Sunday, 24 May 2009

Mannequin Queen

A very special girl is the inspiration behind this piece. It was through her that I found myself in a Sue Ryder Charity shop in Ramsbottom last week. By chance, I came across these wonderful 4" high mannequins at the extremely tempting price of only £1.99 each. The altered artist in me knew I had to have them. And now I am the proud owner of three of these little beauties. Well the designer in me knows I have to do these things in triplet :). Having absolutely zero patience, I began on the first one straight away which is the resulting 'Queen' doll above.

I began by sanding and painting the whole doll in black gesso before adding three layers of purple cosmic shimmer paint. When dry, I dappled perfect pearls over it. I then stamped a swirly design onto violet coloured patterned paper and heat embossed a darker purple onto it. I ran this sheet through my cuttlebug with a die template several times until I had enough pieces to string together to make the skirt.

I attached this to the mannequin with ribbon and tied some black fibres around it. I added the word 'Queen' and glued two feathers to the back. I melted UTEE over a jigsaw piece and laid a pattern stamp over it. When cooled, I added more perfect pearls and three gems, then stuck the whole piece to the skirt. Finally I added a jump ring round the neck area.

From glum to glam in several easy moves. Now to think of a couple more ideas for the other two. Watch this space as they say.


Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW this is stunning. I seem to be more and more drawn to altered art. Although haven't tried it yet! Too scared. Sure I will get there though! I love the Mannequin now. Amazing and fit for a Queen!

Michele said...

Brilliant! You could have a whole new career in fashion design!!

Neet said...

I have a weekend off and lo and behold there's lots of yummy stuff on your blog.

Love these mannequins - what a bargain - pity I didn't get to "Rammy" before you did - must start doing the local charity shops.

Look forward to seeing what you do with the other two.

Sonia said...

Love houw you work in this mannequin... Absolutely Beautiful!!!


Artyjen said...

ooh! Super....
I wonder if our local branch has them too? Must check that out.

Jemma said...

looks great cant wait to see the other two!

Jaqi said...

What a transformation, and what a great find, bet the others will be super too, Jaqi