The Painting Stages of a Doll

One of my artsy friends made a comment about the changes that Experience went through - and how much she'd changed from beginning to end. And she really did - so here's a little run through of her from first paint to last. In the first picture I've done a basic face painting without the hair being painted. She was really sweet at this stage, but a little too precious.

I painted the hair and laid on watered down washes of
burnt sienna and umber, wiping off after I put them on.

Added more color to her cheeks and glazed in darker areas.
She's decided she wants the green fabric....

Dress all done but I don't like the finish of the neckline.
Back to the sewing machine to add a band
instead of gathered edges to reduce bulk at neckline.

After the distressing process...a little too much color was taken out...

So I added back some for her lips and cheeks only.

And this is where she ended up. In the past I used crackle medium to age dolls, but this time I used a different approach (and some staining solution by Blondie aka Vintage Primitives at The Humble Arts (link up to the upper right corner). I like where Experience ended up and I certainly learned something in the process.


Denise Aumick said...

Her battered face is still angelic in its sweetness. She makes you want to hug her.

The Feathered Nest said...

Dear Dixie,
What an amazing artist you are! I've so enjoyed strolling through your blog ~ you are so sweet in your postings and I love looking at all the wonderful dolls. We are all truly little girls at heart! xxoo, Dawn

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden