|Approximately 12 years ago, this Hallmark Chatty Cathy ornament ©2007 was painted brown.|
I painted the above Chatty Cathy ornament brown shortly after Hallmark released the white-only version in 2007/2008. After recently viewing the above photo and noticing the unevenness of the paint, I decided to purchase and better paint another ornament. The original retail of these ornaments was $16.50 US and $22.98 Canada. The second one was found for under $4 on Etsy. Surprisingly, after 12 years, this battery-operated talking ornament still talks when the pull-string is pulled.
|The second Chatty Cathy ornament before painting is shown with the original box and in a close-up in the next photo.|
|Close-up of the second Chatty Cathy ornament before painting|
It took about a week to complete the painting of the second ornament because each initial thin layer of paint was allowed to dry up to 24 hours before applying the next. I did not do this when the first ornament was painted, which resulted in an uneven appearance of the paint. The results of painting the second ornament are illustrated and captioned below.
|After the lace pinafore and hang tag were removed, masking tape was used to cover the bodice of the painted-on dress and the arms. The face, neck, breast area and exposed back were painted brown as shown in this photo.|
|After the head, neck, chest, and back were painted, the lips and teeth were painted and the masking tape was removed. Like the first ornament, other than painting the "whites" of the eyes, I left the irises blue.|
|The legs were painted and a final neck, chest, and back touchup was done before Chatty was laid face down upon a roll of masking tape to dry.|
|Chatty Cathy's lace pinafore and hang tag were replaced before she posed for these final photos.|
|Chatty Cathy posed with the original box.|
|The 1st and 2nd ornaments are shown in this final photo (stretch or click to enlarge to see the difference in the appearance of the painted surface).|
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