Art Doll Postcards – New in My Etsy Shop

Sets of 2 – 3 art doll cards are now available for purchase in my Etsy shop! Each of these postcards are professionally printed, standard 4 by 6 cards, and have otherwise blank backs printed with my shop name and information. These are perfect for sending a note to a friend, but also high quality enough for framing as mini prints.

I wanted to bring some variety back to my shop, and offer a few more affordable options for my customers. Right now I’m offering five different sets of cards, each featuring a different doll. I’m offering the sets of two cards at $5.50 plus shipping, and the sets of three at $8.00 plus shipping.

The Mary Poppins Postcard Pack

Three postcards with images of Mary Poppins flying through the sky with her parrot-headed umbrella!

The Peter Pan Postcard Pack

Three cards showing my Peter Pan art doll soaring through a sky of stars.

The Mad Tea Party Postcard Set

These two postcards each feature one of my Alice in Wonderland art dolls attending the Mad Tea Party.

The Fairy Tea Postcard Set

These two postcards are my favorite! They feature images of a miniature fairy tea party that I once set up in my backyard.

The Secret Garden Postcard Pack

Three postcards featuring images of my Mary Lennox and Dickon art dolls created for a project centered around Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.

Shop all the postcards here.

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The Wind in the Willows Project: Watercolor Miniatures

This week I’ve been working on the first sketches for an upcoming project based around Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. I’m planning on making four small art dolls, based on the characters of Mole, Rat, Mr. Badger, and Mr. Toad. To plan out how they’ll look, I started out by doing some watercolor sketches of each of these characters.

While shopping for fabric earlier in the week, I’d come across a set of miniature paper frames. I was so happy with how my watercolor sketches turned out, that I hit upon the idea of using the paper frames with them to create a set of miniature portraits of The Wind in the Willows’ characters.

miniature watercolor portraits of the the characters from kenneth grahame's the wind in the willows

Each watercolor miniature is only about 4.25 by 3 inches, and will be sold together with the finished art dolls. I’ve been stockpiling new fabrics to use in their outfits, and have some beautiful willow print fabric from Spoonflower on its way! I’ll begin sharing more information about this project as soon as I begin sculpting and sewing!

Create Your Own Custom Art Doll

marketing graphic of featuring custom art dolls created by the free folk

I’m going to have some extra time this summer for creating custom dolls!

I’m currently working as a teacher with an arts academy, which means I’ll have the summer off to focus on my art and writing. This will give me some extra time to work on custom art dolls for my customers. If you’ve been thinking about commissioning a custom doll, now’s a great time!

Each of my art dolls are their own, one-of-a-kind characters.

Every art doll that I make is completely unique, and often inspired by my favorite stories. I love coming up with a doll’s character and personality as I work – it’s this that makes my dolls feel alive, almost like magic! If you have a character or idea that you’ve been dreaming of bringing to life, I’d love to create someone for you.

Take a look at the custom order options listed here on my site and in my Etsy shop. Whether you’re looking for an affordable miniature doll or a fully articulated art doll, I offer several price points and options to choose from.

Commission Your Own Miniature Doll

marketing graphic featuring custom miniature art dolls by the free folk

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be whipping up a new batch of mini art dolls to restock my shop. Now’s a great time to commission your own miniature doll – I’d love to make a one-of-a-kind character just for you! Each of my mini dolls are sculpted at 1 inch scale, perfect for life in your dolls’ house or miniature diorama. Additionally, through June 30th these dolls are 15% off when purchased in my Etsy shop.

View the options available here, or head over to my Etsy shop to commission your very own doll.

The Free Folk is Having a Summer Sale

summer sale graphic feature art dolls by the free folk

To celebrate Etsy’s 13th birthday, I’ll be running a special summer sale in my Etsy shop from June 18th through June 30th. For orders placed during this time, you’ll receive 15% off any purchase of $25 or more. I’ll also have some extra time off to spend on creating this summer, so now’s a great time to purchase if you’ve been thinking about commissioning a custom piece!

Happy shopping!

Sculpting and Sewing My First Art Doll of 2018

Victorian art doll with a cloth body and paperclay head and hands

Marietta is my very first art doll of 2018.

Marietta is a young Victorian servant to a country family. She’s taken advantage of washing day to dangle her bare feet in the river, and lie dreaming in the sunlight. Her head, hands, and feet were sculpted from Paperclay, while her cloth body is hand-stitched from a new pattern I made just for her. She’s just been listed in my Etsy shop and is available for purchase here.

 

Marietta’s sculpted head, hands, and feet were sanded several times, painted, and sealed.

I like using watercolor paints for my dolls because they give me the ability to build up subtle layers of color to create realistic skin tones. Marietta is tan and freckled from her time spent in the sun. Her attached wig is made from natural brown mohair.

 

I created a brand new cloth doll pattern for Marietta’s body.

For Marietta’s body, I created a new pattern based on a modified version of the pattern I typically use – one that allowed me to created threaded joints that give her a more realistic range of motion. Marietta’s body and limbs are hand-stitched, and stuffed with soft, 100% natural wool. I’m really happy with how her cloth body turned out, and plan on using it for more dolls in the future!

period art doll depicting a Victorian girl servant

Marietta’s period clothing is completely removable, another first in my dollmaking.

Marietta wears a Victorian pastoral-inspired drawstring linen petticoat, red cotton shirt with tiny glass buttons, and striped seersucker skirt. All have been antiqued here and there to make them appear as if they are actual items of clothing that are worn every day.

shows sculpting paperclay doll hands and hand-stitched period Victorian doll clothing

Marietta’s linen apron features antiqued lace, and has three tiny miniature clothespins pinned to the bodice, so that they are near to hand on washing day!

ooak art doll with sculpted head and hands, cloth body, and period Victorian outfit

Marietta is available for purchase now in my Etsy shop.

She will ship with her very own miniature wire hanger and a signed certificate of authenticity. Though she can be posed and have her outfit changed, she is not intended for children or playtime.

period doll outfit for a Victorian servant

Though I’ve been MIA for most of winter and spring of 2018, I’ve been working on a very big and special project, which I will be sharing details of on my blog soon!

Christmas is Coming Early for The Free Folk

holiday banner with twinkling stars and art doll

Happy Holidays!

I’m so excited to announce that The Free Folk’s holiday sale is starting early this year! Today, in fact! Now through December 20th, you’ll receive 15% off any item in my Etsy store $20 and above.

With that in mind, I’d also like to make you aware of some important holiday shopping dates and deadlines for my shop:

  • Nov. 20: The Free Folk’s holiday sale begins
  • Dec. 1: The last day to commission larger art doll pieces for holiday shipping
  • Dec. 15: The last day to commission smaller art doll pieces for holiday shipping
  • Dec 20: The last day for guaranteed holiday shipping of ready-made items

Happy shopping!