Monday, January 5, 2009

Printable Barbie Paper Dolls

Printable Barbie paper dolls first appeared on the scene in 1962, three years after the Barbie doll was invented (in 1959). The first Barbie printable paper doll was produced by the Western Publishing Co. under Mattel Inc. license. This first line of paper dolls was based on the Barbie doll and doll-clothing patterns.Printable Barbie Paper Doll

There were several artists who produced paper dolls throughout history. Al Anderson and Barb Raush as well as Tony Tierney created paper dolls from the 1960’s to 1980s’. In 1988 Linda Peck and Marilyn Gandre produced a set of collectible Barbie paper dolls for the Mattel Corp. These paper dolls were nostalgic blonde Barbie, nostalgic brunette Barbie, and nostalgic Barbie and Ken printable paper dolls. These dolls were hand painted and packaged in elegant graphics portfolios. Each of the paper dolls were 11½ inch scale and included 16 authentic printable doll clothing patterns.

In 1994 Mattel approached Peck and Aubrey to create a series of 35th anniversary printable Barbie paper dolls. These paper dolls were Barbie #1 (in 1959),and Barbie Bubblecut (in 1961-1962), and American Barbie Girl with bendable knees (in 1965). These dolls were made with a new process using actual photos of Barbie to create more lifelike printable paper dolls.

Printable Barbie paper dolls are very popular for scrapbooks and collections. These paper doll patterns can really enhance your pages. Paper dolls are offered in many different printable colors and design patterns for dressing up your Barbie dolls. You can make your own printable Barbie paper dolls using templates found in pattern books or sometimes over the internet. Some of these are printable for free and some you can purchase for a small price.

You can make your own printable paper doll using a method called photo real. This was the method made popular in 1994 by Peck Aubrey. When you make your own printable Barbie paper dolls it can be an enjoyable and creative experience and give your scrapbook a personal touch.


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