Archive | September, 2015

Dress 81

30 Sep

Got a bunch of work and a fever, so work may wait. Bleh.

Anyway, today’s outfit is for Jo. (You can get her here).

Here’s the pin it’s based on.

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It’s the fancy dress I promised you. The pin has only the back of the dress visible, so I had to make up the front. Until it was colored, I didn’t like it, but it turned out really good. Or at least I like it.

Tempted to go to bed but I hate to abandon Dad…

Happy paper dolling!

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Dress 80

28 Sep

I have a book cover to work on but I may do it tomorrow and get some writing done. I’m redoing chapter one. Bah.

Today’s “dress” is for Thane  (You can get him here). Of course it’s not really a *dress* – Thane would object to that.

Here’s the pin it’s based on.

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I realized Jo has a BUNCH of fancy dresses (including one coming in the next post) but he has nothing to wear to a party, so here it is. Luckily men’s wear is not as creative as women’s, so he can wear this tux several times and no one will notice.

Off to either do a book cover or writing or both. Happy paper dolling!

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Dress 79

27 Sep

Okay, I missed a couple of days because I went to bed early. So I am posting this now, just in case I do it again.

I had a nice weekend, so that’s something. Had pizza at a friends, and played an interesting game of Sorry. Also went garage sale-ing, and that is always fun.

Anyway, today’s dress is for Ethne  (You can get her here).

Here’s the pin it’s based on.

dress 79B

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I am fairly happy with this. I should have done some deformation on the texture to make it not such straight lines, but I didn’t. That’s how it goes.

Not much else to say, so Happy Paper Dolling!

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Dress 78

24 Sep

Today’s “dress” is for Thane  (You can get him here). Of course it’s not really a *dress* – Thane would object to that. It is, however, a set of jammies.

Here’s the pin it’s based on.

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I probably should have just drawn the stripes in by hand instead of trying to be clever and use a texture, but I can’t help but always try to cut corners. Someday I might learn. In the meantime, it looks alright. And I gave him a coffee cup because what else does someone who is still in their jammies need but coffee?

And to anyone who actually reads the posts: Four days until the new dolls’ unveiling (Juli already guessed who it is).

Happy Paper Dolling!

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Dress 77

24 Sep

I spent ALLLLLL friggin’ day today working on formatting the Ink Slingers’ Halloween Anthology – well, all day that I was at the computer. There were a lot of interruptions. The basement flooded (it’s only about a quarter to a half inch and only in the first room, but it begs the question: Where did the water come from?), then I had to help hubby go to Red Oak to fetch some crates (His workplace gives them away regularly and he wanted to grab them before they got wet.) Then we stopped at Stanton’s compost yard to look for cement blocks, but when we went to go to Villisca’s it was all under water.  mean seriously flooded. After the rain today it’s no wonder.

I could go on, but you don’t care. So…

Anyway, today’s dress is not a dress – it’s a coat and it’s for Katelina  (You can get her here).

Here’s the pin it’s based on.

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click for full size then right click and save as

(She’s wearing outfit 75 under that)

When I was a kid, a lack of coats for dolls was always something that bugged me. And a lack of pajamas and swim suits. How could they go to the beach – an important pastime in the 80s – without a swim suit? And how could they get ready for bed without pajamas? And how in the world could they go out in the cold without a coat? Luckily my very cool mom taught me how to make coats that could go over their clothes (If you leave the coat open but stretch the collar so it goes straight behind the neck you can hang it over them). No, this is not one of those because the design didn’t lend itself to it. Maybe I’ll do one for someone later.

My mother was very cool when it came to artsy things – drawing, painting, writing. She taught me how to do a lot of things, like ruffles, for instance, or the above mentioned coats, or that if you use plastic wrap or cellophane you can actually make see-through paper doll clothes. (this would not work with a print out, needless to say).

Anyway, it’s late and I’m behind, so I am outta here.

Happy Paper dolling!

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P.S. A new doll may be in the future – can you guess who it is?

Dress 76

22 Sep

Well, it rained. The paint remover sort of worked, but the trouble is the wood is now so spongey that it peels up with it (God love old houses) so I didn’t get much scraping done. Thanks weather people for noticing those clouds coming towards us.

I suppose I shouldn’t blame the weather people. But really, an hour and a half before the clouds showed up you’d think they would update things from saying “clear and sunny until Thursday” to “Whoops! Rain!”

Anyway, today’s outfit is for Jo. (You can get her here).

Here’s the pin it’s based on.

Click for full size, then right click and save as

Click for full size, then right click and save as

I don’t have much to share about this one. It didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped, but it’s ok. I colored it while watching Dr. Who with Dad a few days ago. It was the episode that doesn’t work – where the Doctor thinks there is a species who is perfect at hiding and in the end it’s just – surprise – Clara who scared him as a child – blah, blah, as if we need MORE things that are all about/caused by Clara Sue – I mean Mary Sue – I mean… yeah. Clara IS a Mary Sue character. We watched the season premier where Clara – the school teacher – walks into Unit and takes over… Seriously? The Doctor gets to walk in and take over. His assistant does NOT. They’re an assistant: arm candy, an accessory, a little bit of bling who gets captured and asks the right questions. And before anyone screams sexism, I feel the same way when the assistant is male. Sit back, shut up, and know your place as the side kick. You are the tin dog. deal with it. The show is NOT about you. Quit shoving in.

I admit I find it slightly more annoying with Clara being female now – not because she’s a “strong” woman but because EVERY show, EVERY book, EVERY everything is overflowing with “strong women”.  It’s becoming as tiresome a trope as the weak woman used to be. Why can’t we have a range of personalities and strengths? Men get to be all different kinds of characters, why do women have to be one or the other? Why do they now ALWAYS have to be smarter than men no matter what their qualifications are? A “strong woman” with no education could – in TV land – waltz into a hospital and diagnose a patient under a doctor’s nose – so long as that doctor was a man. It was fun at first but it’s such an overused cliche now that I just want some man to smack the smart mouthed chick and tell her to make a sandwich – not because I think women belong making sandwiches, but just because I am bored with the whole trope. There are plenty of ways to be strong without ALWAYS being better than. Yeah, sure, sometimes the characters SHOULD be better than another character – no matter their gender – but that should be based on qualifications of the character, not on what they have – or don’t have – in their jeans. We complained about men doing this so why in the world are we now doing it?

I’m just bored with it all.

Anyway, off to get some stuff done. I hope.

Happy Paper dolling!

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Dress 75

21 Sep

Though the weather app, google weather, and every other weather source I can find says it’s sunny with no chance of rain (even the radar shows nothing) I am sitting nervously under cloud cover. Why nervously? Because I slathered a bunch of paint remover on the house (It makes it soooooo much easier to get that paint off – and this is an “all natural” stuff [sure] that doesn’t have harmful fumes or require breathing masks or any of the rest of it) and if it rains said paint remover (at 1$ a square foot) will wash away. NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Why did I put it on? because it WAS sunny. And every resource said it would stay sunny. So, for the first time in my life I am hoping it does NOT rain. Feel free to hope with me.

Anyway, today’s outfit is for Katelina  (You can get her here).

Here’s the pin it’s based on.

click for full size then right click and save as

click for full size then right click and save as

Katelina is happy to have some “normal” clothes for a change. Though she looks meaty in them – to be fair she looks meaty in everything. The brother and I were discussing that. Unlike the Jo doll, Katelina is based on a real person (though I still shaved inches off all over because she looked huge on paper even though in real life the model is maybe a size 8), and I think we’re all so used to the insanely skinny “cartoon” women that to see a drawing that is even close to normal or realistic proportions just looks wrong. Add to that that her head is the normal size instead of being the too-big anime style, and she looks even chunkier.

Now here’s the really fascinating thing: if given a choice, as a chunky-in-real-like/we-should-all-be-nicer-to-people-who-aren’t-models gal, I still prefer the hyper-skinny Jo doll or even the totally out of proportion Esthme doll to make clothes for because they are “prettier”. I find Katelina sort of manly and in-elegant and know that no matter what I dress her in she will never look svelte and sexy. (Kind of like me – ha ha!)

I find this interesting because it demonstrates the societal bias I have unwittingly soaked up over the years, despite my desire to be more enlightened, and it also demonstrates the sort of bias we all have on everything, from people to coffee cups. Our definitions of pretty might be different, but everyone is first attracted to the object that is formed with their preferred aesthetic. I think the interesting question is where do e get these aesthetics from? Why do i find the hyper-thin, anime style people more attractive?Is it because I loved anime as a small child? (I always thought that the Amalthia in the Last Unicorn was beautiful) Or was I born with these preconceived ideas (perhaps from a past life?) and simply found an attraction to the cartoons that held a pre-created aesthetic?

Too deep for a paper doll post, so I end it here.

Happy paper dolling!

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