Eyelashes

Using the same paint you used for your upper eyelid, load your 10/0 spotter brush well, then take a couple of light strokes on your tile to clear the excess paint from the very tip of your brush.  Paint a solid stroke across the upper eyelid, over previous painting.  

Beginning at outer corner, use just the very tip of your brush to pull out fine straight lashes from the still wet eyeliner paint.  Keep the lashes evenly spaced, and remember to angle toward the corner of the eye. Do not paint your lashes like the rays of a sunburst, or you will have a very bug-eyed doll.

Remember that the photos you are viewing here are MANY times the size of the actual doll head, so the lines naturally look much heavier than they are actual size.  

While painting eyelashes is not particularly difficult, getting a decent picture of them certainly is!!!!

 

Highlight

There are several products which work well for your highlight.  Stippling White China Paint, or some of the specialty products offered by Seeley work well.  They are mixed in the same manner as china paint, but are more opaque when fired.

Mix your product well, keeping it stiff enough to hold a peak when you pull up the palette knife from the paint.

Use a small stylus tool, or even a large sewing needle.  Scoop up a small amount of paint and apply to the eye.  Be aware that the correct position for the highlight will be the same for both eyes.  (i.e. if the dot should be at the 1:00 position for the left eye, it will go in the same place on the right eye.

 

 

This white area represents a light reflection in the eye.  Matte paints do not create this naturally, and it helps to brighten your eyes to add this feature.

Check your doll for any other additions that you may want to make at this point, including lip and cheek color, or any additional strokes to the eyebrows.

 

Fire all pieces to a cone 018.

The final firing is saved for any final touches that will improve the appearance of your doll.

Remember that sometimes knowing when to STOP is half the battle, but if you see areas that could be improved with more color, then by all means, it is worth the time and effort to complete your painting and fire again. 

Examine your doll carefully, and decide what areas need more work. 

 

 

I decided that I wanted to deepen the eye shadow on my doll a bit, and add a bit more color around the nostrils.

I also added some fine accent lines to the lips.

When you are satisfied with your doll, fire to cone 018.

Completed painted head.

 

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