February 23, 2011

Homemade trading card for kids; tiny spirit dolls

A few years ago I was trading Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) enthusiastically with folks all over the world. It was wonderful. (See an earlier post on this subject.) I like to create ATCs using collage, drawing materials, and/or paint. I did several cards focused on personality traits and behaviors. In looking back on these cards, I see that they could be great gifts or projects for children. Young children could be given the cards as a reward. Older children could be encouraged to create their own "encouragement" or "friendly qualities" card. Or cards for "hopes and dreams," "goals," "favorite quotes," or even "special relatives." Religious families might encourage cards to teach verses such as the Beatitudes. Others might create cards based on principles important to their culture or family. I simply like to make cards that feature the traits I want to see in myself and in my children.

A few years ago I also made many small figures I called "Spirit Dolls." Some where eight or ten inches in length; others were quite small. I came across two of them the other day and thought these would be great little dolls for girls to make and collect. The heads are made of Cernit (a brand of polymer clay that bakes in the oven), and formed using rubber face forms sold in craft stores such as Hobby Lobby. The bodies are made from popsicle sticks wrapped with yarn. They can be decorated with beads and specialty yarn, even feathers. They are my version of "worry dolls," as they would carry one's worries, like tiny angelic icons.


Melissa Kline said...

Janice, I love creating cards myself and my son has picked up the craft as well. There is nothing like a handmade card! Your Spirit Dolls are adorable. They remind me of some "dolls" I made for a craft fair when I was in elementary school. I used wooden laundry pins and wrapped yarn around them for clothes. Then I drew tiny faces on them. Such a wonderful memory that I'd forgotten about until now. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations.

Madeline Sharples said...

You're inspiring me to do some artwork again. Thanks Janice. These are wonderful.

Janice Phelps Williams said...

Melissa, your tiny dolls sound so sweet. It would be fun to collect wooden clothespin dolls made by various people.

Madeline, I would love to see what you create!

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