Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Annie Make-Do

Here's an Annie make-do that I am working on right now. She is still naked and does not have any hair. I can't find my matte spray sealer so she will have to wait for the clothes and hair until after she is sprayed. I love the way her face/eyes came out. I outlined the eyes free hand with my prismacolor pencils then painted the eye bases white. I left a crescent white area while making the center of the eye with black acrylic paint. I used the pencils to make the blue color and used a cream colored pencil to make the  squiggly "lines" in the iris...that's what gives eyes that marbled look....you should see my son's "marble" blue eyes...amazing!! Okay, back on track...I then painted white highlight dots in the eyes.  I painted the eyelashes and eyebrows with a thin lined black. I went over the outline of the entire eye with black again after finishing-this gives the eyes definition and a softer look. The nose was penciled in first then painted over with heritage brick red. I don't care to use real makeup for the cheeks and highlighted areas of the face so I use the broad side of the prisma pencil. If you do this, use a light gentle stroke so you don't have "lined" markings....this wouldn't be good as you cannot erase. I did not tea dye her but will probably do it for the next Annies.

She is adapted from a free download by Sandy @ The Olde Country Cupboard. She is a cross between a couple of my favorite designers: Sandy as mentioned above and Maureen from Sweet Meadows Farms. I just love them both. I have added a twist to the pattern by putting "shoes" on the candlestick. They are not done yet; have to hightlight them in white so that they stand out.

Incidentally, if you have an Ollies store near you (an odd lot type store that you have to rummage through) it's worth the trip sometimes.... I found these wooden candle sticks in small (approx 8 inch) and large size (approx 12 inch) for 49 and 79 cents each....a bargain considering that they are around 2.99 and 3.99 in the craft stores!!

 I will put a "dress" on her; one for each season will be included when I list her. I will be making several sisters to keep her company. I am hoping to get a booth at a wonderful local artisan shoppe. Wish me luck; I'm first on the wait list (thankfully the owner likes my handmades)!! :) patti


  1. So cute!! Her face is really adorable! She also reminds me of a doll pattern I bought recently by oldbagdesigns on Etsy! I just love those BIG eyes!

  2. Patti thanks for the Birthday wishes I sure appreciate it! Annie is going to be so cute, and I bet her sisters will be just as cute!~ Love her!

  3. Great post!

    btw am unfortunately very busy with travel, assignments & deadlines just now so won't be able to leave any more comments on yr lovely blog for a little while. Sorry! :o(

    Hope you have a lovely weekend



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