First, my apologies to everyone who reads this blog for the lack of posts. Between traveling and new commissions over the past week, I haven’t been around the computer much. But I can fix that!
Pastel dust and brushes in hand, it was time for Aria’s faceup. A “faceup” is the term the doll-making community uses to refer to the makeup, shading, and details added to a doll’s otherwise blank face and body. Some people make good money doing faceups, with a steady hand and an eye for color. Here’s Aria before the party started:
Having decided she would be a redhead, I went crazy dotting freckles with watercolor pencils. I was a little heavy-handed on the blush, partly to hide the lint and such that had worked its way into the clay when it was soft, and to give her the look of a pale-skinned ginger child that had spent a lot of time running around in the sun. I resorted to acrylic paint for the eyelashes and eyebrows when the pastels and pencil didn’t stick well enough. Though I started to enter the realm of “too many layers” and could have done things differently, I am generally pleased with Aria’s character. She looks a little more blemished and real than a perfectly symmetrical molded doll.
I had to keep up with the freckles for the rest of the body to make it more realistic *tiny internal screams from so much stippling* and tried to imagine where people usually get sunburned. Shins, shoulders, feet, and hands all got a liberal dabbling with colored pencil and pastels.
I did a lot of research into sealing the doll, because many of the traditional spray-on products for BJDs actually react with polymer clay, causing the pieces to become sticky and discolored. No es bueno. I settled on PYM II, a protective spray originally for scrapbooking, but also labeled for polymer clay. PYM II dries in a couple of minutes, is odorless after a couple of hours, and has a fairly matte finish when applied lightly (I just overdid it on the face). I realized that to save on time and sealant, I needed to spray in batches, and I spared no expense in my supports made of toothpicks and extra clay.
Next time, wigmaking!