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FRENCH PAPERDOLLS. Because of my focus on Impressionism in American Girl art classes, there’s one book I highly recommend for gift-giving to the American Girls in our family circles: CHARLOTTE IN GIVERNY, by Joan MacPhail Knight. The illustrations, by Melissa Sweet, are charming and the book is illustrated with beautiful reproductions of art masterpieces. One take-away inspiration from this book are these French Paperdolls, ready to be dressed in paisley, chintz and toile! I used my patterns to cut out “original designs” from both scrapbook paper, wrapping paper and fabric scraps. Paper doilies, ribbon snippets and colored pencils or fine point markers were used for design details. Several of the girls even added matching shoes and mini-purses!

Author: Bonnie Porter

Bonnie Porter is an artist who lived in Europe and now resides in Atlanta. A part-time art teacher who paints and creates with a love of color, line and composition, drawing on inspiration from everywhere.

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