Here are some tips to help you with your Blythe faceup and makeup. Blythe dolls are a unique type of doll that many crafters enjoy customizing. Faceups, or the process of painting and detailing a doll's face, can be a fun challenge, and with these tips you'll be able to create a beautiful Blythe faceup in no time!
One of the most important things when working on your Blythe doll is to always use professional and archival materials. Also, practice on a blank doll or faceplate before going ahead on your actual doll.
Here are some helpful tips to get you started with your Blythe doll faceups.
Before going ahead with carving or makeup on your Blythe doll, it's good to practice on a faceplate blank. This is especially important if you are just getting into customizing a Blythe doll and do not have much experience yet. Practicing on a blank face will help you get to know new materials that you might not have used yet.
Always have a notebook handy specifically for your Blythe doll faceups. Make notes during the process about what materials you used and what you did step by step.
Note Keeping Ideas For Blythe Doll Faceup
Another idea to help you with your process is to take a photo when you are completed your faceup to tape into your notebook. A camera that is great for this are instant cameras like the Fujifilm Instax. You just have to snap a pic and it's ready to put into your book almost immediately.
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One of the most important things when doing a new faceup on your Blythe doll is to have your tools and materials ready. Having everything laid out will help you stay focused on your faceup so that you are not trying to find something while working on your Blythe doll.
To avoid oils from being transferred from your hand onto the Blythe doll during a faceup, it is very important to wear gloves. The best gloves are soft cotton cloth gloves that you can purchase in sets. Choose cotton gloves that are breathable and fit tightly on your hands.
Even if you are just playing around with your own Blythe, it's extremely important to only use archival and professional materials during your faceups. For those of you who are customizing a Blythe doll for clients, this is imperative. Sometimes cheap products can change colors over time. This is especially true for sprays and varnishes as they can turn yellow over time. Only use materials that are archival and non-yellowing. Especially for the last protective spray layer.
Before starting your Blythe doll faceup, spray on a coat of protective matte varnish first. Look for a varnish that sprays on evenly and has UV protection. This will help with your application of makeup and keep your doll protected when it is outside in the sun during photoshoots.
If you have an idea of what you would like your Blythe doll to look like, start with lighter colors and build them up slowly to darker colors. Pay attention to around any creases. Sometimes you might want to spray a protective coating in between layers, it just depends on how you would like blending and the layers to look like.
Chalk pastels are highly pigmented so do take a little bit of color at a time. You can also blot your brush onto a piece of paper towel before going ahead and applying the color to the Blythe doll.
When working on a Blythe doll faceup, good lighting is imperative. The best lighting for a Blythe doll makeup session is to use studio lights with a light bulb that has daylight color.
Work on your Blythe doll for no more than an hour at a time, then take 15 minutes and walk away. When you come back, you will see things you might want to change or work on a bit more.
Taking a break will also help rest your eyes, and when you come back you will see things that you may have missed or colors that need to be changed.
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