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We Are Not Lost

When I saw the wonderful papers from October Afternoon’s Campground Collection and pulled out my May Arts ribbon I was so inspired!  I immediately thought of creating this fun mixed media piece influenced by the amazing work of Kelly Rae Roberts.  We are not lost, we simply are. 




  • May Arts Twine in natural
  • Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
  • Beacon’s 3 in 1 Quick Dry adhesive
  • A 6×10 canvas or stiff board to use as the base.
  • Ink, paint, glitter glue, spray inks and other colorants of your choice.


To begin, cover your backing with the fabulous text sheet from the Campground Collection.  Using glitter glue, ink, and spray inks create a unique backdrop for your girl.



Cut the tree from the patterned paper and adhere to the background.  Cut a swirl from the star paper and add to the top to accent. 



Create a head and torso from canvas paper, watercolor paper, or whatever you have on hand using various paints.  Cut out and adhere to background.  Cut a triangle shaped dress from Campground Collection, as well as legs and adhere to create the basic doll.  Trace all parts with a charcoal pencil or a marker for definition.



Cut the text from one of the stickers and adhere to the background beside your doll.  Using your finger, spread a bit of glitter glue (distress stickles) over the words to give them sparkle.



Accent your doll with May Arts ribbon and use alphabet stickers cut into shapes for the shoes. 



To create the hair, dye the twine with multiple colorants to achieve the desired color.  I used Spray ink, walnut ink, and alcohol based markers.  Tie with burlap string and loosen the ends to create the pony tails.  (Absolute ADORABLENESS!  Just say’n.)



Once you have the board created use the quick-dry adhesive to adhere twine (un-dyed) all the way around your piece, leaving a lot of slack around the top to hang.  I started at the bottom center and worked my way around to make it as secure as possible.



Now share your wonderful piece with the world!!!!



Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my tutorial!  I hope you make something wonderful!!!


Blog post by: Jingle


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  1. DeniseB

    Love this project! So many great details!

  2. indy

    Wow! What cleverness you have!

  3. Rebecca Ednie

    Very unique. I love the hair.

  4. Cynthia B.

    Cool canvas! Love the shine on it. Gotta say the way you did the hair is awesome!!

  5. Sue D

    Great mixed media project!

  6. b.poteraj

    My gosh you ladies have some great ideas.

  7. Sharon Gullikson

    I need to try that. I have some old books…

  8. natasha G.P.

    That is COOL!!

  9. Lucy

    Stop making me drool! I then want it all 🙂

  10. Mumsie

    Awesome project!

  11. Becci Manies

    I love the distressing look of this! I am still working on this technique myself. Thanks for the tutorial, great pics!!!

  12. Natalie Elphinstone

    This is pure fabulousness!

  13. Donna

    This is fabulous!

  14. Mandie Wade

    This is very cool! I’ve been trying to get into altering stuff more. What great inspiration!

  15. Natalie

    I have to say the faceless girl looks a bit creepy! but the OA paper is cute….

  16. Karen aka Soccerboyzmom

    This is so, so cute.

  17. Kelly massman

    What a fun idea! So cute!

  18. Michelle Smith


  19. Stacey

    This is so cute! Thank you so much for sharing!

  20. Laura

    I am very impressed, particularly, with the hair — the color looks great, very uniform — and your skills at fussy cutting out the tree. Perhaps I need more practice!

  21. Carole Hepburn

    this card is totally cute !!

  22. Lindy


  23. Amanda J

    Love this! Another great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Meme

    Love this! Great use of the papers! I love your vision!

  25. Charlene

    So cute…just sayin’!! Great hair and love those shoelaces.

  26. karen m

    Great tutorial and what a fun project Jennifer! Love the burlap and twine nice!

  27. Holly Tolman

    I love this project, and it looks a lot more complicated than it really is, thanks for sharing

  28. Holly Tolman

    I love this. It turned out great!

  29. Jasmine Ford

    This is cute! Reminds me of Christy Tomlinson’s She Art girls!


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