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Repaint Dollies to be more child friendly
You probably grew up with Barbie, and now your children (or your friends' children, or possibly even you) are growing up with Bratz/MonsterHigh dollies. Each of these, including our own Barbies, are given factory makeup that is caked on. You may like this, and that is fine. For the others, the ones reading this and wanting to make their own 'refaced' dollies, here are a few steps.
My favourite source for information is from Nicolle's Dreams: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Et29eOO7ZKqJZ-VrSWsMA
This came from many different sources. The following are a few of the sources that I've looked at:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqiNDsTcknk
- https://www.flickr.com/photos/8542954@N07/sets/72157606651877346/with/2750100231/, http://tr3is.deviantart.com/art/Face-up-TUTORIAL-175153692
- http://lady-in-a-window.hubpages.com/hub/Learn-How-to-Repaint-Barbie-and-Fashion-Dolls-How-to-Paint-a-Doll
- http://www.dolls-n-daggers.com/Dolls/OOAKtipspainting.php
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6v9ozzxOAE.

!!! PLEASE NOTE: I am still learning. This is as much a WIP for me as a tutorial.

Posted by Falene M. from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada • Published See Falene M.'s 12 projects »
  • Step 1

    Remove the factory make up. If you don't think that you have the skill to repaint the eyes, don't worry. Just remove the makeup from around the eyes (for this you will need a steady hand and a Q-tip).

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Cake Face To Clean Face: Dollie Repaint - Step 2
    Step 2

    Look at the difference that makes!

    At this point, I chose to keep the hair as it was, but I did attempt to wash out some of the shine (I used shampoo for this). This had the added benefit of getting rid of the knots!

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Cake Face To Clean Face: Dollie Repaint - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now, after the makeup is removed, there are a few options that one could take. If you are just beginning and/or have little confidence in your ability to place and size the features of the face correctly, you can paint to the size/location that is indented. I suffer from overconfidence, so I just painted away.
    You may also want to draw out the features of the face (I drew the eyebrows and that was about it)

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Alma · 3 projects
Great work, I've seen some works like yours, they didn't explain how to do it, but I like the way they are done, make this dolls seems more natural and more appropriate for children.
Falene M.
Falene M. · Abbotsford, British Columbia, CA · 18 projects
Thank you!! Embarrassed
I agree! There are some really great repainters that I aspire to be like - especially the ones who can recreate a very natural face onto the dollies. As I get better at this, you may see more tutorials, but for now it is mostly trial and error Happy

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