Example #2 

by Cherilyn Rowley

Step 7 - Finish & outline around pupil drawn with black Sharpie.

Painting the eyes on the dolls is a very individual endeavor. Everyone has their own idea of what looks good and how the best way is to achieve it. Below are some different examples of painting the eyes. They are quite similar with some differences in style. The photo at the bottom also give several examples of various expressions that can be achieved with different techniques. 


Study each one and then determine what works best for you. Neither is right nor wrong.

Step 1 - White acrylic paint is applied with a 1/2'' (1.3 cm) dowel. Apply below the half-way point, approximately one eye width apart.

Step 3 - Lighter eye color applied with a small brush or smaller dowel.

Step 2 - Darker eye color applied with a 3/8" (1 cm) dowel.

Painting the Face

Step 4 - Black is applied to the center with the back of a paintbrush.

Step 8 - Check color applied with crayon or colored pencil

How to Make This Cute Doll

Step 6 - Eye outline, nose and mouth and eyebrows drawn with black gel fabric pen or non-bleeding permanent marker.

Kathy also made some dolls to take to Japan and

designed this template for an Asian face.

Step 5 - White sparkle is applied with the tip of a toothpick.

Example #1

by Kathy Adams