Diagnosis: Your Doll Is In Pieces!
The Cure: Painting And Assembly
Evelyn Lenz Flook is back with the second of a 2-part instructional
video set on sculpting miniature dolls. This latest video,
"Sculpting Miniature Dolls, Part 2: Painting & Assembly,"
is Volume 8 of The Master Dollmakers Video Instructional Series,
a multi-volume video instructional course features expert
instruction by some of the country's top dollmakers.
After learning how to sculpt the individual pieces in Volume
7 of the series, "Sculpting Miniature Dolls, Part 1: Head,
Hands, & Feet," Part 2 will teach you how to paint those pieces,
how to soft sculpt the body, arms, and legs, and finally how
to assemble all the elements to create a finished doll. This
video also includes a special bonus section in which Evelyn
shares with you six of her best tips for creating miniature
The video begins with an in-depth review of the tools and
materials you'll need. Then Evelyn shows you her techniques
for blushing the face and hands. She begins with a critical
first step: Dipping paper towels and Q-Tips into water. You'll
then apply the blush with the Q-Tip, and wipe it off with
a wet paper towel. "It's real important that you have your
paper towels wet and ready when you begin blushing" says Evelyn.
"Once the paint is applied, you don't want to let it sit on
the doll's face."
You'll continue this process until you achieve the desired
skin tone. "Do this slowly," Evelyn says. "Don't rush it.
Be patient. You may have to repeat the process many times
to get the look you want." And speaking of patience, if you're
tempted to quicken the process by substituting powdered blush
for paint, you'll want to pay close attention as Evelyn tells
you why you should never do this.
Once the blush is applied to the face, you'll follow with
torso, hands, arms, legs, and feet, following basically the
same technique. Here Evelyn reminds you to use of soft, gentle
touch. "You want to be careful not to apply too much pressure
when blushing the fingers," she cautions. "Otherwise one of
them might pop off."
When you're finished blushing the entire doll, you're ready
to start painting the features. You'll begin by preparing
your own painting tool using cotton and a toothpick. From
there you'll get a lesson in the different types and colors
of paint you'll be using.
Your next step will be to paint the eyes. This intricate
section of your doll will be one of the most critical. But
don't worry if you don't achieve perfection because Evelyn
will show you a sure-fire way to correct any mistakes and
remove any excess paint that you might accidentally apply.
From the eyes you'll move on to the eyelids, eyebrows, and
lips. And it's at this point that you'll learn how to attach
the arms and legs to the torso. Here you'll use the included
size chart to make sure your doll is the exact size and height
Once the individual pieces are attached to the wire armature,
it's time to wrap the body, also known as soft sculpting.
For this you'll use polyester batting which is available at
most large fabric stores. This is what gives your doll the
bulk and figure you're looking for. "When wrapping, it's important
that you get a very tight covering at first," says Evelyn.
Tight wrapping and overlapping the layers of batting helps
support the legs, and makes the doll feel more realistic underneath
"Of course, if you don't like the batting idea," Evelyn says,
"you certainly can make you own doll's bodies by just following
some of the porcelain patterns that are available." Evelyn,
however, prefers batting because it allows you to pin the
clothing onto the doll's body when you're working. Once the
batting is complete, your doll is ready for dressing. For
detailed instructions on dressing your doll Evelyn recommends
you study videos on the subject, which can also be found in
The Master Dollmakers Video Instructional Series.
Once she finishes teaching you how to assemble and paint
your doll, Evelyn shares with you a series of tips that alone
are worth the price of this video. Among them, using a plastic
sandwich bag while wigging your doll, creating ethnic dolls,
and correcting painting mistakes.