patrons every Friday.
In honor of Monday’s super hero paper doll, I thought it would be fun to show a few of the other Super Hero paper dolls I’ve drawn over the years. Also, I saw Captain Marvel this week and really enjoyed it. I guess I’m just in a super hero mood!
Super Hero Paper Dolls!
An interesting fact about comic books: Before digital printing, comics were printed using four color printing. The colors were yellow, cyan (blue), magenta (red) and black. Every other color was made up of dots of these colors printed in various percentages. This meant there were only about 64 colors that could be used in comic books and, in reality, about half of them in darker shades looked the same in print. So, choices were often made based on which colors were more easy to print and would stand out. That’s why bold color contrasting combinations (red and blue, green and purple, blue and yellow, ect… ) tend to show up. It was easier to print and you got better results.
So, I tend to stick to this same principle when I’m designing Super Hero paper dolls. Meanwhile, as some of you probably already figured out, I’m stepping away from a regular schedule. I’ll be updating erratically- ideally three times a week or so, but no promises on that either.
If you want more regular updates, then join us on Patreon where there will be a Friday paper doll or outfit.
I know, I know it’a not Friday. I’m mixing things up this week. The thing is that if say a parent wanted to print out a Valentine’s Day Printable for their kid, it would be much easier to do that today rather than wait until Thursday.
So, while there will be a Valentine’s paper doll on Thursday, I thought should do my weekly archives post today in case one of these other Valentine’s Day paper dolls might be something you might want to use.
I will also add, I felt a little weird putting this together, because it will be out of date the moment I get up this years paper doll, but that happens.
Valentine’s Day Paper Doll Printables
Valentine’s Day is one of my two favorite holidays to draw paper dolls for. The other is Halloween, of course.
Do you have a favorite holiday to create for? Let me know in a comment.