Friday, January 27, 2017

Mixed Media Scrap Wood Dolls

Not long ago I saw some art dolls made by Mary Jane Chadbourne and I immediately wanted to learn how to make them.  Mary Jane is a mixed media artist who does incredible work and when she starts teaching again, I'll register for every class!  Every once in awhile you run across an artist who's work speaks to you......and for me, Mary Jane's work just flipped my switch.  As intimidating as mixed media pieces look to make,  I somehow managed to figure out a process that's pretty easy to follow and gives consistent results.  Once you start, you'll develop your own process that works for you, but everyone needs a starting point.  Remember to save your scrap wood, use all of your favorite techniques and always Make Your Mark!

Watch how to make them here!
Scrap wood blocks
E-6000 Spray Adhesive & E-6000 Glue
Americana Acrylics
Rubber stamps & Ink pad
Book pages
Glamour Dust
Beads, buttons and flowers

1. & 2.  Cover the wood blocks with book pages using E-6000 Spray Adhesive
3. & 4.  Give the book page covered blocks a color wash and paint the small triangle
5. 6. & 7.  Cut out vintage images and glue them to the painted blocks
8.  Press the corners of the wood blocks into a stamp pad
9.  Stamp images around the sides and in the blank spaces
10.  Add a wash of color to the body
11.  Paint stripes on the hat
12.  Glue buttons, letters and flowers to the body and tip of the hat with E-6000 Glue
13.  Wrap a metallic pipe cleaner around the base of the hat
14.  Attach keys to the base of the body with eye screws
15. & 16.  Glue a butterfly wings print out to cardboard and cut out
17.  Glitterize the wings Glamour Dust
18. When dry, glue all of the pieces together and you're done!


  1. Need wood sizes please for dolls.

    1. Hi Beth, there are no rules for this doll but I used pieces that were about 4 1/2" x 3" and 2 1/2" x 2". Stick to those appx. measurements and you'll get similar results.

    2. Mark, what's the thickness of the wood, please?

    3. I used 1/2" pine trim that was about 2 1/2" wide.

  2. I do not have scrap wood but I have a couple of small canvas that I used! They worked out and I will put a picture on facebook! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  3. fabulous!!! thanks for sharing your art!

  4. Here it is July 2021, still admiring your creativity. Dolls are way cool.