• Art Dolls Only Challenge: LOST

    Our last Art Dolls Only Challenge for 2019 …. and as we know you are very busy during the holiday season, we have extended the closing date for this challenge to 15 January 2020. Create an art doll inspired by “LOST” – any style, any medium, any technique . You can interpret the theme literally or metaphorically. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”― Erol Ozan Open the discussion page of this event to post an image or single album of your finished art doll and include a short description in the post. The event finishes officially on 15 January, 2020 Post your doll anytime from 23 October…

  • Art Dolls Only Black and White Challenge

    Who doesn’t love a creative colour challenge? Create an art doll inspired by “Black and White” – any style, any medium, any technique . You can interpret the theme literally or metaphorically. Will it be an interpretation of a classic character, like Giaconda’s Pierrot? or inspired by ‘black and white” challenges of other kinds, like Wilma’s chess piece? or a creative dramatic artwork like Kira’s masked black witch? Open the discussion page of this event to post an image or single album of your finished art doll and include a short description in the post. The event finishes officially on October 8 2019. Post your doll anytime between July 16…

  • Showcase Art Dolls Only Daydreams Challenge Dolls

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge! Every doll is remarkable. Thank you Wilma Simmons Art Dolls Only co-admin and challenge coordinator for another fantastic challenge, looking forward to the next which you can find here.

  • Guest Artist Virginie Ropars

    Guest Artist Virginie Ropars shares with us her journey into doll making! A little background on Virginie before we start her interview: Born in Brittany (France) in 1976. Virginie Ropars figures are in between sculpture, illustration and character design. She primary expressed her inner world in drawings while she worked as a 2D/3D graphic artist for computer games and TV cartoon industry. Virginie’s work is shown throughout Europe in art galleries and art shows and also in United States and Russia. Her work has been featured in many magazines and publications. She won several awards in France and in the United States. She is a member of the advisory board…

  • Masked & Mysterious Challenge Dolls Showcase

    We’d like to thank all of the artist who challenged themselves to create beautiful dolls to share during the Art Dolls Only Masked and Mysterious Challenge! We hope we’ll see all of you for our new challenge Daydreams. Once again challenge coordinator Wilma Simmons has done a remarkable job on the Art Dolls Only Masked & Mysterious dolls showcase! Thank you for all you hard work.

  • Art Dolls Only Challenge DAYDREAMS: April-July 2019

    “In my head, this world is so much more beautiful. If you ever catch me daydream, please, don’t wake me up.” The challenge is set – daydream away…. Create an art doll inspired by “DAYDREAMS” – any style, any medium, any technique . Open the discussion page of this event to post an image or single album of your finished art doll and include a short description in the post. The event finishes officially on 2 July 2019. POST YOUR DOLL ANY TIME FROM 25 APRIL-2 JULY 2019 Please visit the discussion page during April – July for updates This challenge is not a competition. By posting an image of…

  • Guest Artist Gayle Wray

    We are so please to have cloth doll maker Gayle Wray as our guest this month. Gayle tell us a little about yourself and your doll making process. I create vintage inspired, articulated, all-cloth, dolls, using Kona quilting cotton for the entire doll. I’ve developed a uniquely sculpted face and body pattern that follows the natural curves of the face and body. I began making cloth dolls with the intent to see how far I could take the art. I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface of what is ultimately possible. I love working with fabrics, I lean towards natural fibers and I like to experiment with unusual materials. Ultimately, I wanted to create…

  • Art Dolls Only Something Old, Something New Pin Doll Swap

    Inspired by Art Dolls Only member Sandie Nowell, who creates wonderful dolls using beautiful fabrics, and vintages pieces of jewelry, we are inviting you to create a mini masterpiece to swap with another doll maker. We’d love to see what pin dolls you can create with something old and something new! Pin dolls are a marvelous to swap, share and wear! Please make your pin doll/s a wearable size, no more than 6 inches/15 cm. Your pin dolls can be created with any medium, all skill levels and countries are invited to join the swap. Sign up by April 30, Pin Doll/s need to be sent no later than July…

  • Art Dolls Only Member Spotlight with Myriam Powell

    My name is Myriam. I’m a self taught artist who loves art, music, antiques, and learning about people and their culture. One of the reasons why I’m here in Etsy is I love the fusion of different cultures and countries communicating through their amazing art. I grew up in Colombia, South America surrounded by many talented people who helped instill in me a deep respect and admiration for handmade. In my family for example, my brother was an amazing painter and fashion designer. My mom, who has the most gifted hands, always inspired me through her painting, sewing, and knitting. I am passionate about Art Doll making, sculpting, and needle…

  • Guest Artist Kerry Howard Schmidt

    Kerry Howard Schmidt of Paper Moon Gallery creates whimsical needle felted characters, she has been creating some form of art for nearly 40 years. Kerry began creating at an early age, being taught wood carving and sculpting in bread dough by her mom at an early age. Kerry draws inspiration from being a mom and living in a household with four dogs, a bunny, turtle and two lizards! Kerry spends a great deal of time on each of her characters, the face and eye in particular, she tells us “the eyes are the heart and soul” of her characters so she works hard to get them just right so they…