Lizz Ortiz: Hey there, I'm Lizz, and welcome to my workshop. Today we’re going to be making paper dolls—all brought to you by the Museum of Contemporary Art, so thank you guys for having me. Let’s jump right in.
For this workshop, you’ll need two to three sheets of paper, pencil, markers, or crayons, a black marker for outlines, scissors, and a glue stick.
Now, the first thing we're gonna do is take our pencil and start to sketch out your desired character. I'm gonna draw mine really dramatic and upset. Maybe they just dropped their ice cream cone. Oh, that would make me so mad!
Now that we have our sketch complete, we’re gonna take our black marker and start to trace around the character that you just drew. This is also a good time to fill in the hair and color in the skin tones, so that you don't have to do it later on once everything's already cut. A tip here is to take your time around the face. So within the eyeballs, you want that area to be white and the teeth as well, unless you want different color teeth. You can do whatever you want.
Once that's complete, take your second page and lay it over your paper doll. You should be able to see through the paper and be able to use it as a reference to draw your outfit, your clothes—whatever costume you want your character to be wearing. Make sure that you're doing this in pencil so that if you make any mistakes or decide to change anything, you can easily go ahead and do that.
Once that's complete, outline and color, just like before.
And now the part that we've all been waiting for: carefully cut around your character. Be very careful when it comes to the fingers and the hands and around the head and neck area. Those are spots that are usually more on the tighter side of things.
Glue everything together, and you have your very own paper doll. We did it!
Feel free to join me on May 9th for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Virtual Family Day. I'm going to be hosting a live paper doll making workshop, but I also want to use this as an opportunity to see all of your paper dolls. We can have a show-and-tell, and you can show off everything that you made and ask any questions, if you have any.