“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Monday, June 11, 2012

Rosalina and Poe

Every time I look through Lisa Kettell's book Altered Art Circus, I'm so inspired!
For my latest design team project I decided on making my own version of "Miabelle and Gertie", one of the creations from this incredible book.

small crown
pink wool roving
small Styrofoam bird
small wooden disk about 2 inches in diameter
model magic in white
acrylic paint in peach, pink, dark pink, rust, dark brown, black
black spray paint
pink tulle
scrapbook paper
paper flowers
assorted charms
assorted ribbon
pipe cleaner
doll hands
black glitter
hot glue

Spray paint birdcage, set aside to dry.
form doll head and torso out of model magic, poke pipe cleaner through to form arms, let dry overnight.
once dry, paint peach and add features using acrylic paint.wrap ribbon around torso to make bodice of dress.wrap more ribbon around pipe cleaners for sleeves.attach doll hands with hot glue.
hot glue wool to head and carefully mold into desired shape.
add rhinestones and crown.
hot glue bird to disc, paint black, cover with glitter, let dry.attach small birdcage charm to head of bird then glue bird to inside of cage.
attach assorted charms to cage.
glue doll to top of cage.
add paper flowers to doll and cage.place strips of accordioned scrapbook paper on sides of cage.
secure ribbon to base of cage.
tie pieces of tulle to back of cage.
make a bow with ribbon glue onto waist of doll.

doll parts can be found in the baking section of craft stores
you can add butterfly wings to back of doll.
children's jewelry can be used in place of crown
Buy Lisa's book 'Altered Art Circus' in her art fire shop


  1. So very charming, Marfi. Love your sweet creation!


  2. wowee she is fabulous and thank you for all the information. Totally adore your wonderful doll. x

  3. So cute and funky. Thanks for sharing.

    Happiness to all.

  4. You did a beautiful job! She is just lovely!

  5. Ooo what a great idea, she's beautiful.

  6. I'm in love, this is beyond amazing, so magical and enchanting! you are brilliant my friend!



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