This repaint, of a vinyl Ashton-Drake "Sunshine and Lollipops" by Dianna Effner marks the return of my painting lessons to the point where I began back in June 2014! This is the same doll that I first tried repainting (because, in my eyes, she is the least attractive factory paint job of all the Effner Ashton-Drakes and I felt I couldn't go anywhere but upwards if I tried painting her.) That first version I was really pleased with but now when I look back on it I cringe. So here's my second try ... much better! (And two years from now, will I cringe at this one and try it again? Probably not.) Not only am I better at painting detail now, but I've come a LONG way in being able to manipulate the rapid-drying, high gloss varnish that goes over the irises of the eyes, something I failed miserably with on the first Sunny - she had funny little clear bullet shaped projections on her eyeballs!
Sunny's vinyl Ashton-Drake head and upper torso are on resin ball jointed Tenner legs and lower torso. R.
Here's another new face-up. I don't have a very good "before" picture of Emily (and besides, it wouldn't be very nice to "diss" the person who did the original porcelain painting, eh?) but she had a fair number of flaws (and still does since there is a badly repaired break at the base of her neck!) Camouflaging/blending the hard-edge fired-on brows and lashes took a bit of work but I feel good about the results. And I'm really happy with the over-paint job on her inset eyes! (Click on the photo below right to see it enlarged.)
I was frustrated yesterday afternoon when I finished the face-up because I wanted to put the head onto a body right away to share pictures, but I found that I didn't have any pink doll brain beads left. (Since this Effner 6 3/8" sculpt has the neck as part of the head, it is one of those dolls with the Tonner articulated body instead of our Tenner ball jointed body, and hence needs the brain bead to hold the head on the body - see the August 8, 2015 blog post if you've forgotten about brain beads!) So Emily couldn't get it together until I made a trip to town this morning. But she's pretty happy now! And simply pretty too, I think!!! R.
I've started painting faces again .... five orphans that are each a bit of an experiment. The first to be finished is Liat -- the first time I've painted over inset eyes! It worked out quite well, if I say so myself!
Gone are her factory painted lashes and brows and applied lashes. She looks much calmer, I think? (Replacing her factory eyes with prettier inset eyes wasn't an option - for reasons I don't understand I have never been able to remove the factory eyes from the Forever Friendz dolls the way I can from other vinyl dolls.)
Liat's refreshed head is from a Forever Friendz "Lianne" doll (a short lived line of dolls designed by Michele Severino a while back). Her body is a Tenner body. R.
Nancy Shomo at Tonner Doll answered my question about the size of the upcoming Ann Estelle/Mary Engelbreit dolls today! And guess what??? Good news!!!! "We are definitely doing the 10" size and there may also be a totally new size." So there you have it folks - straight from a bona fide source! R.
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