Sunday, June 8, 2014

Two dolls in stage two of painting.

These Izannah dolls are being made for friends. I have already painted the first coat of basic features and let dry. I then went back and distressed these dolls and then painted them with antiquing liquid, and then wiped off. At this point you can do two things, first is to immediately re-paint on top of your antiquing stain, or you can wait and let dry and come back later, but I have found it is better to go ahead and paint on top of the stain, that way, you can make corrections right then and get a better idea of how your doll will look in the end. Now, you ask, well,  is this the end. No. There is still a lot to be done, inspite that I have said this method is 3 stages. I have yet to paint the dolls for the third time, then there will be the Tweek out. Tweeking just means you are putting finishing touches to your doll. There are tiny details to adjust, and the smallest changes will make a difference to how this doll will look for her life. They are starting to bloom out for us and soon we will have two new little people to dress up. I think this part of the doll making is my favorite. The second doll in this post is rough in appearance, but this will change, both will be smoother with additional paint I will put on, so bare in mind these are in progress and not a finished doll.


  1. I love what you said about " this doll will look for her life." The fact that these dolls will live on long after we are gone, just as the old Izannah dolls have, makes one hope their lives will be good ones. No doubt, these precious little girls are going to look beautiful for the rest of their lives!

  2. I love them--both of them. Sweet expressions! I know what you mean about adjustments (tweeking)... I do the same with sculpting. I do an initial sculpt in layers, but even the last layer is never really the last layer! :~) Some lucky people will get these sweet Martha babies!

  3. So much fun to see the process. So much more to painting a doll than simple embroidery, but even that I may do several times before I'm satisfied!