The Promise of Spring was inspired by the Garden Santos Doll from Paperwhimsy. I chose pale pinks and greens as the main palette, because they’re a good representation of this vibrant and colorful season.
The Promise of Spring Project Instructions:
Start by choosing a color palette and then gather your materials together. The beauty of this little doll is that you can use paint, patterned paper, and all sorts of embellishments to bring her to life.
Once you have selected your palette and you have your materials, you can start painting. The arms, torso, wings, and the stand are the only parts that need to be painted, since everything else will be covered in paper. For the arms and the torso, I wanted a subtle pastel pink, which I managed to achieve with pink milk paint. For the trellis, wings, and base, I used Tim Holtz’s Adirondack Alcohol Metallic Mixatives.
Next, once all of the pieces are painted and dry, trace the doll’s dress onto some mixed papers from Tim Holtz's Wallpaper Paper Stash. Mix and match — use some floral and patterned designs to create an interesting contrast.
Adhere your cutouts to their matching pieces using a little gel medium, and let dry.
To assemble the doll, cut a dowel to size and use it to attach the arms to the body. You can also use wire or brads to put the pieces together.