I wish every day was Halloween!
For my Halloween art project this year I thought I would try something different.
I love films, film props, costumes, kitsch and pop culture; and of course Halloween. I’ve been interested in art dolls for a while, reading up about making them and finding new doll artists online. In September I found some old dolls in a charity shop – 3 for £5 because the guy working there found them creepy!
Doll One – Ava the Corpse Bride
For my first doll I wanted to make a corpse bride. I actually removed her head to paint it, which I quickly realised wasn’t the best idea – it was so difficult to sew back on!
I used acrylic to paint her blue and a fine liner pen to draw details on her face. I cut off her hair and sewed her head back onto her body using fabric wrapped round the head and head area. For her dress, I had some white cotton fabric which I soaked in watered down black and blue acrylic paint to get a distressed look. I find hand sewing difficult and laborious, but sewed the fabric to her body and wrapped strips round the arms. I layered white organza over this and for a veil I hot glue gunned some organza to a piece of wire and wrapped it around a few times. I glued some fabric flowers around the head and painted these blues and purples.
My corpse bride went through a few alterations on her look – her white hair made me think of the Bride of Frankenstein so I added some stitches but later painted over them. I painted her eyes red and added some fake lashes for detail.
Doll Two – Alice the Demon Nun
Because my first doll was pretty much experimental, I was able to approach my second doll with more knowledge. I didn’t remove her head and used a plastic coat spray before painting her as a primer. I painted her face with a few coats of white and then painted her eyes black, adding red into the white for extra creepiness. I used the fine liner pen to add detail on the eyes and some stitches across her lips.
I cut up her original dress and used it as a makeshift pattern to cut out her new dress from black cotton. This was actually easier than the first doll but I would love a sewing machine to do it properly!
I ordered some doll hair in black and purple online and was really happy with it – I used the glue gun and layered it around her head. I painted her limbs white and added black to the hands. I had to sew her little habit to her head and glue it underneath to keep it from moving. I was really pleased with the silver cross I found in all my beads and metal charms – think it gives her an extra touch of creepiness!
Friday Addams – the Other Addams!
Friday is a complete brat. She is Wednesday and Pugsley’s cousin and when she comes to stay at the Addams family home, she just runs riot with her demands!
Every day is Halloween for Friday, her favourite day of the year, and if she doesn’t get what she wants she becomes a homicidal maniac! This time she demanded a Black spiderweb cake, carved pumpkins and Wednesday’s dolls – all her Tea Party Séance! And all the sweets for herself of course.
Friday truly believes the dolls have past lives. Ava was murdered on her wedding night when her new husband cut out her heart in a jealous rage. Alice was a 16th century nun, sacrificed by the other sisters to the devil to save themselves. Friday wants to contact the spirits of the dolls at her tea party and god help us if she doesn’t get her own way!