Modern Nesting Dolls

I just finished an interesting art commission: painting a blank set of nesting dolls. It was quite different than anything I’ve done before, but surprisingly enjoyable. Another big bonus is that the recipient of the gift is an amazing photographer, and she put together this really great video. Thanks Lisa!





This last photo is from Lisa, too!


  1. l0k1
    February 13, 2010 at 12:01 am

    thanks for making these for us, joel. they're probably just about the coolest valentine's gift i've ever gotten.

  2. liz stanley
    February 13, 2010 at 7:20 am

    wow, so cool.i love seeing how you hung them all to try. so creative, once again!

  3. Isa
    February 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

    these are ingenious!

  4. fridica
    February 13, 2010 at 10:41 am

    They are so pretty! The golden one with the flowers has got to be my favorite! :)

  5. Tina
    February 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    What a gorgeous idea and they turned out so beautifully Joel! ~ Tina

  6. Kickcan and Conkers
    February 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    They look great - from every angle! Love the video too. well done :)

  7. l'art de la troupe
    February 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Ouh, que c'est beau! Bravo pour ce beau travail!!!

  8. Lisen
    February 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Can I ask where you got the blank nesting dolls?
    A great idea!!!

  9. Joel Henriques
    February 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks everybody!

    And they were purchased on Amazon, but you can find them even at craft stores usually. Just do an Amazon or Google Shopping search for "Blank Nesting Dolls" and you'll find many to choose from.

    I also used a clear water based non-toxic varnish to protect them and make them more durable. The stuff I use is Crystal Urethane by Timber Pro Coatings. I bought a small can of it at a local "Green Building Supply" store in Portland.

  10. Sarah
    February 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    what a great blog!!! I love all the arts and crafts.

  11. Robyn
    February 14, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I cant get enough of your cool stuff. Love these!

    My favorite is the white one with the rainbow bottom.

  12. Three Owls
    February 15, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I have just found this blog~ this is brilliance....I have home learners in the house and this is a fantastically inspiring resource...thanks.

  13. Mariah@Playful Learning
    February 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    They are lovely! I am really enjoying your blog :-)

  14. Holly
    February 16, 2010 at 7:46 am

    everything you seem to make is inspiring. I already handmake A LOT and your blog makes me want to make twice as much because I always leave inspired. Thanks for being here.

  15. Adrienne Brown-David
    February 17, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I've given you a blog award! Stop by my blog to check it out! (that sounds like some kind of spam-type thing now that I've typed it)

  16. Yamila
    February 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    my son who is 2 1/2 said "look at the little mamushkas, where are their faces"
    very cute

  17. Joel Henriques
    February 18, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Yeah, while making them, my 3 year old son Jack was asking me if I was going to paint eyes on them.

  18. Patrick
    February 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I haven't enough words in english to say how interesting I found your blog !
    Many nice and wonderful things here !

  19. Alexandra
    February 24, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Wow, awesome! I love how many of them there are and how tiny they get--I remember that being important nesting doll criteria when I was a kid.

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