ITAC Challenge – 4

The ITAC theme for Challenge 4 was Africa.


So, I did a little internet browsing and found some really great information and images.  The one that really caught my eye was the Ndebele Dolls (see photo below).

Ndebele dolls

It was great to learn about the Ndebele language and culture.  It was endearing to learn that, in many African cultures, dolls are passed down from generation to generation. How lovely a tradition!  For my piece, I took a little worry doll that I had on hand and modified it to represent a Ndebele doll.  It was a really fun process and I think it looks great on this project.

Itac Challenge 4 Africa - Doll.story

Itac Challenge 4 Africa doll.story 2

Key Elements:

  • Circle shaped hard board (prepped with black gesso).
  • Warm and Bright paint colors used with stamps to create a repeating “Ethnic” inspired pattern for the background.
  • A variety of metal, wood and plastic embellishments were used to create a steampunk style element – all treated with a Rust Effect prior to adhering.
  • A charm attached with twine.
  • The word “story” added to the bottom.
  • The feature element is my Ndebele inspired doll.

I am pretty happy with the final outcome and I hope you like it too!

Materials used:

  • Liquitex Acrylic paints
  • Artist’s Loft Acrylic paints
  • Stamps by:
    • The Angel Company
    • Stampendous
    • Bo Bunny
  • Brayer
  • Finnabair, Art Extravegance – Rust Effect Pastes
  • American Crafts Twine
  • Metal, Wood & Plastic trinkets/buttons/embellishments
  • Tim Holtz, Ideology – Big Chat Stickers

Happy Day!


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