Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Baby Painting for Santa

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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5 comments:

  1. I have a few like that! I never thought of doing that to them but it looks good! Thanks for the tip!

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    1. You're welcome, Ms. Leo. Hopefully your hands are more steady than mine. It was a little difficult keeping the lines straight on her diaper at the waistline.
      :-)

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  2. Well done. Yes, no Santa bag is complete without a baby doll or two or three.... Oh wait. I think I was counting the number of dolls I've bought recently. Three more are on the way. Thanks Santa! We kids can never have enough dolls.

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    1. Wow... Morristown is growing by leaps and bounds, but that is always a good thing when the new inhabitants can be incorporated into one of your stories.

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  3. That is so freakin' adorable! You turned it into a little cutiepie.

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