Everything is looking good as we make our way around Amalina's face.
She's really going to need a haircut when we're done, but I'm enjoying the funky little baby bob for now. :P
Due to unusually high order volume combined with usually long business interruption (1.5 month move), I'm doing a lot of Marathon rooting these days.
I just wrapped up the gorgeous Alaina Grace. Now it's Amalina's time to shine. Amalina is a portrait doll based on a picture of a real baby. Like her namesake, Amalina will have baby fine peach-fuzz hair, making her one of our Premium Dolls.
Her hair is so fine and soft that I'm mixing it with blonde near the hairline to get that perfect peach fuzz lanugo look. I'm enjoying her long hair for now, but we will need to trim it down before she goes home. :)
Painting is a lot like writing: when you stare at your own work too long, its difficult to see where you can make improvements.
The Interim Review at CustomDollBaby.com helps me get gain a third-person perspective on my work by studying photos. Posting the pictures online and on Facebook also allows me to poll other collectors and artists for feedback as well. ;) Its all part of my quality assurance program!
Today was Amalina's Interim Review. Up close, far away, in bright light or shadows she's gorgeous! Amalina passed her Interim Review with flying colors! I'm glad I spent that extra day on little touch-ups. They made a big difference in helping her look like a real live baby. :)
We'll be rooting soon!
Now that Alaina Grace is ready to go home, I can turn my attention back to Amalina - who is also going home soon.
I have to say that it is refreshing to go back to painting a piece that I haven't looked at in over a month. Seeing her with fresh eyes made me want to do some touch-ups - a little blush here, a little more blue-wash there.
Once I was happy with the touch-ups, I went ahead and finished those tiny remaining details - finger nails and lips. Interim Review coming soon!
Born June 18, 2015 weighing 63.4 oz, 20" long
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The Glues and Goos are the final step in creating a lifelike reborn baby doll.
First, I glob a ton of glue inside the hollow vinyl head to seal the hair. This way, the hair can be washed, brushed and styled without pulling out.
I also glue the eyes in place as well as a magnet for the pacifier.
Next, I glue the eyelashes and seal the eyelids. This clear coating helps prevent moisture from getting inside the doll while creating the beautiful appearance of moisture.
After a half day in my dehydrator, this little lady will be ready for picture day!
This is what the light at the end of the tunnel looks like when you're a doll artist!
After several days of marathon rooting, I'm finally seeing Alaina Grace's beautiful coif come to completion. How exciting! She'll be going home soon!
I'm making great progress on Alaina Grace's micro-rooting post-relocation.
I love rooting those delicate hairs of the hairline. Rooting over the painted hairline gives a gorgeous 3D effect.
I'm also loving those little curls! What a cutie!
Got a lot done. Still got a long way to go. I'm rooting right along!
Greetings from Jamestown, NC!
After a long and busy month of relocating, I'm excited to announce that this New Englander has finally flown South!
I still have a lot of unpacking to do, but my workshop is back up and running. Feels good to be home!
Something about moving makes me regret every item I ever bought. LOL So many boxes. So much stuff. Time to make some trips to Salvation Army!
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Reborn Doll Artist
Hi! My name is Kim. I am a reborn artist based in NC. I have been creating dolls since I was a child. I discovered the art of life-like baby dolls in 2011 and have been reborning ever since.