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Charming Doll Faces

February 21st, 2010

The eighth comment on my February seventh post is from Annette Lunnon. She talks about a group of Church ladies that makes two hundred dolls a year to send as Christmas presents to needy children. I asked her if I could post a picture of two of the dolls that were made for this project and she graciously said yes. I am amazed that the charming doll faces are drawn free hand. I spent years learning how to draw faces and place them accurately on the dolls’ heads. Now when I make a doll, I draw the original face and then trace and color it on fabric before I construct the doll. I make more mistakes on the faces than I do sewing the dolls.

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  1. John Nickolaus
    February 22nd, 2010 at 02:33 | #1

    These are adorable!!! Great job ladies!!!

  2. Damerosehay
    February 25th, 2010 at 04:42 | #2

    I have just removed a doll from the attic, that I put there a couple of years ago having failed to get the face right. And that was having painted it before I made the doll up. But it looked wrong once she was stuffed, and I washed it off. However there are still marks, and I don’t know what to do about them. Now I am making her some clothes, including a bonnet. Perhaps the brim will hide her lack of a face! Or I could take inspiration from Amish dolls and leave her without. Hey ho.

  3. February 25th, 2010 at 07:59 | #3

    Amish dolls are great, but if you want to try again on the face, you could use a fine line air soluble pen. When you are satisfied with the features, then color them in with your favorite method.

  4. John Nickolaus
    February 25th, 2010 at 09:31 | #4

    Sherralyn, do you paint your faces on before or after you sew and stuff the head?

  5. Damerosehay
    February 25th, 2010 at 15:10 | #5

    Thank you, that’s a good idea and I will try it.
    It seems weird to have a conversation with someone I have never met, and am not likely to. But nice – thank you!

  6. February 25th, 2010 at 20:01 | #6

    I use a combination of pens and pencils and trace and color the face before I sew it up. The only paint I use is white tube acrylic for the whites of the eyes and reflection in the eyes. @John Nickolaus

  7. February 25th, 2010 at 20:05 | #7

    Isn’t the internet a strange and wonderful thing? I am amazed at the information and connections that it offers.@Damerosehay

  8. jax
    September 3rd, 2014 at 17:00 | #8

    What type/brand of pen do you use for your faces?

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