Thursday, July 24, 2014

The "What If?" Doll

I'm baaaack! *grins*

I abandoned this little blog a couple of years ago when I also gave up reborning baby dolls. I'd found that while I enjoyed the intensive, laborious work of creating a reborn, I could not find my place in the reborning market.In other words, I was spending more money on my art than I was making.

So why resurrect this blog now?

I have found my way into the world of OOAK (one of a kind) doll repainting, and boy, do I love it here! I begin with a store-bought doll, remove her factory paint, and give her a completely new look or face-up using soft pastels and professional acrylics. I seal the deal with Mr. Super Clear.

So far, I have painted Ellowyne Wilde, Monster High, and Ever After High dolls. Of the three, I enjoy repainting the MH dolls the most. I love their unique personalities, and I have a lot of fun giving them a whole new look.You can have a peek at my currently available dolls in my Etsy shop. Thanks so much for peeking!

The dolls I've painted so far vary from quirky and strange to cute and fun to just plain adorable (i.e. Lagoonafire). I spend about ten to twelve hours on each doll. I squeeze in dolly repaint time between being a mom to two fabulous kids, completing grad school assignments, and generally running a household on my own. Painting fills a space in my life, allowing me to express myself creatively and at the same time, offer something cool and fun for others to view and enjoy (and maybe even purchase).

Today, I posted a picture of my latest repaint, Lagoonafire, on Facebook, and it caught my friend Abby's eye. She declared it adorable but then she posed a challenge. What if I pushed myself further still? What if I devoted a huge amount of time on one doll? This got me to thinking? What if I went deeper with the details and layering? What if I added more hair to give the doll's hairstyle a fuller, more life-like look? What if I sewed her an original outfit? What if I made jewelry for her?

The dolls I currently sell in my shop are reasonably priced to be readily available to someone who likes them. Each doll is $40 plus shipping. At the moment, I'm offering $5 off each order. All you have to do is use coupon code INSTAGRAM714.

The "what if" doll would, of course, be more expensive due to the extensive work involved in creating her, but I believe there is a market for my work. I simply have to find my audience. Oh, and I have to keep doing the work itself, pushing myself farther with each new doll I create.

Here's the thing. I'm going to give this "what if" doll a try. And, I've decided to share the journey with you. I'll be taking work-in-progress pictures along the way and blogging, perhaps once or twice a week, about my process.

The "what if" doll is *drum roll* Abbey Bominable! (In honor of my friend, Abby!)

Because I already took her hair down, I'll share a stock image I found online, so you have an idea of what she looks like before her makeover.

So, what do you think of my new venture? Are you a doll fan? Which doll brand/line is your favorite and why? Have you ever tried repainting a doll? What are your favorite techniques?

Coming up next: "What If" Doll Gets a New Hairdo

Dolly hugs,

Trenda Marie

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tiny & Sweet - Miniature Reborn Baby Doll

UPDATE: Annie is now with her new mommy!
If you've been dreaming of bringing home a reborn baby doll, this little darling would love for you to be her forever Mommy. She's on sale for a limited time.

Annie is a precious 6-inch miniature reborn baby girl dressed in a sweet pink romper with matching bonnet.

Annie weighs approximately 9 ounces. Her head, limbs, and body were weighted with tiny glass weighting beads and high-quality Poly-fil. Body is cotton fabric. This baby is intended for adult collectors only. Not intended as a toy for children.

Annie began life as a vinyl kit created from Secrist's adorable sculpt, Bunny.

All of her beautiful details were patiently and meticulously painted by me using many layers of Genesis heat set paints...even her tiny fingernails, toenails, and eyebrows!

Annie will arrive wearing her pink romper and bonnet. Adoption certificate included. If you wish to change your baby's name, let me know in the message to seller, and I will include the name of your choice on the birth certificate.

Thank you for peeking at this little sweetheart! Bright Blessings!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Joseph ~ Reborn Baby Boy

Joseph ~ Cute Preemie Reborn - ADOPTED

~ NEWS from the NURSERY ~

Sophie joined her new mommy in California last week, and I've just told Lily the gorgeous news she'll be joining her adoptive mother in just a few days. It's been a busy week here in my nursery! Such joy and so much baby fun!

What do you think of Joseph? My friend Abby helped to name him. Thank you, Abby!

Joseph began life as a Victoria Reid sculpt (Zoe) from Secrist dolls. After two weeks of patiently waiting as I meticulously and lovingly painted his every precious detail, Joseph is finally ready to meet his new mommy!

Joseph is 17 inches long and weighs approximately 2 pounds and 4 ounces. His little outfit is a size Preemie and was made by Carter's. He also brings home a receiving blanket, birth certificate, and because he couldn't bear to part with it: his dear monkey snugglie to keep him company on his journey home.

Thank you for having a look at my newest little darling!

Dolly hugs,

"Mary Golightly"

Proud member of International Reborn Doll Artists

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cuddly Baby Dolls by Mary Golightly - Now on eBay

A baby is sunshine and
moonbeams and more.
Brightening your world
as never before.

Shopping for a doll lover for the holidays? Better still, shopping for yourself? :-)

Peek at two of my reborn creations now on eBay. No reserve. Super quick, one day handling time. Economy or expedited shipping available.

Lily ~ Formerly, Kaylee, a Limited Edition sculpt by Linda K. Smith

Lily is 19 inches long and weighs approximately 3 pounds.


Keri ~ Formerly Taffy, a Victoria Reid sculpt

Keri is 17 inches long and weighs approximately 2 pounds.

If you have any questions about my dolls, please feel free to leave a comment.
Bright Blessings!

"Mary Golightly"
(Trenda Plunkett

Taffy and Kaylee from Secrist Dolls

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Meet Lilly

Thank you to everyone who's been following along as I brought Kaylee to life! Kaylee is the name of the sculpt by Linda K. Smith. Secrist Dolls produced a limited edition of Kaylee doll kits...only 295! I have completed my doll and have now renamed her Lilly.

Love her sweet blond hair? I wanted Lilly to resemble a toddler, so rather than rooting her hair, I selected a premium mohair wig (Kemper - Cassidy) from HunnyBuns Reborn Supply. (not an affiliate link)

If you look closely, you'll notice I added a few finishing touches to Lilly. Her freckles were applied with a 00 round brush and a mix of Genesis Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber. Her lips were given a wet appearance by applying Aleene's Paper Glaze (sometimes called Secrist Baby Tears) to her mouth and tongue. (Never bake Baby Tears.) I also applied her eyelashes with Aleene's Clear Tacky Glue.

Let me know in the comments what you think of Lilly! I hope you enjoyed seeing her come to life.

Bring Lilly home!

All photos copyright Mary Golightly (Trenda Plunkett). Do not copy without my express permission. Thank you!

Adorable stuffed bear is "Fuzz" by Ty Beanie Buddies.

Bringing Your Baby Doll to Life - Part 7

Welcome back!

Here's a picture of Kaylee's eyebrows. As you can see, I used a very fine liner brush to apply the color.

I'm planning to use premium blonde mohair for Kaylee's hair, so I wanted her eyebrows to be blonde, too. I used Genesis Yellow Ochre with a touch of Genesis Burnt Umber. For extra control, I like to use Genesis Thinning Medium instead of odorless thinner.

Paint the eyebrows using your choice of Genesis heat set paints and Genesis Thinning Medium.

Bake the head at 265 degrees Fahrenheit or 130 degrees Celsius. Allow it to cool completely before continuing.

P.S. I'm not sure if you can see it in the picture, but before I did the eyebrows, I added some details to the eyelids. They are very subtle. I painted red micro veins on Kaylee's lids with my fine liner brush. After baking the veins, I applied a very thin layer of blue to tint the lids. I baked the head again before applying a bit of thin purple tint to the lids.


If you are interested in an in depth look at color mixing and reborning, I highly recommend The Art of Reborning II - Painting with Genesis Heat Set Paints. (not an affiliate link)

Bring home one of my precious angels! See Baby Keri's Auction and My Babies on Etsy

Bringing Your Baby Doll to Life - Part 6

Welcome back! Today, I'm sharing pictures of how I painted Kaylee's lips and nails.

Mix your lip and nail paint using Genesis Heat Set Paints in Phthalo Red 02, Phthalo Red 06 and a very small amount of Phthalo Green 06. Mix these colors with a small amount of Genesis Thinning Medium for extra control when painting the lips and nails.

Using Genesis Thinning Medium instead of Odorless Thinner for the lips and nails provides added control as you paint. Don't use more 40% of the thinning medium to the paint.

Apply this color with a small filbert brush. Apply to the lips and nails and tips of fingers and toes.

Apply the with a small filbert brush.

Bake the parts for 265 degrees Fahrenheit or 130 degrees Celsius. Allow the parts to cool completely before continuing to the next step.

If you want, you can apply a bit of the crease and wrinkle paint to the center of the mouth. If you do, be sure to bake the head again. Since Kaylee has such a cute open  mouth, I decided to create a textured tongue. Do this by applying tiny dots of Flesh 08 (no thinner or thinning medium) to the tongue with your 00 round brush. Bake. Allow to cool. Now add another thin layer of lip paint over the dots to soften them. Bake. Allow to cool. For added texture, I like to "dot on" Authentic Reborn 3D Texture Medium with a pointed clay shaper tool. Bake. Allow to cool.

This is how the mouth will look after applying texture and color as described above.

With a clean small filbert brush, apply a thin layer of Genesis Glazing Medium to the fingernails and toenails.

With a 00 round brush, apply Genesis Flesh 08 to the nail tips for a "baby manicure."
Once you've applied the Genesis Glazing Gel and Flesh 08 to the nails, bake the limbs at 265 degrees Fahrenheit or 130 degrees Celsius. Allow parts to cool completely before continuing to the next step.


If you are interested in an in depth look at color mixing and reborning, I highly recommend The Art of Reborning II - Painting with Genesis Heat Set Paints. (not an affiliate link)

Bring home one of my precious angels! See Baby Keri's Auction and My Babies on Etsy