Oliva Long Stocking

Another fun challenge over at Awfully Big Art Adventure.   This week it is transforming a tin.    I used a Corned Beef tin (long story I won’t go into).  I must admit nothing inside the can attracted me, not being a big meat eater.   However, the shape of the tin and the fact that it comes with a nifty metal key on the side really caught my eye.

Still being in the altered doll mode, I proceeded to attach a Paper Whimsy face to an old gauge piece. I have been wanting to use some copper trimmed turquoise ribbon for some time now.

I used alcohol inks on the number gauge and the tin. I have been collecting old ball point pens for a while, perfect for arms and legs. I used some distressed copper mesh for the skirt. It’s so easy to work with, the pleats stay by just pinching it together (I attached it with brads on the sides).

My husband was a great help in using the dremel to put holes where my Cropadile would not reach (I haven’t gotten the long reach one….yet).

For Oliva’s hair I used a cut up part of a pot scrubber. It was my husband’s idea to make the Pippy Long Stocking up sweep hairdo (don’t you Love that). I tied the scouring pad on with pieces of copper wire and added some beads as a finishing touch.  The little glass flower is from a colorful bunch I got a long time ago at a dollar store.  Since the tin is open on top, I could actually put something in there….I’ll have to think on that.

I have lots of great ingredients collected and have had this type of altered doll in mind for some time now.  Nothing like a challenge to get the juices flowing, not to mention encouragement from friends and the assistance of my manly muse *ggg*!

31 responses to “Oliva Long Stocking

  1. Patty, you amaze me! I’d love to step inside your mind while you plan one of your pieces just to see how it works. 🙂 Your “longstocking doll” is adorable.

    I brewed my 4th batch of tea last night. I’ve tweeked it each time after the first to make it more “me”. I’m using 6-8 tea bags to make it very strong and added stevia and 1/2 a vanilla bean. I love the hint of vanilla and with the stevia it’s already sweetened. I’m using mine for a chilled latte as a pick me up in the lated afternoon…The stuff is absolutely addictive! Thanks again for the recipe. I’ve enjoyed it bigtime and can’t wait to try it with pods.

    Again…I love Olivia. You just keep outdoing yourself!

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  2. OMG she is stunning!!

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  3. Oliva is such a great doll!! I LOVE her hair ~ texture, color, style, she has got it going on for sure!! What a great idea to repurpose the pens as limbs – love that!! Looks to me like Olive would be fun to have in the studio as a helper, holding something special ~ yet kitschy……….
    Gaye

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  4. I love this doll. All the texture and metal is great! Makes me want to go rummage around my metal containers and buckets and make something.

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  5. she is amazing a cornbeef can on legs..
    you are sooo creative.
    tfs
    chriss x

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  6. what a great idea!! and the result is really fantastic!

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  7. Your imagination never fails to amaze me Patty…and you’ve done it again! What an amazing piece of artwork…I just love it (especially the hair).
    Linda xx

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  8. PS
    I’ve done a special post about you with a link…see the ‘big art adventure’ blog.

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  9. OMG, How amazing is this…..This is the mamma of all the dolls and tins, its brilliant.
    What an imagination you have, this is so creative. You have inspired me to try harder, well done shes wonderful, Jaqi

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  10. Patty,

    Sure wish I lived near you. It would be so fun to have an art day together. You are really talented and think “outside the box” or “can” maybe. LOL

    Sorry I hit submit before I noticed it had my old, no longer in existence, blog address. DUH

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  11. OMG I´ve missed my words again and again.
    What a great piece of art. You inspire me.

    Have a great weekend my friend.

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  12. This is so amazingly gorgeous!
    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog!
    Hugs
    Denise
    oxoxox

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  13. Oh Patty what an absolutely amazing piece. You are soooo clever and talented ….

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  14. Absolutely amazing!!!!!

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  15. Hi Patty
    From one magpie to another…..
    Thanks for your very kind comments ….
    What a creation you have done a super altered tin……..
    Well done

    Sharon x

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  16. Oh, this is beautiful and the colors !!! I love your art work. (I don’t like meat either.)

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  17. What a cute thing she is! Love the hair and have those very same dollar store flowers. Very creative. Maybe I should start adding all the millions of drug company pens I have to my “ephemera of the future” box. Hey…I just remembered I have an original prozac bottle somewhere I saved as a joke. We were going to…or more likely did..use as a shot glass. I could make a little happy Prozac doll with Viagra pen arms and legs. Ok, see what you have done now!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. This is just FAB!!! I love it, love it, love it. You really stepped outside the box and did a great job.

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  19. And only yesterday I saw the plain empty tin with you wondering “what to do-what to do”…you figured that one out just beautifully wonderful 🙂 She’s just adorable. And she looks nothing like corned beef either! Thanks for the inspiration Patty.

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  20. du hast aber ideen 🙂 wunderwunderschön Patty!

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  21. Patty, can you bring her to Woolies? I would love to meet her!

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  22. Well! What a treat! Isn’t she just the most adorable can-can doll? You just get better and better! Love what you did with the corned beef can Patty!! And using old pens for arms and legs is just inspired – such fun!
    xoxoxo

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  23. ooo she is so fun! maybe you could put a few of those lovely dried hydrangeas in the tin….

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  24. margaret werner

    absolutely inspired piece, just amazing to see how you work with so many different materials

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  25. absolutely fantastic

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  26. Wonderful…Love it!

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  27. Patty, this is soooo creative and inspiring! Stunning piece of art.

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  28. Its unbelievable that you have created such an amazing doll out of a corned beef tin Patty…its wonderful!!
    Now thats what I call “art” x

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  29. I must have missed this somehow Patty – what an amazing girl she is!! Your imagination is just so wild and wonderful – think my favourite part is the hair!! Thanks for joining in our challenge.
    Love
    Rosie

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  30. brilliant doll!

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  31. Oh my stars! This is incredible!

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