Tuesday, July 4, 2017


If you haven't had a chance to play with the New Art Doll Paint Brushes over at Retro Cafe Art Gallery, you need to get over there, you are missing out on some really creative fun! It is my turn to post as a Design Team Member for the month of July and I couldn't wait to play with one of these brushes. The brush I designed is the Medium Articulated Doll Paint Brush. It's going to be fun to see all the different designs created with these brushes. They can be hung on the wall, tied with ribbon, they make great studio signs, door hangers, gifts for your artistic friends, and ornaments, just to name a few!

I couldn't resist making this Day of The Dead Doll  after finding this Skull Paper Cut in my stash of faces!

I colored in parts of the face with markers and then added glued it to a thin piece of card board for extra stiffness. Before gluing the face to the body, I cut the ends off of some skewers I had and painted them white.
Then I took some Apoxie Sculpt and put on the top of the brush handle and added my skewers. Once that was dry, I glued on my face and added a butterfly and a paper flower that I painted over for a deeper color.  
On the body, I drew a skeleton before assembling my arms or gluing to the brush. I put some Gesso mixed with some molding paste into a needle nose syringe and drew in her fragile bones. Once dry, I painted the body white and then washed over it with a thinned coat of antiquing medium.
For the arms, I added a thin wire and two Skeleton Hand Charms (also from Retro). I did the same with them, painting them white and then using the antiquing medium when dry.

The heart is from Retro that I painted and glued on. The little metal faux screw is a separate piece glued on the heart. You don't have to paint the paper flowers like I did, but I only had one color so I coated them with Gesso, let them dry and then painted my colors on them which really made them nice and bright. I added the flowers to the base of the brush with clear adhesive and a metal Sun charm, then I lightly dry brushed the bristles with white paint.
As you can see, you can literally do anything to the body of these dolls, collage, paint, stencil, add embellishments, personalize with names, dates, and even use your own face for a fun quirky art doll. You get the idea, I love these paint brushes and if you check back soon, you will see some of the Skinny Doll Brushes I have in the works! 

I hope I have inspired you because I am just dying to see what you will create!


(or other clear strong glue)
Acrylic Paint
Aves Apoxie Sculpt
Wood Skewers 
Thin wire
Mini Paper Blooms


  1. Kim!! I don't even know where to begin!! So many touches of brilliance on this , it should glow in the dark!! Xo

  2. Oh my goodness,YES!!! That would be really cool! Thank you for the lovely comment and next time I will pick your brain and bribe you with chocolate for your genius ideas!! :)

  3. she is absolutely rocking. I'm loving the color. Your work is alway genius Kim. Hugs to you from Canada. :o)

    1. Thank you so much my sweet friend!! Bunches of Hugs back to YOU!!!! 💖❤️💖

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    1. I love, love, working with brushes! These were so much fun. I can see them in almost any holiday theme! And Yes! Halloween would be perfect!!

  5. Love her!!! What a great idea for her body and her arms!!!! Beautiful work, Kim!!!!!

    1. Thank you Chrissy! Brush Art is very addictive and these Articulated Art Doll Brushes have so many possibilities!
      Lots of fun!!

  6. Thank you for sharing your process! Especially for the skeleton! I live in Dia de Los Muertos land. Lol. Can use this! 😄❤️

    1. Thank you and glad you enjoyed it! I will have another post coming up in September I think you enjoy as well!

  7. I love her!!! Is she headed to San Francisco? I'm so old!😂 What I really love is all the details you give on either what you used or how you did something - thank you for lots of great ideas and techniques 💖 You are the Bomb💖💖💖💖💖💖💖


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