Determine the direction that you want
your doll to be looking, and the color eyes that you want.
Make a circle of paint for each iris. Notice in the photo
that the top and bottom portions of the iris are not painted, as
they are naturally hidden beneath the upper and lower
One of the best tools you can have to
paint eyes is a small hand mirror. Look into the mirror
from the same angle you want to paint your eyes, and notice how
much of your iris shows, and how it is positioned. Also
notice the position of the pupil, and make a mental note.
You will want to remember for later.
Wet the end of a sharp wooden toothpick. Use the
toothpick to gently blot out the color in the center area of the iris, leaving
some light color in the middle, and a darker ring of color around the outer
||Eyes with color
in center areas removed.
used for green eyes:
Brown Green - 85%
LaVorgna Barely Brown - 15%
||Eyes can be
painted in many positions, and in a variety of different
colors. They can add a tremendous amount of expression to
your doll. Also, if your doll has it's head positioned at
a particular angle, be sure to consider the direction that the
eyes might be looking. Dolls don't all have to be staring
straight ahead, and a starey eyed doll can look very unnatural.
colors for blue eyes:
Virginia LaVorgna Blue Eyes
Seeley Indigo Blue
Color for Brown Eyes,
LaVorgna German Brown
medium dark, warm brown color
Using your 10/0 brush and the brow color of your choice, stroke
tiny individual hairs over the brow base that you applied in the
last firing. Make sure that your paint is mixed thin enough
so that the tiny lines will flow off the tip of your brush, but do
not over thin, or these tiny lines will simply blur and run
together. Mix as thickly as possible to still have an even
flow of paint from the brush tip.
Start stroking at the center of each brow. Pay attention
to the angles of the hairs. They should lay down, following
the angle of your base brow.
Here are some reference points to check to keep your brows even.
#1 - Center dividing line
#2 Make sure that each brow starts the same distance from
the center dividing line
#3 Make sure that the brows end at the same place above
each eye. Normally the brows end at the point where a line
from edge of nose and corner of eye would extend.
#4 Make sure that the distance from eyelid to bottom of
each brow is the same, and the arch is in the same position over
Now, if desired, add additional color to lips, and
Fire all pieces to a cone
First, eyeshadow is not just for your
lady dolls. It is useful on any doll to add depth and
dimension to your painting.
For Penelope, I have stroked my shadow
color across the upper eyelid, using my 10/0 spotter.
There are many wonderful shades that can be used for eyeshadow,
and you need to choose according to the coloring or even the
costuming you have planned for your doll. The color used
here is Smoky Topaz from Seeley's which is my favorite brown
||Gently blend the eyeshadow
color up toward the brow. Keep the color darker in the
eyelid crease and inside corner, and feather out at the outside
Compare the shadowed and unshadowed
eyes. Quite a difference, isn't there?
||Both eyes shadowed using
||You can also use the same
color used for the irises to shadow, which tends to bring out
the eye color.
Children dolls sometimes tend to look
"made up" with colored shadow, but they should have a
layer of shadow in the blush color added to increase the depth
of the eye area. This adds depth, but still looks youthful
Use a small ball stylus to apply a
small black pupil.
Positioning of this is very
important. Remember to consider the angle that you have
painted your iris, and make sure that you position the pupils so
that both eyes are looking in the same direction. Keep the
size ofyour pupil under control! Don't let it fill the
For side glancing eyes, it is common
for at least one edge of the pupil to be touching the top
Use your bottom eyelid color and 10/0
spotter to redefine the lower eyelid. It will probably
have lightened considerably in the previous firings, and now
that you have your iris painted, you may find that you want it
heavier, or even blended out around the lower eye.
Don't worry about the upper lid at this
time, we will be working with it in our next firing.
||If necessary, darken the lip
color, applying paint as in previous steps. Darken cheeks
Fire to a true cone