Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Painting Shoes Doll Making Tip From Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse

If you've ever thought about painting different parts of your doll - like shoes - you'll be happy to know that Rivkah Mizrahi has a great tip on her Doll Makers Muse blog to show you how. Thanks for the tip Rivkah.

painting shoes

I'm working on my Penny doll, and just realized I had something to share!  Have you ever encountered GOLDEN paint? Oh I love this brand. The paint colors are delicious with high quality pigments, and they paint on like a dream.


The doll I am working on has feet shaped like high heels. I never made a doll this way before- always made separate shoes to go on them. So this is a nice twist. I'll just paint the feet and make boots.

To paint fabric, it is necessary to prep it first. What do you use?  GESSO (jess-oh). That is the stuff they use when making canvas for painters. The fabric is stretched over the frame, then primed with gesso. For dolls, we just paint it right onto the doll, after it has been sewn and stuffed.

Gesso can be sanded. Therefore, I apply it generously everywhere- especially over any stitches or areas that might have some imperfections.


Let the gesso dry, and sand it a little. Apply more, and sand it again. Repeat this process 3 times or more if needed. Then go ahead and paint ! I'll show you how my boots come out when I am done.

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Please respect Rivkah's TERMS OF USE: Tutorial and/or pattern is for Personal Use Only. Dolls made from this tutorial and/or pattern may not be sold for commercial purposes. Tutorial and/or pattern may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or distributed in any manner without the permission of Rivkah Mizrahi.

Rivkah's Bio: Rivkah is a mixed media doll artist residing in Seattle, WA and has been creating art dolls for nearly a decade.

Rivkah works in both cloth and clay mediums and will gladly make a custom doll or set of characters for a library, lobby, school or personal collection.   She can work from a picture or photograph, and her ability ranges from whimsical to fine art. On her Doll Makers Muse website Rivkah offers OOAK Dolls (One Of A Kind), Patterns & E-Classes, Doll Making Kits & Supplies, Workshops and Assistance with sculpting or sewing projects. Rivkah teaches flexible private groups and classroom workshops in and around the Seattle area and is available as a traveling guest instructor for doll clubs.

Rivkah's dolls have been exhibited around Israel and in the US. Her dolls have been published in Soft Dolls and Animals Magazine, Art Doll Quarterly Magazine, Doll Crafter and Costumer,  as well as books by Patti Medaris Culea and Li Hertzi.

Copyright © 2006-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse. Rivkah Mizrahi is a mixed media sculpture artist, and art doll artist.

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