Fumbling with Feedly

Honestly when starting to look for blogs, I just typed in education into the search bar and picked a few that looked interesting. From there I went to look at the feed page and see what was recently updated from said blogs. I really wanted to try using loom to screen cast, which I actually managed to do, so yay!

Haha, I did it!

A lot of the blogs I found are focused around online learning, and teacher tools. One post I found brought up a website on “How to Build Remote STEM Engagement”. I personally found this link to be super helpful, and think that it will come of great use to me in regards to planning my unit for my upcoming Internship.

Sewing Spring

Well my friends, the verdict is in; I am not good at sewing and it is super hard to do – especially on such a small scale.

I ended up getting super frustrated with the process of this one, and I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I have never successfully completed something as such before. I tried following a sewing pattern, but my sewing machine was being super annoying. In the end I decided to just stitch some ribbon together and glue it onto the doll.

Once I took a break, I thought about starting again, and although I think I could, I am actually happy with the way the dress turned out (all mess ups included). I personally decided to keep this ‘bump’ in my Learning Project, as I think it is an important moment to document – not everything we try the first time will be successful, and that is important to model to students.

The Face of Spring

So this repainting process was unlike any doll repaint I have ever done before, for one I actually used references for the face, and I had the moodboard – as referenced in my last post “Now That You’re in the Know… Let’s Get Started!” – in front of me while I was creating, which I felt helped me with staying focused and inspired. I didn’t get as many pictures of the FaceUp as I would have liked; but I did get a few!

Now without further ado, lets check my progress!

The Hair

I started by unraveling a bunch of yarn and gluing it straight onto the head, then I used a needle and a xacto knife handle to re-root the hair line. I end up braiding it later as the yarn was too soft to hold itself together when hanging loose.

The Blushing

The blushing was super fun to do on this doll; it feels like breathing life into the plastic when you add highlights, shadows, and blushing to a doll. I couldn’t decided on an eyebrow color at first, I didn’t want to do pink, as I have so much pink in the doll already, but I also didn’t think that a brown or black would match the overall colour scheme, so I decided on gray, as it matched the shadows I placed on the eyebrows.

The Repaint


My Final Thoughts

I honestly felt so in the zone while doing this, which is something I haven’t felt while doing an art piece in a very long time, and I am super excited to see what else comes from this Learning Experience.

Drop a comment, I’d love to hear your ideas, critiques, and thoughts on my Learning Project Journey!

“Now That You’re in the Know… Let’s Get Started!”

I reached out to a few of the creators I follow on Instagram and asked them how they created such a cohesive and complete overall design for each and every one of their characters. Within a few days I got a few responses, and overwhelmingly they told me to check out Pinterest. Although I have known about Pinterest for years, I never really thought of it as a motivation tool.

Therefore, for today I will be using Pinterest to create moodboards to gather inspiration for each of the four characters I plan to work on during my Learning Project Journey. I have seen many artist design faeries and season themed dolls while scrolling through Instagram, and I wish to combine the two concepts into 4 different projects for me to create, grow from, and reflect on.

Below you will find four seperate moodboards, one for each of my faeries; all based off a different season and aesthetic.

For me spring has always meant flowers! My Grandfather was always working in his garden, and I was right in there with him learning how to take care of them from him. Although our favorite flower is red tulips, I decided to go with that soft pink aesthetic as it makes me feel the same way I did as a kid while helping him.

I am not a big fan of the beach, or crowds of people; so for me, summer means lush greens and still water with soft cream accents. For this faerie I decided to focus this on the fields I saw when visiting Scotland in 2017.

For me fall [and more specifically October] has always been about my Birthday/Thanksgiving Hybrid Celebration, and HALLOWEEN! Therefore, for this fairy I wanted to focus on the elegant and spooky side of fall; rather than the pumpkins and candy that I normally latch onto!

When I think of winter, I think of the words, harsh, cold, and beautiful. Which growing up in Saskatchewan has only solidified. Therefore, I decided to focus on icy imagery and color palette with a stark white focus with shades of blue and black coming into play.

Stop by tomorrow and check out my first repaint in my Learning Project Journey “The Face of Spring”

Bonus Update! {Spooky Content}

Hi everyone, a lot of my recent posts here have been information dumps as I figure out all of the more complex pieces of doll customizing!

So as said in the title, this is a bonus update (i.e., not a planned part of my learning project) but I’d like to update everyone on one of the dolls I decided to make for a friend for Halloween! This one is pretty creepy looking; I’m super proud of how she turned out and wanted to share!



Progress Pictures


Start to Finish (ft. Cheeto, my lovely cat assistant)


“So, You Want to Customize… What Do You Need for an Outfit?”

In today’s blog post, I will be going over what materials are needed for Sewing an Outfit [as well as a link to all of the videos I have watched on YouTube]

What you need for Sewing an Outfit:

  • Needle & Thread (Or a Sewing Machine if you have)
  • Different Materials
  • Tailors Chalk
  • Iron
  • Pattern
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Pin Cushion
  • Glue

Decorating Outfits:

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Beads
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Ribbon
  • ETC.

Doll Patterns I Have Purchased and Will [Hopefully] Create:

All Videos I Have Used to Learn: 

“So You Want to Customize… What Do You Need for a FaceUp?”

In today’s blog post, I will be going over what materials are needed for a Reroot and a FaceUp [as taught to me by Dollightful on YouTube]

Some of the materials on here can be interchanged for other things, but after researching and following several doll artists on Instagram; I’ve decided that these are the best tools for me to use within my budget and skill level!

What you need for a FaceUp (and body blushing):

  • Mr Super Clear [wear a mask and spray in a ventilated area]
  • Chalk Pastels
  • Paint knife
  • Paper
  • Palettes (x2) [one for paint, one for pastels]
  • Brushes of varying sizes (blushing, paint)
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Acrylic paints
  • Fake lashes (optional)
  • Gloss varnish
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Eraser
  • Cotton gloves
  • Paint water/clean water
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Tooth picks

What you need for a reroot:

  • Yarn
  • Reroot tool [homemade in my case]
  • White glue
  • Pet brush
  • Plastic lid
  • Scissors

Check Out This Step by Step Photo Tutorial:

Dollightful Goes Over Drawing/Painting the Face Here: 

“So You Want to Customize… Where Do You Start?”

About 2 years ago, as I was scrolling through Instagram, I came across a repainted doll, and I thought “That is so cool”, and I ended up scrolling through hashtag after hashtag [check out #ooakdolls if you have the chance!] of different peoples artwork for hours. And after a 2am YouTube spiral, I decided I wanted to try repainting dolls one day, but it wasn’t until very recently that I actually tried my hand at it, and wouldn’t you know, I loved it!

Once I finally decided to give this a shot, I turned back to those YouTube videos and found myself a teacher. I felt very inspired by the creator Dollightful; and as luck would have it, she has an entire playlist on what materials you need for doll customizing! Since there is so much information I have decided to split this post into three categories;

In this category I will start by going over what I know about the preparation and selection of a doll; as taught to me by Dollightful!

What you need:

  • A Doll: I personally prefer Monster High Dolls as these dolls have a lot of unique face sculpts, body types, as well as a large variety of skin tones that you don’t see in regular Barbie Dolls [there is a large variety of other dolls that can be used for the base, you just have to decide what works best for you!]
  • Acetone and Q-tips: This is to remove the factory paint, and to remove the paint under the hair
  • Scissors: This is for cutting off the factory hair
  • Boiling Water and a Dishcloth: This is so you can soften the vinyl head and remove it from the body without breaking the neck peg
  • Pliers or Tweezers: To remove the hair plugs and glue left behind
  • MSC or Mr. Super Clear: To prep the surface for the FaceUp

Check Out Dollightfuls Video Here for a Visual:

My Experience with Doll Customizing

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For my Learning Project I have decided to do doll customizing. I started creating dolls not to long ago; and therefore, makes this a skill I would like to improve on. The following images are dolls I have already created, and below them you will see that I have broken each doll down into what I did well, and what I want to improve on. After that you will see a Learning Project Update Chart!

Things Done Well

  • Eyelashes
  • Ear Repositioning
  • Accessories
  • Face Blushing

Skills to Improve On

  • Sewing – Outfit is glued on
  • Body Detailing

Things Done Well

  • Shield
  • Hair
  • Face Markings

Skills to Improve On

  • Sewing – Shirt is painted on
  • Armor/Sculpting

Things Done Well

  • Planned in Advanced
  • Giant Pumpkin

Skills to Improve On

  • Face Symmetry

Learning Project Update Chart

DateTopicTitle
Sept. 16th, 2020My Previous Experience“My Experience with Doll Customizing”
Sept. 18th, 2020What You Need to Know“So You Want to Customize…
Where Do You Start?”
Sept. 20th, 2020Materials for the Face“So You Want to Customize…
What Do You Need for a FaceUp?”
Sept. 23rd, 2020Materials for the Outfit“So You Want to Customize…
What Do You Need for an Outfit?”
Sept. 30th, 2020Starting a Project &
Planning a Character
“Now That You’re in the Know…
Let’s Get Started!”
Oct. 1st, 2020Painting the Face“The Face of Spring”
Oct. 7th, 2020Making the Outfit“Sewing Spring”
No Posts – Moving!
Oct. 25th, 2020Painting the Face“The Face of Summer”
Oct. 26th, 2020Making the Outfit“Sewing Summer”
Nov 4th, 2020Painting the Face“The Face of Fall”
Nov. 10th, 2020Making the Outfit“Sewing Fall”
Nov, 20th, 2020Painting the Face“The Face of Winter”
Nov, 25th, 2020Making the Outfit“Sewing Winter”
Dec, 1st, 2020Final Dolls“Seasons of the Fae”
Rough Guideline for My Learning Project