How to paint a reproduction Izannah Walker doll using The Little Hamptons doll kit. Doll making tutorial.
I thought that these pictures showing the stages of painting one of my reproduction Izannah Walker doll heads may help people who have purchased or were thinking of buying one of my doll kits that I offer for sale now in 2 sizes, the full size dolls at 18" for Patience and 19" for Eliza and Hannah as well as the smaller 15" - 16" size. I used acrylic paint for most of the painting as well as chalk pastels for the cheeks and for the aging process. After spraying the composition doll head with gesso, she has had a couple of coats of skin colour (still wet in the picture) I lightly Drew, with a light brown pencil, the eyes and eyebrow position firstly, before painting them with a very fine brush. A 20/0 for the fine lines and a 10/0 size for the eyes. The hair is painted in a few stages. A flat brush about 1/2" wide for most of the painting works well, and a narrower flat brush for the first stage of the ringlets. I have watered down the acrylic paint around the front hairline for a softer look. You can see in one picture that I painted the side ringlets and then with a slightly damp small brush I removed the paint from the centre of the ringlets. Using the brown paint and the fine brush I added more detail. Before ageing the doll you need to spray with a matte varnish to seal the chalk on the cheeks and then you can age her with the brown and grey shades of chalk pastel by rubbing the chalk on some paper or sand paper and picking up the dust with a soft brush. Then you pat all over the doll face. With a moist finger, just a smidgen of none oily moisturizer works, and very gentle circular motion, rub the chalk into the crevices. You can clean off the excess with a cotton bud or cloth. After the painting and aging give her another spray with the matte varnish and she is ready to go on the body.
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