How I paint my doll’s faces! {Walkthrough}

Much overdue. Such late. Wow.

Sorry for disappearing for quite some time, was finding it really hard to find motivation to type up something new, but hopefully this will not happen anymore. Working on multiple new projects and I’m very excited to document the process with you guys :)

I wanted to share the process of giving my dolls their faces, as my friends have also expressed some interest in it, so I shall deliver. This isn’t technically a “tutorial”, but more like a walkthrough of the steps that go towards painting a face on a blank doll head. Let’s start!

Step #1 – Preparing the workspace

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I also use Winsor and Newton Professional grade acrylic paint, Faber-Castell watercolor pencils, my trusty airbrush (although it was broken when I worked on this head) and Liquitex Matte Varnish as a final sealant to set everything in place.

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I also bought this palate that comes with small empty cases to store my different mixes of pastel colors, as it is such a hassle to get the correct color (mixing powders is not the same as mixing paint) only to have it wasted once a head is finished. Now it looks like an eye-shadow palate, no? ;)

Step #2 –  The Foundation Step

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After priming the head (sealing x3) I get a natural skin color pastel that’s a little more saturated hue than the actual head’s color and lay the foundation base, to make the head more ‘alive’ and not one-toned and empty.  Under the eyes, temple, lower cheekbones, inside the ears, and sides of the nose. Some people use pink pastel… that is very very wrong.

Step #3 – Eyes

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a)    Details: Drawing in the eye crease. A crucial step, without it, the head will look off. Even Barbie has it lol.

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b)   Eyebrows: One of the hardest parts of a faceup. I start with a pastel base first to determine the shape, and then I start layering in the color and adding hair details with a watercolor pencil. If you start with pencil first, it is so much harder to erase any mistakes, and sometimes it doesn’t get removed all the way. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.
Note: Her eyebrows are light because she is blonde ;)

Step #4 – Eyeliner and lashes

 

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My favorite part ^^ For the eyeliner, I start with painting the inner/upper waterline with black acrylic paint. Then after it dries, I draw in the actual eyeliner using a water-colour pencil, and then taper out the ends. It’s almost the same as drawing in your own real eyeliner except it is much easier because you hold this head in your hands xD Look how pretty this cat-eye is *-* <3

Then after that, I lightly draw in some bottom lashes, and in this case, I added some eyeliner on the bottom waterline to redefine the eye shape :-) I do not draw in upper lashes (that would be hell to draw) as I apply real eyelashes and glue them on! ;)

This time, I used super long ones as I was always hesitant about the length previously, and because of that they didn’t photograph or show very well, so now you can seen them from around the block haha! My mom calls them “Mkashat”, which basically means, fly swatters in English :P

At this point I had already painted her lips, blushed her face and contoured it with a bronze/brown colour to give it an edge and make it pop! The final stage is glossing the lips and bottom waterline to make her eyes look ‘teary’, because our eyes are not matte either ;P I also add a puff of pearl shimmer to the face because I love anything and everything that glitters <3 It’s very subtle though.

After the wig, eyes and clothing..

Too much fun with Nova


Too much fun with Nova

She currently has some silver nail polish on [yes, I can paint her hands too ;) ], and I’m not liking it. I’m going to give her a French Manicure later on, because it never goes out of style! Keep in mind that her nail is like 3 millimetres… so if you thought doing your own manicure was hard.. x_x

Thanks for reading everybody! Hope your enjoyed this post :) Again, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me! Next post will be about my newest doll, and it may be a video, so stay tuned! :D

Love,

~ Reem AlHashmi

Planter Necklaces (DIY)

I have had this idea a really long time ago, and finally I found the time to make it!
During my usual etsy vists, I found this beautiful store- Wearable Planters by the lovely Colleen Jordan :)

This is what “wearable planters” are all about as told by Colleen:

Don’t let your plants stay at home! They help clean the air you breathe, are beautiful, and create a wonderful conversation starter. Carry a sprout, a succulent, or a flower you found on your morning walk! A necklace is a beautiful way to showcase your favorite plants, whether it is a flower or a succulent you’ve planted or found on your day’s adventures. A wearable planter is sure to make your day brighter!

You can’t possibly tell me this description alone didn’t make you want to get one asap. ;)

I know what you’re probably thinking, flower pots around my neck? No thank you. But trust me! They look absolutely great with your everyday outfits and compliment them so much! And the best thing about them is that everyday they can be different, because you can change the little flowers you put in them. Read on to see some example pictures of how they look great on almost every outfit :)

And today, I’m going to show you how to make your own version of planter necklaces using polymer clay! And don’t let that discourage you because I have finally found some polymer clay that you can purchase here in Abu Dhabi, so don’t fret! xD Yes, it wouldn’t be as clean and smooth like Colleen’s, but they look just as beautiful, trust me!

So here’s what you’ll need:
- Polymer clay, colors of your choice. (Abu Dhabi – L’atelier des Arts is one place that supplies some. If you happen to know any place in Dubai that supplies them please let me know so I can post it here for others)
– A needle or any pointy object
– Some string, thread or chain for the actual necklace
– Flowers/plants of course. These have to be small and simple, not a huge rose :P
– Your imagination.

How to make’ em:

I’ll be explaining the steps to three different shapes that I created. You can always experiment and do whatever shape you like!

The Teardrop
Using some of my navy clay, shaping it into a circle at first, I then rolled one “side” of it to shape a “teardrop” or a long oval.

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Then used a needle to shape the opening of the flower pot. This step is very important: you must make sure your hole is wide at the top, and narrow as you go down to the bottom of the planter, otherwise, your plants/flowers will fall out. The narrow bottom is supposed to support the plant in place so it doesn’t fall out as you’re moving. (This tutorial doesn’t require you to put a flower with its soil in the planter necklace, we’re only going to be using the flower.)

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Now the opening at the top will look messy at first but you can always smooth it out with your fingers. Lastly, I poked a small hole for my string to go through later on after baking the clay.

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The Circle
This is the easiest one, you can do it with your eyes closed. Shape a circle, poke a hole in it- You’re done!! No lies, that’s it! To make it look a little “edgy” and different I made the opening diamond shaped :) But that’s all there is to it.

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Don’t forget to make an opening for your string!

The Flower
I apologize for the lack of pictures for this one as I did it at the top of my head and didn’t plan it out at all, but it turned out to be my favourite! This time, instead of shaping a 3D circle I rolled out a flat one and placed it onto something circular to help shape it.

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I peeled off the edges from different sides to make it look like an opening flower. Then I just played around with it, pinched the edges and smoothed them out and ended up with this!

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Once you’re done modelling and baking, insert the strings and threads and go off to find some pretty little flowers to start wearing them around wherever you go!

Here’s the final result…

 

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Don’t they just look amazing? And yes, the last picture shows how the planter looks stunning even with an abaya on! So let me know what you think and if you guys try it, show me your creations! :)

Good luck & Eid Mubarak to everyone!
– Reem AlHashmi

Make your own Minion!!

Yes, you read that right! Finally, I have put together another crafting tutorial for you guys, and this time I’m going to be showing you how to needle felt your very own little minion! :)

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Now I explained what the art of needle felting is in my previous post, but if you missed it, check it out here. The explanation is at the bottom.

Let’s get to work~

Materials you’ll need:

– Needle felting needles (Yes, those are different from the ones you use to sew)
– Wool batting in colors Yellow, Dark+Light Blue, Grey, Black, Brown and White
– Foam or Styrofoam mat
– Lots of patience as this takes up some time, but it is so much fun!

Let’s get to the lab work! ;)

Step #1

Using your yellow wool, cut your desired length and with your hand, shape it into an oval-ish potato shape, like that of a minion. Then, proceed to stab it with your needle (a lot) until it holds its shape. It MUST be firm and look like the picture below, because what you’re actually doing is tangling the wool until it’s so tangled you won’t be able to alter it’s shape afterwards.

If you want your minion to be big (size of your palm for example) make sure you cut a big piece of wool, otherwise, if you start small, you’ll end up with an even smaller figure, because the wool shrinks a lot during the process.

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Step #2

Once you get the hang of “needle felting”, the rest of the steps are basically easier than easy. I’m a beginner myself, and if I managed to do it, then so can you! Shape two smaller oval shapes with your dark blue wool and stab them for a while until they’re nice and firm. Then, stick them on your minion, but not with glue of course. All you have to do to attach them is stab them continuously in your desired spot, making sure you stab vertically and on around the sides of the “oval feet” to make sure they’re really in place and won’t fall off easy. Make them a little smaller as we will add their shoes, and their overall feet are very small.

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Step #3

Now it’s time to dress him up in overalls! This time, we’re not making shapes, we’re layering the wool onto an existing shape, which is the minion we have now. Take your dark blue wool again, and spread it over the bottom quarter or so of your minion, leaving space for the short sleeves and the front pocket. Then stab your way around it’s body until the blue wool is stuck firmly and you cannot pull it out with your fingers. If by the stabbing you’ve noticed the blue goes deeper inside and yellow is revealed, don’t fret! Add some more layers until you’re satisfied :)

I then added the front pocket and the sleeves. Basically just eye-ball where you would place his hands in the next step, and just add the sleeves around that area.

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Step #4

Next, roll out some long yellow wool, needle felt it and attach it to your minion. I know it might seem like my minion’s arms are long, but minions’ arms go down to their feet :P Make them just a smidge bit shorter because we’re adding black parts in the end as their gloves.

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Step #5

Here, I skipped a few steps because I’ve already explained the basics on how to do them during those first few steps. Just add his details, black pieces for shoes and gloves, a cute little smile and of course, his signature goggles.

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If I’m not mistaken, I think I made myself a Dave, because of his weird looking six pieces of hair on his head :P Dave and Kevin are my favourites tbh! xD

And that’s it, you’re done! Here’s what my minion looks like :D

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Our bananas are green lol!

You can even make him follow you everywhere by making him into a minion pin! Just stick any ordinary safety pin through his bottom (If you want him to sit on your shoulder like the first picture at the top) or back (if you want him to stick like a brooch), then onto your piece of clothing! Honestly he compliments my Abaya so much <3 :D

Thank you guys so much for reading and I hope this tutorial motivated or inspired you to make your own little minion. If you did, always feel free to share your creations with me :) I love knowing people benefit from my tutorials!

Until next time, have a good weekend everyone!

- Reem AlHashmi

Monthly Finds: August

August has been a great month, filled with so many lovely things I found and bought, all thanks to Etsy :D

Laptop Cover

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Starting off with the fact that I’m going to be attending university for the next four years of my life soon, I got myself this spiffy laptop cover that I loved because of it’s simple & unique pattern :) I’m also loving the button closure, as it gives it this “envelope” look. And it has an extra pocket in the front to hold any extra things you may be carrying like an agenda/journal, pencils or even an iPad in my case :P I got it from Bertie’s Closet and she has a big range of other cute designs like this one! Pay her shop a visit!

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Hoodie Phone Case

Splashing Koi is another Etsy seller than sells a multitude of those mini hoodies for when your phone gets a little chilly :P Don’t neglect it.
That tiny zipper is just so cute! Perfect gift for those who absolutely love hoodies :) Picture is from the store page!

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Pressed-Flower Necklace

Now this is one heck of a unique store! myFlowerVillage sells jewellery that contains real pressed flowers of all kinds. Way better than the average flower bouquet, because this one is guaranteed not to spoil and wither ;) I got this forget-me-not necklace for a friend dear to my heart <3 This picture was taken from the store page.

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This one awesome Needle Felting Kit

Now I know I haven’t been very “crafty” lately, but surely this new product that just arrived today will get me back on track very soon :3 My all new Needle Felting Kit that I ordered from SweetGorgeousThings! I’ve seen dozens of needle felted goods around the internet and fell in love with how intricate and realistic some of them look. I couldn’t afford not starting my own line of felted goodies, and I can’t have a better start than with this complete set that includes all these pretty wool colours, a set of needles and a foam pad! Expect tutorials soon~

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I used my weird boxed drawer that I thought would never come in handy to house all my balls of wool :) Yay!

If you don’t know what needle felting is, read this and look at the pictures below to get your creative juices flowing~ I took these pictures mostly from DeviantArtists’ accounts who are brilliant and deserve lots of good feedback on their work! Click on each picture to visit each artist’s page!


Needle felted himalayan cat by ~amber-rose-creations on deviantART


Felted Finn by ~FamiliarOddlings on deviantART


Needle Felted Chipmunk by ~HStiLeS on deviantART


Needle Felted Raccoons by ~HStiLeS on deviantART

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve also bought the LocoMotion cat toy for Tiny but there’s no need to repeat that :P

Thanks for reading and check back next month for another Monthly Find!

– Reem AlHashmi