My niece, Jinthe, is obsessed with princesses. She has her own incredibly cute version of 'Let it go' from Frozen ("Leddit goat..."), and dances around the house with a long scarf on her head to resemble Ranpunzel ("Rapoezzel") all the time. So last Sinterklaas (our Dutch december-tradition with gifts and poems) I wanted to give her a little princess for herself. But since I don't really agree with Disney or Barbie on what princesses look like, I wanted to give her a more down to earth version. And so I did, with the inspiration of the beautiful lady behind Tree change dolls.
I found this barbie a while ago in a thrift shop. She looked quite well for a second-hand barbie, but had some pencil marks on the left side of her face. Since I thought that not a lot of people would buy a dol with those pencil marks on it, I took it home.
I washed it with baby-shampoo and then began to remove the pencil-stains of her face with nail polish remover. I was not able to do so without removing the original eyes as well, but I didn't mind about that, because I had seen the process of tree change dolls and wanted to try it for myself.
When the face was clean, I just sort of painted a new face on it myself, using acrylic paint and the tiniest brush I could find. I wanted to make it as natural as possible, with freckles, a little crooked smile and natural eye-brows. I finished with a matte varnish. She actually now looks a little like my own niece!
When I was finished, I decided to make some clothes as well with it. Of course I made a little "frozen"-dress ( or at least, my interpretation of it:) ) Some boots, skirts, shirts, and a yellow felt coat. I didn't really use patterns, I just placed the barbie on a piece of paper and sort of traced her for measurements.
|I wish I had a coat like that...|
|Do you like our hand-painted wall behind her?|
If you liked this, please visit the website of tree change dolls a visit. She also sells them online!