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creating icons showcasing the past
Challenge.003 [Paper Dolls] 
9th-Mar-2007 01:24 pm
Deadline: Friday, March 16th, 2007; 5pm CST.
You may enter up to 3 [three] icons.
You may use other images of paper dolls if you'd like to.
All effects are allowed [except animations].
All icons must meet LJ requirements.
Do not share your icons until voting has closed.
Enter by commenting to this post only, with image & url.
If you use an image you find on your own, please provide a link to the full size image.
Current entries: 27

Click thumbs for larger & uncropped images.
Images from tradebit.com + paperdolls.com + proudmommy.tripod.com.

Paper dolls have existed as long as there have been paper and creative people to apply images to it. Paper figures have been used in ritual ceremonies in Asian cultures for many centuries. An ancient Japanese purification ceremony dating back to at least A.D. 900 included a paper figure and a folded paper object resembling a kimono which were put to sea in a boat.

From the 1870s to the 1890s, European manufacturers produced beautifully lithographed full-color paper dolls. They often represented royalty and famous theater personalities, including the German Royal Family, the House of Windsor, and actresses Ellen Terry, Lily Langtry and Lillian Russell.

Collectors today enjoy many and varied sources of paper dolls. One may network with other collectors via paper doll newsletters and learn about the latest paper dolls published, sources for buying from eBay and other online auctions, catalogues, and directly from artists, and at local and regional parties and conventions. Speaking of conventions, they're the greatest place in the world to find paper dolls. First-time attendees have been heard to gush, "It's paper doll heaven in there!" upon exiting the sales floor. Greeting card companies sometimes publish cards with paper dolls. Keep a keen eye on all the publishers' racks and review them frequently each season, and you may find paper dolls and toys on cards and even wrapping paper. "Paper dolls" may be wood, cloth, plastic or even magnetic. Fabric stores now sell “paper” dolls on yard goods. Specialty shops and catalogues carry some surprising selections.
Copied from The Original Paper Doll Artist Guild

Really feel free to be as creative as you want. It really wouldn't take much editing to actually dress the dolls in most photo editing programs because the backgrounds are plain. I'm really, really looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Note: If you find images on your own, please give me a link to the full size image when you post your icons. This will help for banner making if you win!

Good luck!

P.S. There's still a few hours to enter Challenge.002 [Seven Natural Wonders].

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9th-Mar-2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Haha, these are adorable! Though it won't be easy to make an icon out of those.. Hmm.. :)
9th-Mar-2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
That just adds to the challenge! I hope some of you will be up for it because I think there's some real icon potential here and you all seem creative enough!
9th-Mar-2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
omg O.o
have no idea how to make icons from these :(
9th-Mar-2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Experiment! I hope you'll at least try! >.>
9th-Mar-2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, I've already made icons :P
9th-Mar-2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
(Yes, the caps are necessary!)
11th-Mar-2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Well you're not normal so I doubt if you can be counted. x)

God what a weird theme. My lack of inspiration is certainly not going to help either :(
11th-Mar-2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
9th-Mar-2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. Nothing is immediatly springing to mind for me either :( Have to put my creative thinking cap on.
9th-Mar-2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, this looks interesting.
I can't wait to see the entries<3
9th-Mar-2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
Me either! Already some really great ones!
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14th-Mar-2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
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16th-Mar-2007 04:56 pm (UTC) - Re: challenge # 3 icons
Nope you're not late =]