This Belle of the Wild West Paper Doll set is a smaller version, and includes a Doll and 3 of very fancy outfits to print, color and cut. Belle might have graced a Dance Hall stage in these raised skirts, ruffles, feathers, laces and beads. The doll measures 6 1/4 inches tall. This time period is another personal favorite of mine–The Wild West in America and the Victorian Age in Europe hold some wonderful stories, discoveries and explorations; and clothing! The “Little House on the Prairie” series of books were a great beginning peek into the past for me as a child, and this Heirloom Doll series would fit right in. I drew these based on 15 inch cloth dolls and clothing I designed for a class I taught, and I am in the process of digitizing those patterns, but that’s a project for another time; do check back!
Download the high resolution .pdf file and print these detailed coloring sets for your personal use! No shipping, no waiting for the mail to arrive! You can print and color as many times as you like FOR PERSONAL USE. These costumed ladies (and gents) are not JUST for little girls, but are enjoyed by anyone with an interest in fashion, history, and an enjoyment of coloring.
Beginning with ancient times and the fashions of the Egyptians, through Victorian, Edwardian, and other Heirloom era dolls and going all the way up through the 1960′s and ’70s, I drew these dolls and their wardrobes because I loved coloring paper dolls when I was younger, and I could no longer find them. So I drew them, thanks to years spent studying costume design and costume history at Ohio State University. They are historically accurate and are a treat to color.
I suggest you print the dolls on durable white card stock or bristol paper for greater strength, and ease in coloring. Clothing can be printed on good quality paper of less weight, but be careful of saturating if you use watercolors. My favorite results are with markers, and I prefer Prismacolors or Copic markers with the double nib felt tip pens, both a fine and a chisel point. They have great colors and are very transparent, along with a high degree of control and color mix-ability. Brought to you by the same company as Sharpie Markers, you can find sets of markers at most office supply and art supply sources.
My OTHER favorite way to color them involves Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, and I have a tutorial available online about how to do that:
http://www.polyclay.com/digital-art/digital-coloring-fun/ The pdf file will be available to download directly after payment and you can print and color as many times as you like FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not share or sell the file. Thank you for respecting copyrights and supporting personal art.