Friday 17 February 2017

Broken by Lesley

Hey everyone. Lesley here with a slightly personal piece this week.

You may have noticed that i have a love for dolls. Especially the old vintage type. I love their faces.......i always feel they have a story to tell.

The dolls head i have used for this project definitely has a story to tells me how broken you can feel sometimes in life.

Because the dolls head was broken, she needed to be protected, so i used one of the ATB cube kits with the arch face.

I started off with painting the cube with gesso. And then splodging on some umber coloured paint. The edges were all done with black paint.

Using a white paint pen, i scribbled broken all over the sides.

The face was painted white, then a layer of crackle glaze was added. And then black paint rubbed into the cracks.

I love the look the crackle has produced......makes her looks even more sadder and broken!

Two of the mini wings were added to side of the arch.

I mounted the head onto an old building block. Covered it in paper tape and soldered all the edges.
I then added a mini plaque and stamped the word 'broken' onto it.

The cube looked kinda lost on its own, so i mounted it onto a chunky piece of old wood. On the top of the wood, i added some white and grey paint and a layer of crackle glaze.

Thanks so much for reading.


Ingredients used

ATB Cube kit with arch
Mini MDF wood wings, style 4
Mini MDF notched rectangle shape


  1. Aw that face is so sad and definitely tells a story. I love the crackle and how she is protected in the cube . Very thought provoking piece. Tracy x

  2. Oh, yes, I know how important it can be to feel protected and that we are sometimes more fragile than at other times.
    I love this piece of art to bits, Lesley!
    I love the depth, the textures, the message and especially that it is a very personal make (which is essential to making exceptional art).

    Thank you very very much for sharing! Your protected (saved) broken doll strikes a chord with me.

    Claudia xxx

  3. What a powerful and interesting piece, Lesley. Thank You so much for sharing. xx