Sunday, March 17, 2013

Old hose, new hose

Ooh La La Fishnet Stockings 

I have these great fishnet stockings with mini holes - great until they got runs and became unwearable.   Well... unwearable for me, that is.  I think they will be just the perfect touch for a doll, don't you?

These hose been in my drawer since last summer because I just like them and can't get rid of them.  You know how it is.

Here's a closeup showing how the hose looks in action.  Oooh la la!

I'll fiddle with it a little, and add some details to these boots.   Stay posted and I'll show you how it turns out.   Her hair will be next!
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Monday, March 04, 2013

Repurposed and Rejuvinated!

I wanted to share the progress of my new "done-over doll" :

After- painted face
Before - cloth face with colored pencils

I'm completely amazed at the results so far.  I can barely believe that this is the same doll!  It's amazing what a little TLC can do.

I still haven't decided what to do with her hair, but I don't' think she wants be a black-haired girl again.    I haven't given her eyebrows or lashes yet because I'm still thinking... No false eyelashes this time! And, she might lose the hat.  I don't know.  I'm a slow thinker and that is okay. 

This is what I am using (not these colors, just showing you the brand and type of paint):

I like it because it's got unsurpassed pigment and quality, and it's not too expensive.
My list of paints are as follows:
  • titanium white
  • titan buff
  • quinacridone violet
  • quinacridone red
  • carbon black
  • burnt umber light
  • yellow ochre
  • primary cyan
  • green gold

I always tend to gravitate toward these colors.

These paints are not too hard to come by.  If you need to get them online, you can find them here, among other places.  

The skin color is a paint that is sold on The Clay Alley website.
I really like it and I just keep a nice sized bottle around, so I don't have to keep mixing colors to get a good skin tone.  It lasts a long time and doesn't dry up over time.

One last thing that I have to say about acrylic paint is that it dries pretty quickly.  It's nice to be able to work relatively fast and not have to wait long for your layers to dry.  That is a definite advantage.  I think for the next doll, I would love to try oil paint.  I used to be kind of impatient, if you  know what I mean- waiting for the layers to dry and all - but I think my tastes have changed.  I like the idea of taking my time.  :-)

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