It all started with a box. It was a box a new cell phone came in, perfectly white, with three tiny sections which I knew would be perfect to hold… something. A tiny doll? A mouse? A little portrait?
It ended with a story.
“Once upon a time, there lived a tiny girl on whom had been placed an enchantment, so that in her sleep each night she became a small white mouse with soft ears and pink paws….”
I’m always trying to find ways to connect my writing and my art dolls, and for the first time, I was able to use them both to create a very special project.
“Little Mouse-Skin” is an Entire Miniature Art Doll Set, Complete with its Own Original Fairy Tale
I began by sculpting and sewing a tiny art doll and mouse to fit into the little sections of my box. Little Mouse-Skin, the doll, is about 6 1/2 inches tall, sculpted from Paperclay and painted with watercolors, with tiny jointed limbs and little mohair curls. Her outfit, consisting of a soft striped cotton dress, a muslin apron, a watercolor lace cloak, and a special lace crown, is entirely removable, something I’ve never done with a miniature doll before. Her mouse other self is handstitched from white mohair, with tiny pink paws, a leather tail, and little bead eyes and nose.
The little white box which started me on the whole project I painted with watercolors, adding a bed of grass for the mouse to sleep on and a tiny garland of bluebells.
As I worked on this doll and her mouse, I began to imagine a story for her, a tiny fairy tale to fit the scale I was working on, and the miniature tale which would tie the whole set together was born.
“When the girl dreamed, her delicate tail curled around herself, she dreamed of her nose twitching in the morning air, of the brush of soft fur, of the smell of the earth and the warm winter sleep in her underground lair. Because of this enchantment, the girl was known to the other inhabitants of the forest as Little Mouse-Skin…”
“Little Mouse-Skin: A Fairy Tale of Miniature Proportions” is a Tale of Enchantment and Surprising Transformations
I had so much fun imagining the life my tiny girl lived in the forest, and in bringing about the surprising transformations which led to her happily ever after. As I worked on my story, I also began painting watercolor illustrations to go along with it.
My art doll set includes the only professionally printed copy of “Little Mouse-Skin,” a small 5×5 book which is decorated with my watercolors, though I’m also offering a smaller hand-bound version of the tale.
My Little Mouse-Skin art doll set, featuring the miniature doll, hand-stitched mouse, tiny outfit, hand-painted box, and printed copy of the story, is currently available in my Etsy shop.