Pick of the Week: Mab Graves

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Pick of the Week: Mab Graves

This week’s pick is artist Mab Graves’ Etsy store which is filled with all kinds of wonderful and whimsical goodies.  She sells prints, cards,  and more but what I love the most is her paper dolls. Her artwork and paper dolls are heavy influenced by Blythe dolls (which I love) and have this cute vibe with a sinister twist. It’s an amazing combination and I’m so happy to have picked up some of her work. I like collecting interesting paper dolls so I picked up her paper doll book which was so much larger and better quality than I expected. It was published by Dover Books so it’s the quality you’d expect of any commercial paper dolls book. My only compliment which I usually make about paper doll books is that you have to cut them out ourselves (also there is not cutting guide) but the paper is sturdy and the pages are single sided which is great. There is just so much variety with the various dolls, animal companions and outfits – it’s like having paper Blythe dolls with extra whimsy. Love them so much. I also picked up a few of her cards to give to friends and perhaps to use as mini prints and they are great quality as well. Each came with a pink envelope and I also got a free card and bookmark with my purchase which was very nice. I have a few detail photos of the items below and if you want to check out her main website, click here!

mab graves (2)Below is a closer look at all of the cards I bought and a few pages of the paper doll book:mab graves (4) mab graves (5) mab graves (1) mab graves (6) mab graves (7)

a few of my favourite items:

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Saturday Review “The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer”

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The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer: Activities and Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist

Paper Doll Primer is a “160 page fully illustrated wondrous oddity – equal parts art and craft book” done by artist Emily Winfield Martin. It explores the world of paper dolls and helps show you how to make your own paper doll and other paper crafts. There is 21 of Emily’s whimsical characters included with accessories and clothing options as well as 16 paper dolls that you can customize and create yourself with her helpful hints and ideas. Her characters are so cute and adorable and the back story that is provided for all of them really sets the tone. Her dolls are much like her artwork and have their own unique personality to them. Its fun to just flip through this book without even taking out the scissors. She provides backdrops as well for the dolls which help creates an overall story. My favourite inclusion though is the customizable dolls,  she even provides useful hints on every page on ways to draw, color and personalize them. There is even clothing and accessories to be customized too and she gives you patterns to use on the clothing. Plus she includes a few other paper activities for you to try. Paper Doll Primer ends up satisfy the sweet tooth for paper dolls you may not even realized you had. I’ve been a fan of paper dolls since I was a kid and have started a small collection of them and was delighted when I found this book from her, especially since I’ve been a long time fan of her artwork. When I received it, it defintly satisfied my expectations. The only downside I could find to her sweet book was that the pages are not made with hard stock, the quality is higher then regular paper (which is used for the clothing sections of the book) but the rigidness is not the type you’d find for most paper dolls. I haven’t had a heart to cut a paper doll out of the pages in the book so I cannot vouch for how sturdy the paper doll would be but definitely it would have been a nice inclusion for some pages to be made with card stock. As well all pages in the book are double sided except the clothing in the first part of the book. It does appears though that the dolls are on opposites sides of the paper to one another so you could cut them both out, however you would loose forever the written stories she created for her dolls as wells as all the tips on how to customize the blank dolls. All of the customized clothing/accessories, scenes, and backdrops are not so lucky, cutting these would mean potential wrecking the opposite side. However the book can be forgiven as its delightful and has so many hints to inspire you to go the further step and trace/create your own dolls on harder card stock. Its simply good to know that Paper Doll Primer  isn’t an one stop shop for paper dolls and if you were wishing to cut into the book you would be potentionally missing out on some parts, however there is plenty of inspiration and ideas for you to start your paper doll project.

Here are some shots of the book:

 

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Pick of the Week: Paperstar

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Paperstar by Sila Kuscu is an Etsy store paperstar, citizen erasedspecializing in stickers. The stickers are custom made by her featuring her unique cute illustrations. I bought these stickers a few months ago so I’ve used a lot of them already (I bought the unicorn ones shown below too). Out of all the Etsy stores specializing in stickers this is one of my favourites and her cupcakes are better then anything you`ll get a local shop. As a sticker collector I love unique, one of kind stickers and this store has plenty. Plus the quality is very good, I’ve had 2 of the unicorn stickers on the top of my laptop for almost 6 months and they still look great. The packaging its so adorable as well (keep in mind you`ll get lots more then in my photos)

Check out below for my favourites.

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Saturday Review: Sticker Fashionista

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Sticker Fashionista by Kelly Smith

Sticker Fashionista is a book filled with pages of models in various fashion scenes, blank models on harder stock paper (I imagine for paper dolls) and stickers that correspond with each fashion scene. There is 8 blank models, 17 different fashion scenes, and 150 reusable stickers. This book is great for anyone who loves fashion or stickers, or both, whether a little girl, teenager, or adult.  The illustrations are very cute, and you may think you recognize a model or two. While placing stickers myself I noticed there is some choice, so even though the stickers are marked off for spefic scenese, you are provided with more outfits and accessories then you have models for in the scene which is wonderful. However some models are in certain positions thus only have one outfit made for them so it is limiting. The stickers are reuseable, but while doing that I ripped sticker outfits a few times so it’s probably not recommended, and the stickers themselves loose there stick after placing it only once or twice. Its a great size though and even after using the stickers you’ll still be interested in looking through the fashion.

 Gallery below shows every page of the book:

 

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