Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Shrine Angel Doll

I have decided to name my art doll, Journey.
I've created a few dolls over the years. Usually cloth dolls, like Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, Holly Hobby dolls, sock dolls, and even button dolls. Making an art doll, a shrine angel, with a paper clay head, and a wood box body was an unexplored journey for me.
If you've been following my blog you know that I took a free class with Daryle Cook at Cloth and Clay Doll Makers. Making my doll was not a smooth journey at all. I wasn't able to find an old box when I began the class. On a trip to the craft store I saw the little row boat. I didn't buy it that day but I kept thinking about it for over a week. Those who know me know that I love beach things. I decided the little row boat would be my body box (shrine).  It took me quite a while to work out the details. What I did find is that I really enjoyed creating the doll head and playing with the paper clay.

I actually liked his face better before the crackling and antiquing.

He's wearing a black sock cap trimmed with a star fish and a sterling silver hoop earring.
There is a piece of sheet music on the back of the boat. Bridge Over Troubled Water, written by Paul Simon. Written on the oars (arms), and along the edges of the shelves, and reflected in the letter blocks are lyrics from the 1977 song by Styx, Come Sail Away With Me. Sea shell decorative paper lines the bottom inside of the boat. The treasure chest on the last shelf holds a collection of sea glass. A snippet of music with the lyrics "all your dreams are on their way" is on the lid of the chest. His wings are made with Grunge board and sheet music. The anchor tag has scripture from Isaiah 40:31.
Can you find the butterfly in the boat?
This angel was one of the dolls I made several years ago.
I suppose her name would be Miss Liberty.
I am on a new journey in my life.
Posting with Pink Saturday.


  1. Linda... the boat shrine doll body is perfect; as are all of the additional pieces. the oar arms are charming. Your crackle effect adds so much interest and texture... I wish you were more satisfied with it. I had to chuckle when I read the post about looking for a shrine body... I have that very same boat in my "stash"... it is just waiting to become a shrine doll body! Kudos and blessings to you! Daryle

  2. He has turned out so very well! He is fantastic Linda and you should be so proud of what you've done! I loved him before you even did his body, but you've been so creative and clever in the making of it. You have so many more lovely little touches/embellishments than I managed to add to mine. :)

    I was only thinking about you today actually wondering about how you were getting on with your house and this little man, and here you are! :)

    p.s. the butterfly is in the centre beside 'with me'? xxx

  3. Hi Linda, OUTSTANDING!! I love your new shrine doll and the theme you used is perfect. The boat body was the best idea for it and all the details and elements you added make it so interesting. Love how you accented using sheet music with lyrics to go along with your theme. The doll head is incredible. You did a wonderful job and it looks like you've designed these for years. You are a great talent.
    Also love seeing your Miss Liberty doll too.
    Thanks for sharing your journey!!
    Hugs and Blessings, CM

  4. Simply a MASTERPIECE! Linda, you did it again. I'm practically speechless going through your magnificent work of art. This doesn't look one bit simple. You know I love the theme...the written oars, the shells, and all the details, and THAT FACE!!! That face must have been so difficult to make. I'm beyond impressed, but I knew you'd do it. You're an gifted artist.
    Let's see now, the butterfly. Without looking at other comments, it seems to be behind the blocks that spell "with me" ???
    Miss Liberty is beautiful too.
    Thank you for sharing, friend, and thank you for your lovely comment.
    Hope you like your roses. :)

  5. From journey to journey...all of life, my friend. Sigh... Just when we master one trail, new territory challenges us. I say all we can do is keep moving, and try to enjoy each journey.
    Thank you so much for the graduation wishes. Still above the clouds. :)


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