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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Face Repainting!

GREAT BIG DISCLAIMER: I am not going to do face re-paints of any dolls except extremely common, usually valueless ones. Certainly not of any vintage dolls.

Now then: If you aren't sure why anyone would want to erase the face of a doll and completely repaint it, try a google image search on "doll repaints" and you will see about a thousand reasons.

But here is one of them. I own a Gene doll exactly like this one:

And I like her all right... But truthfully, that eyeshadow and those grey brows don't do anything for me. I bought her because she was on close-out and she has a fun shape to sew for. She's in a box in the closet right now. But wouldn't I just be over the moon, wouldn't I just have her out of that box and on the sewing table, if she looked like this instead:

I would like to give credit to the artist, but trying to click through and find that information lead me to a site that immediately invoked my virus protection. If I'm ever able to find it, I will come back and add it.

Gene dolls can have countless different looks depending on the style of the artist. It's going to be a long time before I attempt a face repaint of Gene, and if I turn out to be no good at it, I'll never attempt it at all. But she is my inspiration...along with a tub of old Salvation Army Barbies.

Technically, Gene is collectible, but she is not at all rare. I am confident that there will be plenty of original-face Genes for future collectors to acquire if they would like to.


Anonymous said...

A repaint is really fun to do, I have done my first full repaint on a (cheap!) ball jointed doll a while ago, and it was not easy, and it certainly doesn't look "professional", but it was a great experience. Looking forward to your repaint!

Tricks and Manners said...

Night Owl, did you have a tutorial to follow when you did it? If you did, I'm wondering which one? I have a few Haute Doll articles on it, plus a CD from etsy. But I wonder if there are more out there.

Anonymous said...

Hi, the repaint I did was on a resin doll, so the used products may be different (for resin it has to be oil free), but for the painting itself I just Googled "face-up" (for a BJD doll that's what a repaint is called), and there were lots of tutorials, but I didn't use a specific one. I used pastels, watercolor pencils and acrylic paint, but I don't know if that are the products to use on plastic.

Tricks and Manners said...

I just saw the face up you did on your Miro doll, and she is absolutely beautiful! Do you have plans to do more? You should--your work is lovely.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! It was a great experience, but I don't have any other dolls right now to do a repaint on. I'm really looking forward to see yours, I hope you have a lot of fun with it too!

Carole Stimac said...

Greetings, the Gene Marshall repaint at the bottom of the page was done by me-Carole Stimac. I actually just started painting and selling on eBay again after a long break. And what a lovely complement about that doll. Thank you so much!