These will be the positions of the nose and the mouth. The more styles you try out the easier it will be for you to choose a face that really complements your doll.
Place a piece of fabric in an embroidery hoop and follow the steps listed above, once again. Be careful when using drawing pens, they have a very fine tip so always hold them in an upright position (not slanted) to prevent damaging the pen tip. A good way to add shading is to apply the colour to a scrap of paper or calico and carefully rub this over the area you want to colour.
On a sheet of paper, draw a shape similar in size to your doll's head. She is just perfect! The only thing left to do is to draw her face. I encourage you to use your imagination to personalise your doll and make her a "one of a kind" heirloom.
Choose eye, mouth and cheek colours to complement your doll.
Have fun experimenting with different styles and observe those around you.
Look in the mirror and you will notice your eyes are approximately midway between your chin and the top of your head.
Before adding pencil colour to your doll experiment with the various ways you can apply this.Drawing Cloth Doll Faces The Easy Way chiffon fabric
It is a wonderful feeling when you finally finish sewing your doll. Just remember it is easier to add a bit more colour than it is to try to remove it. Use the black pen to draw the eyes and eyelashes, the brown pen to draw the nose and eyebrows and either the brown or the red pen for your doll's mouth. The slightly uneven texture of the fabric will make a difference when you are drawing the face and the colours may need adjusting to suit. You can achieve many different effects by using either a sharper or a blunter pencil.
Experiment with different shapes for each facial feature. If you plan to continue doll making then purchasing good quality pens and pencils to finish your doll is an excellent investment. A naive style doll will have a much simpler face than a more formal doll. Practice positioning your doll's features to ensure you have the right proportion and position. Gradually build up the colour in layers until you obtain the desired look. By placing the eyes slightly lower on the face, your doll will have a younger appearance.
Next, you will need to choose the style of face you would like. Derwent artist pencils also provide a high quality finish to your doll's face and you can purchase them individually in your favourite colours.
Once you are completely satisfied with your doll's new face, it is time to transfer it onto fabric. They are waterproof and fade proof and they contain archival, pigment ink. You should also try the side of the pencil as well as the point.
Lightly draw a line horizontally and vertically through the centre of the ?face?. Babies, small children and characters in children's books often have cute features, which can provide inspiration. Divide the lower half of your face into thirds and mark a small dot on the centre line at these points. Once you have added all of your doll's features to the fabric and you are satisfied she has just the attitude and expression you are trying to achieve then you are ready to complete your doll!
You should feel completely comfortable now applying your doll's face!
Always begin by drawing your doll's face on paper. It's also a good idea to keep a record of the colours you have used, just jot down the names of the colours and any special techniques you may have used to apply them alongside your diagram as a reference for future use.
Pigma micron 01 made by Sakura are the brand of pen I prefer.
When you are happy with the style, size, shapes and positioning of all of your doll's facial features it is time to add some colour to bring your doll to life. They are also available in a range of 6 colours. Some dolls look gorgeous with two tiny "commas" for nostrils instead of a nose. You may like to try round eyes and oval eyes, with or without eyelashes and eyebrows, a little button or a straight nose and different sizes and shapes of hearts or smiley u shapes for your dolls mouth. Mark the centres of the eyes on the horizontal line an equal distance from the midline. However, before you take the final step, it is a good idea to practice one more time just to make yourself comfortable with working on fabric.
This is the part of doll making that can cause the most anxiety amongst doll makers, but by following a few simple "rules" you can confidently achieve a gorgeous face every time. She is SO cute, her frock is just adorable and her hair is exactly the way you wanted it. The style you choose should fit the character of your doll.