I love this art journal because it tells its own story
-- S O U L !
I started sketching Molly Dolly concentrating on her face then her body. I was going back to her arms, but was moved to complete her eyes and mouth - something I normally save for last. You know the expression "eyes are the windows of the soul" - her eyes immediately drew me in.
I like the phrase, "...Molly Dolly touched my soul." because physically she can't touch, but she touched me deeper than through her hands. I saw her soul in her eyes. They so spoke to me. "Molly Dolly has a heart of soul."
Have you ever been sketching, embellishing or painting and a inner voice screams, "STOP!" Molly was not meant to be sketched with arms.
I remembered a doll given to me when I was young. She was an old cloth doll. Her head and legs were wobbly and her arms were completely detached. We had to put her together again.
And so began Molly with a question, "Would we love her just as much if she had no arms?" Could we get past her handicap and see her, I mean really see her? I think we can and if we can in a doll, surely we can in people - for no one is perfect and you have to seek their soul.
Some of the techniques used in the art journal "Soulful Molly" are:
I used a paper bag as my foundation. I painted wonder under with washed down acrylics (not on the release paper side), then it was ironed onto the paper bag painted side down. I removed the release paper and ironed on silver foil in sections using parchment paper to protect my iron. If you are applying foil in sections, try not to hold the iron over the areas not being foiled and cover all areas with the parchment paper. Be patient ironing the wonder under onto the paper bag takes longer than ironing onto fabric.
I saw balloons floating away as I sketched Molly.
White cardstock was painted and lettered to create the balloons. They were then covered with blue organza to create a 3D effect. Molly and the balloons were glued down. A water soluable pen was used on her dress to achieve a watercolor effect.
The paper bag was backed with craft felt (8 1/2 by 12). Layers were created with paint, machine and handstitching.
The fabric leaves were roughly raw-appliqued on the bottom.
Smaller embellished pieces were added in the shape of hearts made from molding paste. The hearts were painted and embellished with beads. An antique glass button was added to the center of the big heart. Some of the glass beads are missing in the button and I knew I was supposed to include it because Molly isn't perfect either -- we all have pieces missing (maybe not visibly).
I fell in love with Molly. I believe this is only the beginning for Molly and Me - our journey -- expressions in art journaling!
Let me know what you think of Molly Dolly. She loves comments too!