So, there’s this thing on the social medias (see, you can tell I’m super social media savvy by how I talk about it) where people say that May is “Mer-May” and they draw and celebrate mermaids, for I suspect, no reason except that mer-May sounds cool.
There maybe a nuance to this whole thing I am missing? I’m not sure.
Anyway, I thought it was a great excuse to collect up a bunch of the different mermaid paper dolls I’ve done over the years and share them here. I don’t think all of my work is super kid friendly, but when I draw mermaids I’m nearly always thinking about kids. I loved mermaids as a child. So, I think of these as all being mermaid printables for kids, where as some of my like- post-apocalyptic stuff is maybe less kid friendly.
Some of these are designed to be magnetic paper dolls and you can print them on magnetic paper. They are super addicting to play with (if you like dress up games and such- if you don’t like dress up than um… I don’t know if this is really the blog for you.)
24 Mermaid Printables for Kids
Hopefully, I will get more mermaids drawn this month. I have a few sketched, but I haven’t gotten them inked or scanned or even close to completion. So, stay tuned for that update and, as always, if you’re curious what I’m up too than you can follow me on the social medias for more in-progress images.
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.
My favorite novel as a kid was Treasure Island. I loved that book (and I still do). I also adore a good pirate movie full of ship and swashbuckling. It’s just so much fun! Historical inaccuracies abound and I enjoy them very much. That’s part of why I love creating pirate paper dolls.
I do not, I want to make this clear, draw historically accurate pirate paper dolls. And these are all pretty traditional pirates, I omitted some of what I call pseudo-pirates (like Tuesday’s paper doll outfit) and stuck with pirate traditionalists.
17 Free Pirate Paper Dolls to Print
All right, y’all I’m not sure what next week will look like, but this week was fun! I wanted to make sure folks know that if they join on Patreon (by clicking that big banner below) there’s an extra Friday paper doll outfit! And this time it’s Qi Lolita themed. Check it out by joining at the 2 dollar or up level.
By the way, if you do the math, at 2 dollars a month that’s 50 cents a paper doll outfit, plus you get a behind the scenes blog, polls and generally get to listen to me ramble. Who doesn’t enjoy random Rachel rambling? (I hope you kinda enjoy it or one has to wonder how you’ve ever enjoyed PTP.)
Of all the paper doll series I’ve ever done, there’s something about these steampunk coloring pages I did for two years creating different pieces for a neo-Victorian fantasy trousseau that I still adore. It was just so much fun to create and tapped into my love of trousseaux.
But I’d never rounded up all this set and put it together before, I thought I would today. If you have a chance, I would urge you to visit each post, because there are detailed explanations of the outfits in these steampunk coloring pages and where they came from. Many of them were inspired by actual Victorian clothing and I often link to the sources.
Greta’s Trousseau: A Collection of Steampunk Coloring Pages
Now, I will openly admit that I have a lot more steampunk paper doll stuff that you can see under the steampunk and Victorian inspired paper doll tags, but I still have a soft place in my heart for these pages.
Maybe it’s because I’m a cardigan wearing librarian in the real world (seriously, I wear a cardigan to work nearly very day), but people are always shocked to find me listening to the Sex Pistols and the Ramones in my car.
I don’t know why. I love 1970s classic punk music and so today I thought I’d feature the paper dolls I’ve drawn embracing punk fashion. I think this is all of them, but this collection wasn’t was easy to put together as some of my other archives dives might be.
Most of the Punk Paper Dolls of Paper Thin Personas
I know it might have been more apropos to do a cybergoth round up today, since that was this week’s theme, but as I’ve only ever drawn one cybergoth paper doll- Circuits and Fishnet– before this week I didn’t feel like that was really enough for an archives dive when a simple link would do.