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Monthly Archives: March 2009

pegasus_wingsThis project compliments an earlier post (see that post for instructions):

And the files to download individual components from this post:  pegasus_wings_gold_color_pdf  pegasus_halfsize_trotter_color_pdf pegasus_halfsize_galloper_color_pdf1

(I’ll add more wings soon….they’re great fun to make.)

img_1717Here’s a project that got us through a day in late March with especially horrid weather outside:  make a sort-of-flying paper pegasus.

The free pdf files you’ll need: pegasus_halfsize_bw_pdf2

This version prints in black & white onto an 8.5 x 11 sheet of letter paper for you to color.  I highly recommend using stout paper, such as cardstock. pegasuses_ours_480s

Here’s how we made ours:


1. Pick your horse body and pick your wing pair.  Color ’em in.   We used crayons and markers because they were on hand.  Add glitter, sequins and bits of what not.   Depending on your inclination, you may choose to make each component a mirror image of it’s partner or you may go for the daring separate size look.  Coloring mirror images is a good, challenging task for young children in particular.  Choosing to make separate sides different is quite daring for most older people.

2.  Cut the components out,  leaving a generous outer perimeter around tight areas such as the horse’s legs and ears.  My youngest, age 4.5, could cut the wings but not the horse’s body.

3.  Glue the blank sides of your horse bodies together, matching them together as closely as possible.  Hold the two pieces up to a light or window to help align the dark lines.  Our horses wanted to bend a bit as they dried, so we pressed them between a stack of heavy books as they dried.  I used a higher quality scrapbooker’s glue stick and it worked great.  My older daughter used a school-glue type glue stick and it did not work; she resorted to taping the heck out her horse (see picture of blue pegasus.)

4.  Take a look at your wings and think a bit about how you want them positioned on the horse’s body.  For instance, if you want the horse to be attached to a string and flying above you, you’ll probably want the colored side of the wings to face towards the ground.  Fold the tabs of the wings at the dotted line and then again higher towards the wing tip, angling to get the tilt you desire. 

5.  When the horse body is dry, attach the wings by glueing/taping the wing tab in place.  For our needs (we tend to really play with our toys) both glue and tape were necessary.

6.  How will you use your horse?  One of ours is flying from a string attached to it’s head and to the kitchen light.  Another has a ribbon with a loop and spends a lot of time flying in circles around my youngest daughter.  My oldest didn’t want to poke a hole in hers…..she holds it by the belly and makes it gently flap with wide motions of her arms.

P.S.  The images we used for this project were based on stencils we made in ArtRage 2. Original image sources were from MisterPaint at ArtRage and Murasaki99 at Deviant Art (many thank you’s!).  Have fun!  -Leah

sowena_netherlands_hatFirst off, the free pdf files for these paper doll garments (prints in full color or black and white to fit and 8.5″ x 11″ paper:

boarace_netherlands  sowena_netherlands

 For the scantily-clad dolls that this clothing fits and assorted pertinent info, please see this post:

Have fun!  -LSW

Hi there!  Well, it’s Springish at long last.  I took a most revealing walk with my dogs a few days ago and the touches of green in the deep woods we visited were quite the welcome site.  I made these two compositions to remind me of the walk…….

Both images are a combination of free stencils from the ArtRage 2 forum community and stencils that I’ve made from my own images.  The novel image of the lady with the feathers is from MizzD at Deviant Art:  Thanks for letting me use the image!

I’ll share a few of the stencils that are from my photos…..

Boarace and Sowena visit France!  Their costumes are loosely based on illustrations in a very fine book, Folk Costumes of the World by Robert Harrold & Phyllida Legg (gotta love all those double consonants.)  Anyway, it simply a super book.

The free pdf files:  boarace_france_pdf     sowena_france_pdf1

The original post/files containing the Piggums paper dolls:


I rendered the costumes and decorative accents in ArtRage 2 with pen and ink.  I hunted down and referenced other images on the internet, so there are minor deviations here and there from the original illustrations.  Accent stencils were supplied by the Art Rage forums.

Please note:  Mrs. Sowena is carrying a basket full of grapes.  To make these grapes fit into her original basket, include a large tab on the base of the grapes when you cut them out.  Make a slit or two in the basket held by the doll.  Insert the grapes with tab into the slits on the doll.  Voila!