|Package of 1-inch plastic babies|
These 1-inch generic babies, usually used for decorating cakes or for baby shower games, are the perfect size for my 9-1/2 inch Possible Dreams Santa whose over-the-shoulder gift basket did not include a doll.
|Possible Dreams Santa, Christmas is for Children, holds a basket of gifts over his shoulder, has candy canes in one pocket, and a teddy bear and a ball in the other.|
These 1-inch nude babies are quite dull looking, appearing more male than female; so I decided to paint-enhance the appearance of one before Santa added it to his bag.
Here's what I did:
I used white Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint by Tulip to create molded hair and a diaper to cover her bottom.
|After applying the paint to the head and diaper area, I used a clip to hold the baby in the position shown to allow the paint to dry. The clip is attached to the baby's arm.|
I chose to paint the hair to create a more female-looking hair pattern (since most baby dolls are girls) and to add some dimension to the hair.
After the dimensional paint dried, I painted the hair black, added extra black paint to the eyes, and defined the lips with maroon acrylic paint.
The baby refused to girl up, so I painted red bows on both sides of the "hair."
|The above profile and frontal views illustrate how the doll looks after dimensional painting, darkening the hair, re-painting the eyes and mouth, and adding the painted-on ribbons.|
The doll can be tucked in Santa's basket of gifts or held by Santa as illustrated below.
I don't know what Santa was thinking, but he should have known his gifts would be incomplete without a baby doll.
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