Mixed Media Paper Dolls

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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

-pablo picasso

Currently in my purse (so I can sneak in some reading while waiting in lines at the bank drive-thru or when I get caught in traffic) is The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge.  It’s a fascinating read that, among other things, describes how everyday thoughts and actions can physically change the structure and capacity of the brain.  Specifically, education, such as taking adult continuing education classes, increases the number of branches among neurons in the brain.  An increased number of branches drives the neurons farther apart, thereby increasing the volume and thickness of the brain.  This discovery has allowed scientists to often correct learning disabilities in children with simple brain exercises.

Personally, I’m drawn to any scientific evidence that supports me taking even more classes than I already do.  In addition to the cooking classes I’ve been doing once a month, I’ve also recently enrolled in a jewelry making class–the thought of wearing some of my own creations is absolutely electrifying~!

Last year, I took an acyllic class at the Delaplaine, and, while I learned that I don’t necessarily enjoy spending 3 hours painting 1 lemon, I had the most fun after the class, experimenting with the medium in my own way using mixed media.  These paintings (above and below) included torn pages from a French Saveur, old vintage books, and lots of scraps from some gorgeous papers I’ve been working with lately.

I’ve found through my “class addiction” that sometimes discovering what I don’t like is just as valuable as discovering what I do.  Before rejecting it although, which can be necessary at times, leaving room to experiment can lead to a delicious derivation that really works.

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The paintings are going on the walls of my craft room, as daily reminders to “Begin Again” and “Meet Each Moment as a Friend”.

For me, this project using Mixed Media Paper Dolls is a brilliant marriage between papers, colors, and textures I love and personal mantras that inspire daily.


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January 20, 2014 - 7:03 am

Veronica - I really love these images. I love displaying uplifting and positive reminders where I do my work

January 20, 2014 - 7:04 am

Veronica - I really love these images. I love displaying positive and uplifting reminders where I do my work

January 20, 2014 - 9:07 am

Handties - I like your work..

January 20, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Kungphoo - Great images! I am a positive person and always like positive images.

January 20, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Deanna Heiliger - WOW, these are really beautiful!

January 20, 2014 - 6:23 pm

Denise Pattton - I absolutely love them and think you should try making a short run of postcards of them and getting them into shops xxx

January 20, 2014 - 6:28 pm

raymond Del Rosario - Great post very beautiful paintings

January 20, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Marilyn - wow! This is done with scrap papers? That is beautiful. What a fun way to play with different mediums.

January 20, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Sue - I would be a professional student if I could make money doing it! LOL. I agree with you that learning all he time is great thing. I have mad my own jewelry before and it is a lot of fun. And if someone compliment it, even better! Have a Scetnsational Day!

January 20, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families - These are beautiful pieces and very creative. I love how you used old books and other stuff to make these beautiful masterpieces.

January 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

Meli Horowitz - I really like your artwork, the themes the colors. Learning what you don’t like and being open to it, accepting it, is very important! Congratulations!

January 21, 2014 - 4:19 am

Marielle Altenor - Wow the paintings are amazing!

January 21, 2014 - 5:47 am

Dov Shapira - Wow Jessica, I am so impressed, those are beautiful !!
I love it

January 21, 2014 - 10:03 am

Grace Sims - Very inspiring to read from another artist. Its intriguing how each our artists minds work differently. Beautiful work!

January 21, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Jennifer Clay - I love all the colors in the artwork. I will have to check out this book and see how I like it.

January 27, 2014 - 3:55 am

Roxanne - I’m about to start exploring mixed media techniques for decorating my candle containers. I’m so excited. I’ll have to blog about my experience with it. It just seems to add so much more to your craft! Great job!

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