I really love the custom Robecca you made, and I'd like to know more about what you learned during the process. She's beautiful. What glow-in-the-dark paint did you use? Which aspects of her construction were most educational for you?
Thanks! :) There are still some things that bug me about her, but I’m glad she turned out nicely for a first try.
The glow-in-the-dark paint is something threw together by mixing pigment with polymer (gloss) medium. The medium I used first was a little too thick, though, as I discovered when I used it to gloss her eyes. The granules in the pigment are also too large for fine details like facial bits or the effects I was going to add to the heart shape, so I have to switch to just a regular craft paint for that, I think.
Aside from that, it was mostly a matter of finding out by trial and error which joints have excessive rub when you bend them (thighs, shoulders, feet if you’re using shoes) and how long to wait after priming or sealing to manipulate them. It was also frustrating to figure out which sealant to use, as simple mediums don’t work too well and it’s not a good idea to use actual varnish between layers of paint.
Favorite discovery? The ability to use colored pencils and pastels. I get supremely paranoid when I use paint, and they’re impossible to blend. I found I was able to just use the colored pencils I had sitting around. I was worried about having to purchase expensive pastels, but I found that a cheap set works just as well if you sand off the outer coating and brush it on from there. Not nearly as intense in color, but it works for me.
Now I get to explore the wonder of hair styling…I’ve already monkeyed with that, at least, so it’s not as daunting.
Well, here she is. Officially the first paint job I’ve completed on a Monster High doll. I have to re-straighten her hair and put it into curlers to add the wave I want, but her body, as far as I’m concerned, is done, done, done.
I goofed up in a lot of places, and the learning process was hell, but I gained a lot of good knowledge from this (I hate the look of gloss on these dolls and I’m not using it again, at least until my Ottlite gets here and I can do a more accurate job of applying it. Also, Mr. Super Clear flat is crazy expensive but completely worth it.) Now that this is nearly over I’m looking forward to continuing on the Howleen I’ve got going. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to sell or trade this monstrosity (I have a friend who desperately wants a C.A. Cupid) but at least she’s within reach of finally being finished. This is just the tip of the iceberg, though. I have a couple of boxes of dolls waiting their turn.
Sorry for the crap photos. I haven’t got a light box assembled yet.
(This is hard because I’m a hermit and my fat ass hates planes.)
1. Iceland (No, seriously, that country rocks.)
2. The Chicago Cultural Center (Gorgeous interior.)
3. Anywhere in Chicago that’s decidedly devoid of people, which is hard because people.
4. Seriously, I don’t really get to go anywhere.
5. For reals.