DIY Santos Dolls by Cat-arzyna "Angels of Dreams"

Our home decor team member Cat-arzyna put together a fantastic step by step on how to create your own Santos style dolls using Prima's art mediums, IOD moulds and a little ingenuity. Her ideas and pieces are always a hit with our readers and we think you are going to enjoy this idea too! Let's see what she did...

Our home decor team member Cat-arzyna put together a fantastic step by step on how to create your own Santos style dolls using Prima's art mediums, IOD moulds and a little ingenuity. Her ideas and pieces are always a hit with our readers and we think you are going to enjoy this idea too! Let's see what she did...

She used a doll she picked up from a local thrift store as the main source of this project and gathered up her other supplies-IOD moulds, an old book, paper clay and glue.  815325-IOD Mould-Moulding 1 814991-IOD Paper Clay 814786-IOD Mould-Baroque 1 814809-IOD Mould-Baroque 4

She used a doll she picked up from a local thrift store as the main source of this project and gathered up her other supplies-IOD moulds, an old book, paper clay and glue. 

815325-IOD Mould-Moulding 1

814991-IOD Paper Clay

814786-IOD Mould-Baroque 1

814809-IOD Mould-Baroque 4

Create folds using the pages in the old book. Fold once toward the spine creating a triangle, then fold again at an angle. 

Create folds using the pages in the old book. Fold once toward the spine creating a triangle, then fold again at an angle. 

There will be a piece that sticks out at the bottom of the page, so give that a trim for a flush edge for the book to sit on. You can use the backside of the page as a guide to cut the straight line needed when trimming off that little excess piece. 

There will be a piece that sticks out at the bottom of the page, so give that a trim for a flush edge for the book to sit on. You can use the backside of the page as a guide to cut the straight line needed when trimming off that little excess piece. 

Once you have enough folds for a nice full skirt, then attach the ends with a strong adhesive. Clip the ends until the glue has set. Using a sharp knife, cut off the upper torso from the doll as you see here...

Once you have enough folds for a nice full skirt, then attach the ends with a strong adhesive. Clip the ends until the glue has set. Using a sharp knife, cut off the upper torso from the doll as you see here...

Adhere the doll to the top of the book skirt and cut off hair if you wish. 

Adhere the doll to the top of the book skirt and cut off hair if you wish. 

Use Finnabair's heavy black gesso to paint the hair black...

Use Finnabair's heavy black gesso to paint the hair black...

Using paper clay and moulds, create decorate appliques to cover the torso of the doll and add some fun detail to the skirt using strong glue...

Using paper clay and moulds, create decorate appliques to cover the torso of the doll and add some fun detail to the skirt using strong glue...

Paint the doll and appliques with white gesso or a chalk style paint. Add darker wax or powder to bring out the details and add shading. For the wing template, head over to Catarzyna's blog to download the pdf. Just print and cut out, then attach to the back of the doll. 

Paint the doll and appliques with white gesso or a chalk style paint. Add darker wax or powder to bring out the details and add shading. For the wing template, head over to Catarzyna's blog to download the pdf. Just print and cut out, then attach to the back of the doll. 

We hope you enjoyed this step by step and be sure to check out more of Cat's work on Instagram too. Her ideas are wonderful! And we would love for you to follow us on our @redesignwithprima Instagram to see inspiring ideas and project from our team and Prima fans. Have a great day!

We hope you enjoyed this step by step and be sure to check out more of Cat's work on Instagram too. Her ideas are wonderful! And we would love for you to follow us on our @redesignwithprima Instagram to see inspiring ideas and project from our team and Prima fans. Have a great day!

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