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Paper Doll Art

by Jean Van't Hul
April 11, 2013

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I mentioned recently that Maia has been inspired artistically by her paper doll notecards and thought I'd share a bit more about that now. 

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I gave her a set of these Paper Doll Parade notecards for Valentine's Day. They are just cute enought and short enough to make writing notes to friends and family easy and fun. That I expected (or at least hoped for).

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What I didn't expect is that she would be so inspired by them that she starts drawing them.

A lot.

She's been essentially copying and enlarging the notecard dolls onto poster board to make a much larger size doll. We have five around the house so far. Two from before the notecards came into our lives (you can see the older version here) and three from after.

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If I remember correctly, each of these dolls were drawn for Daphne with Daphne watching on as her doll got created.

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(And participating as well to some extent—those are Daphne's scribbles on the dress and around the sides.)

I could talk about copying and finding inspiration around us and how Maia is incorporating these images into her art and style, at least currently, but I have a plane to catch.

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I'm heading to Florida to visit one of my favorite people—my Grandma!

I have so many fond memories of visiting her as a kid and over the years. She's an artist and used to take me along with her to art league meetings to sketch and paint outdoors and in. (You can see photos of us together in my interview at Peas & Carrots Studio and in my interview at Kids Activities Blog.) My mom is flying out from Oregon, too, to visit at Grandma's and then to come up to North Carolina with me. So, so happy!

Question for you… Do your kids copy images around them?

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