This week I signed up (in the art trading group I’m in illustratedatcs.com) to create an altered Barbie. I used to play with Barbie’s a lot as a little girl with my sister. I’m not a super huge Barbie fan now, and to be honest most dolls kind of creep me out. But, I had never altered a Barbie before and I was up for a challenge.
I was given a partner who gave a list of themes she would like her Barbie to look like. My partner wanted an Earthy Wiccan Barbie. No problem, right?
The instructions were to paint, sculpt, change the clothes, basically make the Barbie look different than the way it came. And stick with the theme your partner wants.
So, the first thing I did was remove old Barbie’s makeup, which I did with some acetone nail polish remover. This only removes the factory paint and didn’t damage the plastic color.
Next, I painted the face and body. I wanted her to be a little less California tan. I used acrylic paints to do this. The paints worked pretty well on the face but started to peel on the body, leaving her looking like she had scars, which was weird. So, I needed some clothes to cover that up
I wanted to make a long dress and a cape to stick with the Earthy Wiccan theme. I found some old fabric scraps and an old shirt I cut up to make the clothes. I sewed the clothes together on the Barbie.
I have never really sewn anything like this before, so it took up most of my time. Threading the needle a million times was annoying. And I kept sticking my fingers with the damn needle. After I lost all feeling in my fingers it became kind of fun. Wine helped.
I decided she needed a daytime crown and a ritual crown, obviously. Because, what fun is a Barbie without accessories. The daytime crown is made out of ivy from my backyard and twine. The ritual crown in made out of red pottery clay from Michaels and a bead off the shirt I cut up.
Overall this was a cool project. I think it turned out better than I thought it would. It's not something I want to keep making everyday, but I learned some new things which is all that matters.
I'm Jackie, an artist, illustrator, and friend to ghosts, monsters, and aliens. This blog is full of DIY projects, stories, and things I think are cool. Stay weird.