Monday, February 18, 2019


              "If you are going to make a Spark, Build a Bonfire!"
                         MISFIT FAIRIES by Kim Collister
I ordered some of the articulated paint brush art dolls from Retro Cafe Art Gallery intending to get them done for Valentines Day, but too many things got in the way so I thought it would fun to do something a little different with them now that Valentine's Day has come and gone. I personally love and appreciate different, so "Misfit Fairies" totally fit the bill for these articulated art doll brushes. 
You can find the kits here and as you can see there is no limit as to what you can do with them.

Preparing them is as simple as a layer of white Gesso on all pieces and allowing it to dry. While you are waiting, gather the paper and other items you wish to use on your doll and paint the brush handle if desired. For the most part, prepare the doll pieces with paint and paper before assembling together, leaving the face for last, to keep it free from paint and messy fingers, if you are messy like me. The faces I used are also from Retro Cafe and I just gave them a little makeover. 
  Papers used on MISFT FAIRY "FLY", Crowabout Studio, Retro Cafe Art Gallery, Teesha Moore and various papers from my stash.
 Papers used on  MISFIT FAIRY (Happy to Be Me) from Rae Missigman and Andrea Matus Demeng, Teesha Moore, and various other paper from my personal stash.
 Papers used on MISFTI FAIRY (Dream Big) is from Crowabout Studio, Teesha Moore, and various scraps from my personal stash.
             Papers used on MISFIT FAIRY (Muse) are from Crowabout Studo, Teesha Moore, Andrea Matus Demeng and other
various papers from my personal stash.                          
All faces used are from Retro Cafe Art Gallery (Supply links below)

I also like to use the stiff paper packaging that comes with them to glue the faces on which gives them more stability before gluing the face to the body.

Caution: keep the arm and shoulder holes free from Gesso and paint so the brads will fit through the hole when assembling the arms.

After assembling the body and the wings to the back of the doll, glue the body of the doll to the brush using a white glue. Let dry.
 On the back side of MISFIT FAIRY (Dream Big) there is a quote on her wings that says: "After all in Private, We are all Misfits" by Lily Tomlin.
 The Wings of MISFIT FAIRY (Fly) says: "If you are going to create a Spark, Build a Bonfire"
The Wings of MISFIT FAIRY (Muse) says: "Be the Square Peg in the Round Hole."
MISFIT FAIRY (Happy to Be Me) has wording on the back of her wings that says: "The Ones Who Do It Anyway".

Lastly finish up any details you want to add, like wording, extra paint details or embellishments. Use the hole in the paint brush to hang them or attach a magnet to the back, which I plan to do and put them on your fridge or an inspiration board.
 Use Acrylic paints, Washi Tape, Paper scraps, Paper Cuts, and Words to finish off the bottom of your paint brush.
I also like to decorate the back of mine, just because, but you certainly don't have too, if you are adding magnets or hanging them.
Keep in mind, your articulated art doll does not have to be what you see when you order her, she can be whatever you imagine her to be. Below is a popular quote and one uplifts me everytime I read it:
 "Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."
Steve Jobs
I hope you enjoyed my little Misfit Fairies and if you decide to join the fun and make your own, just remember, embrace all the  imperfections, embrace your uniqueness, the only limits to this art doll is your imagination. 
All Dolls above are 11" tall except the second one which is 9" tall.
                                        Happy Creating!

Supplies Used
Acrylic Paint
White Gesso
Kraft Glue
Glue stick and Matt Medium


  1. These dolls are Brilliant!! And you my friend, are amazingly creative! Each post knocks my socks off with your creative genius!!
    Thank you Kim for continually inspiring the rest of us!
    hugs and love,Jackie xx

  2. I purchased a Misfit Fairy as well and she resides on my dining room wall for all to enjoy. I agree with are amazing (in every way) my friend...I look forward to your blog and posts as well. Thank you for all of your work. Love Aletha


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