My daughter loves the 18" dolls. Let's not sugar coat it – she is obsessed with the American Girl Dolls to be exact. Last year, the doll of the year had an art studio set up. It sold out by the end of the year so what was a mom to do?
Well, after a trip to the craft store I was able to make a fairly good art studio using miniature easels and canvases sold in the fine arts department. The easels came 4 in a package and the canvases came 6 in a pack. The easels will be "table top" easels for the dolls, instead of a floor standing easel, but still it works.
I used watercolor pencils to draw simple pictures on the canvases, then added a touch of water and voila – instant paintings. Once they were dry I sprayed them with a clear coat to stand up to heavy play time.
The artist palette was cut from a milk jug in a design that fit around the dolls hand, so it could be held. I dabbed different colors of acrylic paint onto the palette and let it dry. Again I sprayed a coat of clear on it to help it withstand being played with.
The brushes are made from toothpicks that were colored with Sharpie markers. I took an old paint brush and snipped some bristles from it, glue them to the end of the toothpick and wrapped a thin piece of wire around to look like the real thing.
Since I had the milk jug, clear coat, tooth picks, watercolor pencils and wire in my craft collection, the main cost came from the easels and canvases.
To make this 2 painting, 1 easel, artist palette, and 2 brushes it cost $3.50.