Thursday, January 9, 2014

Couture Dress Form

I am excited to show off this little mixed media dress form I made for Graphic 45.  Being able to play with hot off the press craft supplies is one of the coolest perks of being on a design team.

I started off by coloring the Kaiser Craft mannequin with black gesso.

Then I used the brand new washi tape to decorate the edges of the stand.  As most of you know I adore decorative tapes, so I was pretty jazzed when Graphic 45 finally came out with some.

To decorate the bodice I used a new shabby chic metal keyhole.  To create a bit of interest, I backed the opening with a scrap of paper that had a pretty face image on it.

To provide movement, I added a chain I had on hand.  I have oodles of junk that my dad gives me from left over estate sales and this is where I scored this treasure.

I also used the Couture flower die cuts to embellish the skirt area of this project.  I love how their coordinated embellishments make it easy to add design elements.

Also notice the new shabby chic key and brad I used.  The finish on these new staples is really lovely.  It was a little bit hard for me to not horde them!

The final touch is my usual buffing of gilders paste in silver for added texture and framing.  

I hope you liked this fun little project for Graphic 45!  I sure had fun creating it!




  1. Oh this is just too cool! Love love love it! But I can't tell what size it is. Bet it would also be gorgeous in florals.

  2. Hi Rhea! First, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Second, is the mannequin a Graphics 45 product? Where can I buy it? I love how yours came out and would love to give it a try myself. Many thanks for sharing all of your wonderful creations - you are definitely an asset to Graphics 45!

  3. Love it! I love mannequin and dressmaking themes.

  4. Love this. So very pretty. I especially like the way the washi tape hugs all those curvy bits :)

  5. This is really beautiful Reah....You sure have the eye for assemblages Congratulations on another gorgeous project..


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