Winter Solstice Beast & Beauty Paper Dolls

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I never think about doing a Christmas-themed set of plates until it’s too late to actually be planful about it. I need to start in January and then maybe I can actually be ready by the time December rolls around. Even starting late, I thought: oh, no problem!  I’ll do a 12 Days of Christmas thing so that the posting doesn’t have to start until December 25th. So I started mapping out this idea of doing a Beauty & the Beast theme and each day would be a new costume and a new set of gifts, but last week I realized I would never be able to draw, color, and plate them in time–not with all the holiday ruckus going on.

As a consolation, here’s what I started. Decided at the last minute to leave it as a “cut and color” set since that might be more fun with only a single plate. I did color the figures, though (I didn’t scan them before I made the decision). I like Beast. Not so sure about Beauty. She’s okay, I guess. I really didn’t mean to make her blonde, but…oh well. Maybe if I revisit my 12 Days of Christmas idea, I’ll revamp her. I’d like to revisit this.

Beauty & the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, but I’ve never liked that Beast turned into a “handsome prince” at the end of it. He is a handsome prince–just the way he is. And yes, in my mind, I always imagined him more wildebeest-warthoggy than cat or bearlike. With hooves instead of claws. Beastly for his manners more than anything else. In an early version that I read, one of Beauty’s first kindnesses is to feed him at the dinner table. He can’t hold a spoon and is ashamed of sticking his face in the bowl. That always stayed with me.

So be kind this season–especially with all the grumpy frustrated people you meet in the stores and on the streets: they need it the most.

This is my last set of plates for 2016.  Looking forward to lots of new stuff in the coming year! I’m going to make 2017 great and I hope you will too.  I wish you all the happiest of holidays, with much peace and joy and inspiration!

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Christmas Bumble to Cut & Color (Color) Page 2

bumble2_color_thumbSome extra bits and bobs for Mr. Bumble. I have included two “blank” sweaters for you to design and color for yourself. Not because I’m so outrageously lazy (even though I am), but because I thought it would be a nice extra bit of activity business. I don’t have a lines-only (to color) version of this page. I forgot to scan the linework before I colored it and there was just no going back (that’s one of those disadvantages to working in real media instead of digital). Hope you enjoy this anyway, and celebrate your holiday as you most hope to! Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays all!

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Christmas Bumble to Cut & Color (B&W)


I couldn’t resist the urge to make at least one small Christmas paper doll. The ubiquitous ugly sweater seems like a perennial favorite, so figured I would make poor Mr. Bumble suffer the indignities. Well he looks happy, anyway. I made two versions of this: this one to print in black & white so that you can color it for yourself, and a second one which I colored for you. I’ll post the colored version next week. Hope you enjoy this as much a I did making it!

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