Miss Violet (aka Fiona) has been wanting to make her own “Fiona” dolls. Ginger (aka Blythe) has two “Blythe dolls” – and so we looked for “Fiona dolls” – but you know what? They just don’t make them!
Example of a Blythe doll (from Wikipedia):
Anyhoo – Violet (6) has been watching doll making tutorials on YouTube, and she had some ideas about what she wanted to do. We got a box of free Bratz dolls that someone was throwing away (over 30 dolls) – and she decided to remake them. You can find similar dolls for free (or very cheap) on local sales sites or at thrift stores. (Make sure to ask the employees to save donated dolls for you because they will usually throw them away.)
Here’s a “before” picture of a few of the dolls. We started with a small batch of five dolls, since we weren’t sure how this was going to go!
Evan used pure acetone to remove the dolls’ original painted faces. I tried to remove the paint using regular nail polish remover – but it didn’t work (at all). With the 100% acetone (from Target) – the paint came off easily and effortlessly. Evan used this opportunity to give Violet (6) a science lesson in chemistry. I guess his bachelor’s degree in chemistry does come in handy sometimes. Ha!
Removing the doll’s face:
We were joking that these are the “faceless dolls” – kind of like the “faceless men” from Game of Thrones.
“Who is a doll? A doll is no one.” -Jaqen H’ghar
Can you imagine? Not really, but it’s still fun.
Anyhoo – these are the acrylic paints Violet got for her 6th birthday. You can use all kinds of materials to redo the dolls’ faces (even colored pencils). I picked these acrylic paints up for $5 on Amazon (lightning deal) – so I figured we’d try them out.
You need really small brushes to do the faces. I did not have any small paint brushes, so we used makeup brushes that I had in my makeup kit that had never been used. (What does that say? I think you know what that says! Ha!)
It really is such a learning experience, because a tiny amount of paint goes a long way. You can use any kind of doll (Barbie, etc.) – but the Bratz dolls and Monster High dolls seem to work really well because their features are so large and child-like. It’s an easier target to paint, because their faces are wider (larger canvas).
The good news is: if you mess up, you can wipe it off and start all over again!
Painting the dolls:
There’s a pretty steep learning curve. The first doll Violet did was crazy! Haha. She was so embarrassed, she would not let me take a picture of it. This is the third doll she did (by herself). I think it turned out pretty great – and the dolls will just keep getting better as she practices more. Violet just turned SIX, so you know – keep that in mind. 🙂
We haven’t gotten around to dealing with the hair yet – or painting more detailed features (like freckles). For now, it’s just a fun and simple art project. It’s important to me that she paints these dolls herself – so that she can be proud of what she’s made. And just so you know, she is very proud of her little “Fiona dolls.” That makes my heart happy. 🙂
Violet LOVES her “new” dolls. These were dolls that were going to be thrown into the garbage, and now they have new life. Ginger (8) has had so much fun helping Violet dress her special dolls – and the remade dolls (named Daisy and Zoe) even play with Ginger’s “Blythe dolls.” The dolls all go to a special boarding school especially for smart dolls. (Did you know there was such a thing?! Ha!) They’ve been having the time of their lives playing wth these dollies, and I think the dolls are happy, too…
Violet with “Daisy” – her first “Fiona doll”: