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

Customise your frame!

Yes, you read that right! Today’s post will be about “customising your own frame” to fit whatever theme you have in mind. I wont be able to demonstrate every kind of design of course, but I’ll give you some ideas.

In my case, I got a deep black rimmed frame. It’s basically one of the kinds where it gives you to option to be even more creative with your customisation! You can insert just about anything behind the glass to recreate a scene or enhance your photos while displaying them! I googled some examples…

Only ones I could dig up, but you get the idea.

Alright let’s get started! I’m gonna be displaying one of my graduation pictures with my friend, so that will be my theme. Blurring it out to respect her privacy :P Since this is a very optional type of tutorial, I’ll be showing you what I did instead of telling you what to or not to do.

Materials you’ll need:

1) A deep frame. I got mine from Ikea.
2) Patterned paper, or use paint to use on normal white paper.
3) Polymer Clay or anything you can find or think of that you’d like to insert into the frame.

How to do it:

1) Since my frame already came with a layout, I cut up some of this pretty patterned paper and stuck it on to replace the plain white stuff.

2) Next, I added another smaller background to go under my picture as it was a little smaller than the square cutout above. To make it look more fancy, I painted a strip of gold paint on some paper and cut it up into thin strips for borders.

3) I set that aside and started with the items that’ll go inside the frame. Using white and red polymer clay, I created a certificate/scroll first. I rolled some of the white and trimmed it into a thin rectangle. Then I rolled that to make it look like some rolled paper. I curved and played with the edges a little to give it a realistic look to it :)

Then I grabbed a little piece of red clay and flattened it out. Using my cutting knife, I pushed the tip of it on the outer border of the circle to make it look like those old melted candles that are stamped on scrolls or letters in the olden days :P My beautiful assistant May is demonstrating this for you!

Initially thought of making a ribbon, but this looks way better, don’t you think? ;) Added two red strings to “dangle” under the “stamp” and stuck it on the certificate.

5) Now it wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include a graduation cap now would it! To do this, roll a long strip of rectangle out of your black clay to make the base of your cap, and then join the ends together like this. Kinda like you’re shaping a cylinder. Mine looked like a leech worm, but you should make sure to keep your edges straight xD

Then for the top of the cap, make a square shape and be sure to keep it proportional to your base. It should be a square, not a rectangle. Place it on your base and make sure the tip of the square (any one of the four) is facing front. That’s how graduation caps look like :)

For the yellow tassel above, I used some yellow clay and rolled it into a string, then pressed on one tip to place in the middle of the cap. I rolled another short piece of string (a little thicker than the first) and stuck it to my string’s end, and using a cutting knife, sliced smaller pieces like so for extra detail!

Almost done!! I stuck both figures into the oven for a couple minutes to bake and harden and then glued them on my frame. Tadaa~

And here’s the final result…

Simple, but so pretty and easy to make! :) You don’t have to use polymer clay, as you can use flowers or dried rose petals, sea shells, or fill it with sand even! That’s why I love deep frames, because it’s all up to you!
So let me know what you think, and I hope you guys enjoyed this small DIY tutorial :>

Until next time,

- Reem AlHashmi

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