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Maggie - Custom Barbie repaint by IvyHeartDesigns Maggie - Custom Barbie repaint by IvyHeartDesigns
Maggie was created using a Barbie Basics #3 model by Mattel. She has the gorgeous model muse body with pale skin tone. I removed all original factory paint and gave her a full facial repaint using artist acrylics and sealers. She also has facial and body shading/blushing for a natural effect. Her original hair was washed, conditioned and styled into a semi-long wavy style. Hope you like her! :hug:

I am not affiliated in any way with the Mattel company. I simply use their beautiful dolls as a canvas for my own artistic expression! :)
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annikaofborg Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
gorgeous!!

would it be possible to re root the doll with vivid red hair without making it look to ginger or too fake?
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Aizcube Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So pretty!! ^.^

I have a question; What do you use when you remove the original makeup?? :o
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IvyHeartDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :heart: I use pure acetone to remove the paint and then a good wash with a mild soap and water. Always be careful not to get acetone on the plastic parts as it will melt it! Hope that helps. :)
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Aizcube Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where can you usually buy pure acetone??
Also, do you apply the acetone to a cotton swab or such and then remove the paint?? :O

Hahha, sorry for throwing all of these questions at you. :c And thanks for the advice!

Thanks! <3
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IvyHeartDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey, thats no problem at all. Ask away! :) I get my acetone from the local hardware store and I think you can also buy it from a Pharmacy/Drugstore. I carefully wipe all the paint off using a cotton swab dipped in acetone and a toothpick with a tiny bit of cotton wool around the end for the tiny crevices in lips and eyes. You will also find that some of the dolls have a layer of flesh colour paint sprayed over their entire face area. Myself, I prefer to take the whole lot off, so once I've cleaned all the facial features off, I get a small ball of cotton wool, soak in a little acetone and carefully wipe the whole face area (take care not to get it on the hair). It takes off the factory applied flesh tone paint, cheek blush and picks up any smudgy bits you miss. I only do this because I like to put my own dimensional shading and cheek blush on. If you decide to keep the flesh colour and cheek blush, just be careful not to go too far outside the eye or lip area when cleaning them. After all that, I give the face a good clean with my finger dipped in water and baby soap to neutralise the acetone and then a really good rinse. I also leave my dolls overnight before starting the face up so that the vinyl has completely gone back to normal. The acetone does soften it a little. Have loads of fun with it and don't hesitate to note me if you need any help! :heart:
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Aizcube Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh, okay :D Thankyou soooo much, i'm really grateful for this! I've tried to look up information about this stuff for a rather long time, without any results :( I am going to buy myself a bottle of acetone as soon as I get some money, haha! I might come back with even more questions once i've started and probably hit some problems if that's okay with you?? ^^ Aaand if not then again thankyou so much for putting down all this time to answer my questions. <3
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IvyHeartDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes your so right, there's not a lot of info on it out there anymore. Many artists seem to be keeping much of it to themselves, which is a shame. Feel free to ask any questions you like... I'm very happy to help! :)
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jouwhoo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Of all the barbie repaints I've seen online, yours is by far the best. Any tips on how you do it so well? I would love to see a video or step-by-step photos of your work.
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IvyHeartDesigns Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Gosh, I'm so sorry for the late reply. Thankyou very much for the lovely compliment! I guess my best tip is to practice, practice, practice! The more you do this type of art, the better and quicker you get. I have wanted to put out tutorials for ages but its always the problem of time. Hopefully, as I get more used to juggling study and my doll art, I might get enough time to do something! fingers crossed! :laughing: :heart:
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Storm137 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
She looks beautiful, her face-up is just lovely. Much better then the original factory paint she had before. She looks so much more lively.
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