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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sleeping Beauty - Little Golden Activity Book - #A33 /1959




I've not been a presence in Blogland very much for quite some time. But from the very start I had a wishlist of books and paper dolls I hoped I'd be able to acquire both for my own private collection and to share on this blog for others to enjoy.

This book topped that wishlist.  I was given a copy as a child by someone in my family (one of my father's sisters I think).  But the dolls and clothes had long since been removed.  All I could see of them were the jagged edges of pages and the odd scrap of detail that had tantalisingly been left behind,  Even without the dolls I still loved the book and I was very sad as an adult to realise it had been lost along the way.




Today copies in mint condition with the dolls and clothes intact are highly sought after and relatively rare.  They command high prices - usually I'd baulk at spending quite so much on a book but I thought this one was worth it.  I've spent years trying to find one and now I'm thrilled to discover it is every bit as magical as I hoped it would be.




I'm sorry I've felt the need to disfigure each of these pages with a watermark but I've learnt the hard way that there are a lot of unscrupulous people out there.  I've come across my own images brazenly plastered all over other websites and blogs and I was once alerted to the fact that someone was trying to make money out of selling some of my scans.  So while I've not placed these across the middle of each image to totally ruin them I have had to make it difficult for someone else to pass them off as their own.  











Besides the dolls the book contains the classic Disney version of Sleeping Beauty.  I'm only including the frontispiece and one other page here - this was my favourite illustration and I think the wonderful glowing effect is just as appealing today as I remember it was when I was young
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Music Music Music - OPDAG Issue #111




This is my contribution to the latest issue of 'Paper Doll Studio', the magazine issued quarterly by the Original Paper Doll Artists Guild.  The theme was 'Music Music Music'.   At first I was a bit stumped until I realised musicals would qualify.  'My Fair Lady' is one of my favourites so I chose to make my own version.




Some of the sketches while it was still a work in progress.





We were also invited to Dress-A-Doll for this edition.  The doll on this occasion was provided by renowned paper doll artist David Wolfe.  I chose to submit two costumes based on the work of Marilyn Sotto .  Both were printed although (I assumed due to space constraints) the wig of the second outfit was not included.




The doll we were given to dress (I hope OPDAG don't mind me including this scan here.)
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fashions 'Round the World - OPDAG Issue #110




My submission for Paper Doll Studio Issue #110.  The theme was Fashions 'Round the World.









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