She looked rather impishly at me and I was smitten! But when I saw that she was being sold by someone here in Spain, I knew that it was meant to be, so I bought her and she arrived in two days!!!
This is Reira, she's created by a Spanish artist called Lola Palacios of Atelier Momoni. Reira is 33cm tall and has a body shape that is very popular at the moment in the BJD world, her hips and bottom are large but her waist and bust are small. It's a challenge to dress her because of this shape, but I think it'll be fun finding her style. I do believe that this style of BJD is called 'artist' doll....but Reira is a 'true' artist doll anyway!!
Because Reira came blank (without any facepaint or 'faceup' as it is called) I thought I would give her a temporary faceup myself, before I decide who to send her to for a professional one. One of my favourite faceup artists, Raven, no longer works on dolls, so I will have to look around for someone who has a slot available, but more importantly, who's work and style I really love!
So here are some arrival photos.....The box is 'stylish', quite plain with the Atelier Momoni 'crown' logo in cerise pink and company name in grey...
The doll came with a certificate of authenticity and a postcard sized sketch of the doll, drawn by the artist Lola Palacious
Inside the box, Reira was safely nestled in her lovely pink and white polkadot padded cushions. You will see she came without eyes or wig.
"Hey, let me out of here!!"
"Phew...that's better! Although I'd have liked something other than this cold tile to sit on!!"
Reira's skin tone is called 'toffee' and it really is a nice creamy tan. I love tan dolls, with the bright light and sunshine here, they photograph so nicely.
Being the impatient person I am, I decided to start on her faceup yesterday afternoon. Having sewn all morning, it was nice to put the fabric to one side and do some work on her.
"Are you ready?"
I use artist quality watercolour pencils and chalk pastels and Mr Super Clear Flat to seal between layers. I'm not entirely happy with the end result but it will do for now! Unfortunately by the time I'd finished it was dark so the photos are taken with flash....I planned on taking more photos today outside in natural light, but after yesterday's sunshine, today we have rain!
I'm not sure which wig she'll wear yet. Her head is quite small, 5-6 inch wigs are too small though and 6-7 are a bit big. The burgundy wig below is quite big on her whereas the brown one is a bit small! I think she needs an exact size 6, which I don't have much of. So I will be on the hunt for a new wig for her, I may even consider making her a Tibetan lambswool one....I think that style would suit her. The eyes I've chosen are oval hazel brown glass. I think she looks a little bit like a cat!! :)
Here are some posing photos, she poses beautifully as she is completely double jointed, and can touch her face or her hair. It was still raining as I took these so I apologise for the poor quality of the photos.....I will take more when the sun comes out!!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing my new girl and I hope you all have a lovely week ahead. And for those of you with very cold weather and masses of snow....please keep safe and warm!