Monday, January 19, 2015

Monster High Repaint Demo Tutorial Cleo Denile Makeover

My Latest Monster High Doll Cleo DeNile Makeover- Full Repaint and Hair Replacement with Tibetan Lamb Fur. It's not a  full step by step demo, cause as per my usual forgetfulness, I sometimes get on roll during the repaint and forget to take photos.

 All Hair was removed using my easy hair removal method as I wrote about here.

Then the factory paint was removed with acetone and a few cotton balls. Now that she has a clean face, I started by spraying on three coats of Mister Super Clear to prep her face for the application of pastels and watercolor pencils, because even though we call this a repaint, I have used no acrylic paint on this Cleo DeNile repaint.



 I start by defining Cleo's eye shape with watercolor pencils. I am partial to Derwent.

 I have then started shading in areas that I want to define, which creates a more realistic effect. I don't like dolls to look like cartoon characters, as this is not my style, so I always use the application of shading and highlighting for realism.


Although I used to use white watercolor pencils for the eye sclera, I no longer do this. I exclusively use white pastels now. This enables me to blend the white with the shadows at the sides and upper eye area that is in shadow from the upper lid.


 I did a lot of eyebrow work in between these photos. In between photos is where I might have added another coat of sealer.


 Repaint of Cleo is coming to it's conclusion. A lot of little detail work goes on behind the scenes, but you can see how nicely she has evolved.  I do most of my iris shading with pastels as well.  It is much easier to blend my colors with pastels than watercolor pencils.
Even the lips are mostly pastels, although I do the basic outlining with pencil.










All that is left is to seal the repaint with more spray sealer, and then gloss the lips and or irises if I chose to.

Once the repaint of our Monster High Cleo was done, I chose to use Tibetan Lamb fur as her hair. I dyed it in a stunning golden red shade and using permanent adhesive, gave her new hair.  I sell Tibetan Lamb fur for doll hair and wig making and make wigs from it, so I always have lots on hand.

Here is my Cleo DeNile repaint and she is for sale in my Etsy shop.















14 comments:

  1. Beautiful! The 'Step-by-step' painting was really helpful! <3

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  2. This is a wonderful tutorial and a beautifully done custom! I absolutely love all your work! I would love to see a Robecca Steam doll!

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  3. I've just discovered your blog and I love it. Thank you for being so generous and sharing your process. I've got some old barbies I'm going to practice on. :D

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  4. This is absolutely awesome! Thanks for putting this up!

    I have a question though; what type of Mister Super Clear did you use? There seems to be flat, flat matte, matte, and then all sorts of UV or whatever the heck that even entails. I'm a bit confused by it all, actually.

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  5. Wooly Mitten- I just looked for my can and can't find it...must have left it in the basement. I know I got it from Junky Spot- it was NOT the UV cut one, that much I know. I didn't even know they offered so many ones. Just the regular one from Junky Spot is all I can recall. You can also use Testors Dullcote- available in Hobby Lobby, AC Moore and Micheal's.

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  6. Great tutorial! It´s cool that yu can so easily remove the factory paint.

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  7. I still cannot remove the paint from my monster high doll with acetone and cotton balls. I have tried letting it soak, rubbing and nothing works. And yet, everyone says acetone takes it right off. Help!

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    1. Hi PetiteMoonBeans,
      Are you positive you are using acetone? It removes paint on contact. Describe to me the bottle you are using...and is there a smell? Acetone has a very strong odor.

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  8. Great tutorial!I've just discovered your blog!!!

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  9. Which type of Mister Super Clear do you use, specifically? And are Derwent Pastel Pencils the better tool for 'repainting' faces? I'm asking because I'm looking to get into making my own custom faces.

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    1. I am not sure. I bought it off Junky Spot. You can also use Testors Dullcote, which is fine on vinyl dolls. I save my MSC mostly for BJDs. The pencils are largely a matter of opinion, as there are several good brands. Derwent watercolor pencils works very well.

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    2. Okay. So, must it be UV cut or something else entirely? Sorry that I am bothering you, I just want to make sure I've got the right spray.

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    3. The UV Cut is what most people use, yes. :)

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  10. Okay, thanks for answering my questions. You've been a great help, as was this tutorial :)

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