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
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!!!!
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
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
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
||The final firing is saved
for any final touches that will improve the appearance of your
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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