Anyway, I took this little girl from her box and she had such a cute face I thought maybe I should leave her alone, but then I remembered that either way I wouldn't want to keep her, I really do not want more vinyl dolls, I want to get rid of some, not add to their numbers. So I decided to work on her.
Here she is in her default state, she's a cutie but her features are stamped or printed on and I wanted to make her 'different'. I love her quirky eyebrow, although I'm not sure if it was intentional for her to have that or not!
Firstly I removed all of the factory face paint, you can see that her eyebrows haven't completely come off as the dark paint stained the vinyl, but that's actually quite useful to me for positioning of the new eyebrows.
And here she is with her new look. I apologise to anyone hoping for 'in progress' photos, I never did them, but maybe will do that with the next Disney Animator doll I customise, if anyone is interested. Her cute dress and hat set are by a seller on Etsy, her socks are by me and her lovely white sandals are by Marti Sanders.
Here is a close up of her eyes which I did using several different watercolour pencils, I wanted them to have the same variations in colour that real human eyes have, I hope I've achieved that.
You can also see her 'golden' freckles here, they were just an afterthought really, I wanted them to catch the sun and the ones I'd put on first with regular watercolour pencils didn't show up enough for my liking. They're just tiny dots of golden acrylic paint put on with a cocktail stick!
She also has applied human sized false eyelashes....
I think she looks like she's full of mischief, don't you?!!
Her lips and blush are done using artist chalk pastels, I grind them down and apply with soft brushes of various sizes, then seal several times with a clear matt sealant.
These dolls have the cutest profile, they are so sweet with their little ski lift noses!
You can see that I also cut her hair before washing and conditioning it. It was very long hair, right down to her ankles almost at the back, and full of some sort of sticky white styling product. Now she has a shorter, more manageable bobbed style. Much better suited for playing in the garden in the sunshine ;)
I hope you've enjoyed seeing this little Elena of Avalor. She is now going to live in the UK with the 2 year old granddaughter of a special friend of mine, as I would rather gift her to someone who might enjoy her than have her collecting dust here :) Hopefully little Sally will have fun with her new 'one of a kind' dolly!!
Have a good 'rest of the week' and thank you for visiting!
Big Hugs Sharon in Spain xxx