Monday, 25 June 2018

Inspired by Elizabeth and TH paper dolls

I've had a packet of those lovely TH paper dolls die cuts with all 'the found ancestors',  since last November and have just looked at them occasionally and 1) wondered what to do with them and 
2) wondered who these people were, what were their stories and what would they think of times now. 
Then the other day I saw a fabulous, humorous page made by Bleubeard and Elizabeth and was inspired to make a page for AJJ 'inspired by' challenge  (there are still several days left to join in this challenge).

So I used one of the TH dolls and sat him on the shoulder of my water colour on mixed media paper.
Also used white and black posca pens and black Stabilo all pencil.
I wrote a quote on hat; something I can imagine an ancestor might say. 
Now I must think of something to do with the other 100 die cuts :)

And because  'Try it on Tuesday' has the theme of 'For the boys' I am linking to them also today :)

That's all for today.. thanks for stopping by...
I'm going to try and keep cool and out of sun today
as we have a bit of a mini heatwave..
hope all well with you wherever you are.
Have a great day
Gill x


  1. First, I was SO honored that I was able to inspire you. Yes, those TH dolls have a story behind each of them. They just need to be told. Your painting is fabulous. I'm super impressed, especially since I can't draw, sketch, or doodle. You managed to do them all, and I was so excited to see not just the "ancestor," but also the modern man. Of course, I fell in love with your background and the fabulous colors you blended together. It's a gem and I'm thrilled to have you share it with us at Art Journal Journey. I LOVE your theme, and I can tell by the number of entries that others do also.

  2. Oh Gill! This is fabulous! I am on back from a few days away and ready for a catch up! So happy to visit here and see this brilliant page and then to see that it is for Try It On Tuesday too! Thank you so much for joining us! Hugs, Chrisx

  3. I love your page Gill. Your man with the top hat and mustache is amazing and he made me smile big time.. I am enjoying this challenge a lot- nice choice! Hope your new week starts off great. Hugs-Erika

  4. Gorgeous page Gill, and thanks a lot for linking to TIOT. Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

  5. What a lovely page, Gill! I like those die cuts very much, they are beautiful. The ancestor is great with his hat and the message of the child inside. funny! Love it.
    I wish you a very happy week, big hugs, Caty

  6. What a unique idea to sat the TH boy on the shoulder of your fabulous gentleman! I love his
    amazing moustache. Reminds me a little bit of Dali ! Anf the fantastic quote hat fits fim so well! What a great entry to your amazing theme dear Gill!
    Keep cool!
    Wishing you a fantastic week and thank you for all the inspiring and caring hostess- work you do! Such a pleasure this AJJ with you as hostess!
    Liebe Grüße

  7. oh and I totally forgot to say THANK YOU very much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday with this fabulous Mixed Media portrait painting for the >For the boys< topic! So much appreciated dear Gill!

  8. It is a fabulous painting Gill and I really like how you have the founf relative sitting on the shoulder.
    Thank you so much for adding your page to Try it on Tuesdays as well,
    Yvonne xx

  9. What fun Gill, your watercolour chap looks rather dapper. I know what you mean about those crafty items we spend far too much time looking and sometimes stroking before we take the plunge to use. Maybe your found ancestor sat on the shoulder is whispering "come on old chap.. use us up" into his ear??
    Super written words upon his hat..!! Fabulous journal spread.
    Hope you managed to find a shady spot today.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  10. I wish I could sit on my ancestors shoulders and hear their stories, although neither your ancestor or the child on his shoulder looks very impressed. I love it, though!

  11. A fabulous painting Gill and I love the placement of the little boy - such a great quote too.
    The mini heatwave that everyone seems to be having isn't quite reaching us on the coast and tonight we've got quite a thick mist rolling in, at least it makes for a more comfortable night.
    Avril xx

  12. What a wonderful page! Your gentleman is fabulous and I love the fact he has his ancestor sitting on his shoulder, a guardian angel perhaps 😁. I hope you are having a great week, it has been hot and sunny here today too! J 😊 x
    p.s. I remember Worzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally well 😉.

    1. Many congratulations on being picked for our Top 5 at Try it on Tuesday Gill! J 😊 x

  13. Brilliant page Gill! I love this idea, must check out Elizabeth's.
    Too hot for me at the moment, I'm staying indoors and mostly crocheting with the tv on!
    Happy week,
    Alison xxx

  14. What a fantastic page, Gill! It is so creative! The look on your gentleman's face is priceless & the quote, the child - awesome!
    I have a pile of "What do I do with this stuff?" but you took the plunge and put the die cut to very good use.
    Great post, as usual!!

  15. I love your amazing page with this wonderful collage!
    And I am waiting for the other 100 die cuts :)


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