so what these dolls have in common including mine their art dolls they're not what you would consider a play doll you don't undress them and dress them you probably could if you wanted to but I have a tendency to create clothing that is already part of the body like this doll versus this doll she's naked completely and what I will do eventually is create an outfit for her will it be removable I don't know I haven't decided yet sometimes we don't know what to do with our dolls until we're moving along we've created part of the costume we've got a sketch maybe or even fabric will inspire us and we'll decide what to do with the doll at that point what we're going to be doing in this DVD is I'm going to be sharing different tips and tricks that I've learned through the years on how to do faces how to do hands how to do a wire armature how to color the body to give it dimension and do a little bit of some free motion work to create our own fabrics so what you notice first about these dolls are the faces and that's really the most important part of doing a doll or even a quilt that you're going to put faces on so let's get started and start making faces so now right now we have a very strange-looking face almost c-3po from Star Wars one of my favorite movies we are going to get rid of this very start Sterry ID look by putting the upper eyelids in and then press the lower eyelids to start with the upper eyelid I'm going to start at this halfway line just a little beyond that circle I'm going to curve around touching the iris some at some point you can drop it down or wherever you want it but you want to touch that at the upper part of the iris if you don't you're going to have a face that's scared to death all the time and then you're going to come down and touch the outer edge of the eyeball just about at that halfway line our eyes are wet so they catch a lot of lights so I'm just doing a little like a little half circle and you can see how that lightened that green but didn't change it from green to white so that's my eyes now I'm going to do the lips and I take my carmine red and I completely fill in both the upper and the lower mouths so that is the basic face as I said earlier any wax based pencil will work any wet space that is easy for you to find and you can find those at most craft and office supply places you saw how we did all the shading and coloring on this so I wanted to go on next to the next step and show you the detailing because if you remember earlier I said to iron this because that pushes the color into the fabric and then use a fixative like krylon x' or Prisma colors fixative there either there workable fixative or there permanent one either one is fine so I've sprayed that let that dry takes about Oh 20 or 30 minutes to dry depending on your whether you're in a damp area that's going to take a little longer what I want to start doing is I'm going to completely outline that upper and lower eyelid again and then go over those eyelashes just to bring them out and later on after I get her dressed when she the head is on a body I might want to use black because I might give her dark hair at this point I'm not sure which color hair is just going to have so I'm going to breed outline just go over all of the steps that we did earlier those lower eyelashes and again this is all done with my brown I'm going to outline the flare and the nostril a little bit of the ball of the nose so that's the highlights and she still needs one thing our eyes have these rods that radiate out from our pupils so I'm going to take a brown because she's a green-eyed girl and I'm going to outline up iris now I'm going to put those rods in and they're just little lines that come out from the pupils we now are ready to color this little girl and I as I mentioned earlier I love the Shiva paint sticks and they aren't oil stick so they're a little bit messy some people think oh they're so messy but they're wonderful to work with and you'll find as you are blending with them you get more of a paint Lurie look a very smooth look versus the pencils where you can often just see the green lines of the pencils and and also the fabric you're just going to smear that all over her face and getting some of this lighter area up here and not worrying about the eyes or anything because we're going to detail that and as you can see the the Shiva paint sticks are not covering all of your pin marks so they're still showing up I twirl this in the color and then I'm going to just sort of twirl it in the center of her eyes where I think the pupils are going to be and that's about all you can do at this point with the Sheba paint sticks you need to let them dry for three days and then you earn them and then the ironing finishes the curing process and then what you have is a face that you can now detail because it's cured it's now where you can then take your pins because if I were to use my pins on her on this space now they're just going to get clogged up so what I do is I do let them cure for three three days and then I come in and I can iron it and then use my pins and you can see I've already started detailing the face so I will use my brown pin and draw in darken those eyelashes outline the eyelid and put in more eyebrow excuse me and then her eyelashes and I outline the iris again because you can see this very smudgy but I can outline that with my pan and the smudge enos goes away you can see how the pins are not getting clogged up and they're actually showing up quite nicely and now I'm going to create that lifeline so I'm going to bring that thread across the palm and I'm going to come in just below the index finger and just short of the seam here and then I'm going to come down to my wrist again and I'm pulling that now not too tight and then I'm going to anchor that by going straight back from the center of the wrist back to the back of the hand because we do have little dimples back here where our bones meet and then this is going to be a little stitch and I'm going to come back up to my lifeline the beginning of the Lifeline if you'd like to make to make this doll we have a pdf pattern in included in this DVD and in the chapter menu you can find it and it will have instructions on how to download the pdf you


  1. these are amazing. I'd like to know more about the supplies though. What wax based pencils do you use? What fabric did you use? when you say 'I use my brown pen," what type of pen is it?  As much as I think these are wonderful, I need to know how to make the actual doll. I need to know what you used for hair etc.

  2. yes, my favourite doll maker…love Patti's work, I have 3 books of hers and they're so inspiring! The gallery is so beautiful too 🙂 glad I found this!

  3. I love your dolls! They are absolutely beautiful! I went to a Doll exhibit at a gallery many years ago land I was fascinated by the incredible imaginative dolls that the artists created. I've always wanted to try making one. I'll be back!

  4. Muchas gracias por sus videos! Alguien sabe de alguna pagina o video en español donde enseñen a hacerlos?? me encantaria comprar el dvd pero mi pais no lo permite

  5. Muchas gracias Patti Medaris,por compartir sus conocimientos,están adorables y diferentes a lo que he visto.

  6. Wow! Thanks I love watching it..Thanks for your tutorial..
    Please can you shared us how to make paterns of your dolls?..Thanks! lovely!

  7. Thank you I have all your books you are incredible. I love all your dolls I have made two for my grandbaby and want to make more….I love all your work…thanks

  8. thank you for the wonderfully informative videos. I am going to buy your dvd. I made a steampunk doll with very small hands that I had a horrendous time turning! you have given me some thoughts that will help! thank god for people like you! also there is a kit available for turning small fingers by you! brag it up!

  9. I'm very impressed with how steady your hands are when you draw lines and eyelashes on your doll. Your dolls are beautiful.

  10. Love Patti's work! I personally have a doll on the DVD "Luna Cobalta"…I made her for a special challenge and then Patti included the doll to demonstrate the special touch I did for the doll's lips. This was indeed an honor. Thank you Patti for showing that cloth dolls can be art…and not just an expensive hobby.

  11. Love this, only wish you were close enough to take a personal class…do you ever do day classes at any shops? Let me know if you do…lol

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