I made you a present to celebrate it being almost a year since I started sharing my work online and as a thank you for all the amazing support, emails, reviews, and general loveliness I’ve had coming my way since taking the (at the time) very scary step of putting my work out there. I was going to share this at Christmas but the fantastic Mr Finch beat me to it with his amazing fox paper doll, so I thought I’d hang back a bit.
OK, so you can print out these two pages on normal printer paper but I would recommend something slightly thicker. I printed mine out on medium weight cartridge paper. You can also print it out on paper and then glue the whole thing onto card before cutting it out. The first page has a basic doll’s body and the second page has three alternative faces and shoes that you can cut out and glue on top of the basic body.
Then it’s over to you! You can draw, paint, colour, dye, dab with tea bags to make her look a bit antique-ish, whatever you like. I’ve doodled on mine with a fine line pen. It’s a lot easier to draw and colour the doll before you cut her out.
Cut out the individual pieces with scissors or a craft knife the join the pieces together at the little crosses with paper fasteners or tie them together the way I have with thread or yarn. I’ve used a combination of both.
I really hope you like it! It’s actually kind of exciting and a bit daunting to put something out there for other people to take in their own direction and I would love to see what you come up with, so please feel free to share your paper doll photos on my Facebook page or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download the PDF pattern here paper-dolls
PS Please don’t sell this, publish it as your own work, use it to make things to sell, adapt it to sell it, use it in any sort of dark magic type rituals or generally profit from this in any way that is just plain shabby or unpleasant. Instead make it, play with it, frame it, give it to people you love and enjoy it.