This cloth doll was inspired by the colours of the sea. My friend Penny is from Cornwall, she also happens to love blue and turquoise colours. So when planning this doll I knew she would have to incorporate these ideas.
The starting point was actually this vintage blue and turquoise patterned fabric, which I love and decided to use for some of the main body parts.
Small scraps and lengths of of blue, white and turquoise fabric were sewn to the top of the bodice to create the essence of coral or seaweed. Small pearls were sewn to some of the lengths to represent the creatures that may be found hiding amongst the coral reefs.
A layer of netting was then added with additional embellishment of metallic foil stars to create a sense of depth and intrigue.
Painting the Face and Body
Acrylic paint was used again to paint the face in cool blues and greens. A little bit of silver was mixed in to provide some shimmer and sparkle to the doll’s skin.
And as a development from my previous cloth doll’s, I ventured further to paint onto the body and arms. To emphasise the sea goddess element I painted subtle fish scales down her arms, picking up more blue and green hues.
Additional beads, pearls and gems were sewn on by hand to adorn the body and features further.
I was fortunate to have this perfect mixed blue textured wool to create her hair and finish the look.