by Evelyn Stanbury, GMDM, Certified Doll Artisan Guild Instructor   

A.11T. Circa 1880 by A. Thuillier


PAINTS:         Bisq Tone #1000, Bisq Tone #3, New Rose Red Gloss, Antique Pompadour Red,  Satin black,

                        Satin White, Brow 1, Brow 2, Dusky Lilac, Cheek Blush Cake.                                       

MEDIA:         Line Medium, Area Medium, Water,  

BRUSHES:    Medium Area Brush, Large Area Brush, Lg. China Mop, Small China Mop, Large and 

                       Medium Filbert Brushes, Eyelash Liner #1, Super Brow Brush or Eyebrow #1 Brush               

OTHER:       Super Doll Sponges, White Glazed Tile, Palette Knife, Round Toothpicks, 1 small, flat

                      dish to hold media/water mixes.

NOTE:   There are hyperlinks in the body of the technique sheet that will take you from the area you are working on to the full view picture at the end of the page.  To return to the area of instruction you were working on, simply click on the corresponding area of the face.   For example, if you are painting the right brow and wish to see the placement of the brow on the full face, click on the picture of the brow.   To return to the instruction, simply click on the same brow on the full face picture and you will return to the spot on the page where you were working.

FIRST FIRE:  (Cone 018)   


  • SUPPLIES AND BRUSHES REQUIRED:   1 Pt. Bisq Tone #1000 and 1 Pt. Bisq Tone #3; Area Medium; Water; Large Filbert Brush; Large China Mop; Super Doll Sponges

  • TECHNIQUE:  Before applying color, condition all pieces with Area Medium.  Take care to get into all the small crevices.   Mix 1 Pt. BisqTone #1000, 1 Pt. Bisq Tone #3 with Area Medium.  Start applying the paint to the face with the Super Doll Sponge.  Apply paint generously to the front facial area--nose, mouth, eye sockets, chin, etc.  Spread the paint into depressions such as nostrils, dimples, corner of mouth, eyes, ears, etc., using Large Filbert Shader.  Continue to spread paint over entire head moving the sponge in a circular motions and pulling the paint from the front of the head all around to the back.  Add more paint as required to cover the entire head with a smooth coat of paint.  Using a fresh sponge, work the paint over the head, smoothing it out and being sure to make the color even.   When you are satisfied with the even application of your paint, lightly and quickly buss it with the Large China Mop to smooth and polish your piece.

SECOND FIRING: (Cone 018) 


  • SUPPLIES AND BRUSHES REQUIRED:     2 Parts Satin Black;  1 Part Satin White; Line Medium; Water; Eyeliner Brush #1  

  • TECHNIQUE:  Mix Satin Black, Satin White  and  Line Medium to a thick, creamy consistency.  Paint lashes to a translucent, but very dark charcoal color.  Lashes are sharply slanted to the outside corners, with very regular spacing.  The eyes are lined with a fine black line all around the inner edge.  Rest the side of your eyelash brush on the rim and run it around the edge.  Take care to apply paint lightly, not in globs.  (Click on the eyes below to go to full view to see exact placement of lashes in relationship to the rest of the head.  Click on the eyes in the large picture to return.)

2.       LIPS, NOSE & EYE DOTS 

  • SUPPLIES AND BRUSHES REQUIRED:   Rose Red Gloss; Line Medium; Medium Area Brush 

  • TECHNIQUE:  Mix China Paint and Medium to a creamy consistency.  Paint a smooth, light application of paint on the lips, and pain the inner nose dots, as shown on the photo belowNose Dots are painted in two firings.  This firing is the light undercoat which covers the entire nostril area.  The photo shown here is of the finished antique doll with both firings shown, so you must study the picture and note the two different areas of color.  The same principle applies to the lips.  In this firing you are basically laying out the base color and pattern for the shape of the lips and inner nostrils.  The shading is completed in subsequent firings.  Paint very light eye dots as seen in photo above. (Click on the close up below to go to the large picture. Click on the mouth to return.)


(Click here to return to lip shading instructions below.)

3.     UNDER  BROW 

  • SUPPLIES AND BRUSHES REQUIRED:     1 Part Eyebrow #1; 1 Part Eyebrow #2; Line Medium; Medium Shader Brush

  • TECHNIQUE:  Mix China Paint and Medium to a creamy consistency.  Paint a smooth, light stroke on brow ridge.  Smooth with  Dry Shader Brush so that the edges are not sharp.  Study the photo of the antique doll's eyebrows.  You can see, if you look carefully, just exactly where the under or "shadow" brow fills in the color under the strokes.  Remember that the strokes of the brow will extend beyond the under brow both at the front and the back of the under brow stroke, so don't make it too long.

3. CHEEKS                              

  • SUPPLIES AND BRUSHES REQUIRED: Cheek Blush Cake;  Area Medium;  Small China Mop; Super Doll Sponge or Stippler Brush

  • TECHNIQUE: Apply Area Medium to the cheek and beyond.  Carefully apply the cheek color with clean sponge or Stippler.  Polish it with the Small China Mop, blending the edges so as to prevent "stop lines".  Refer to Full Photo at the end of this page for a picture of the full face of the doll.  This will show you where to place the cheek color.  (Click on the doll's left cheek to return here.)

THIRD FIRING: (Cone 018)  (Cone 018) 

1.  EYEBROWS              

  • SUPPLIES AND BRUSHES REQUIRED: 1 Part Eyebrow #1; 1 Part Eyebrow #2; Line Medium; Super Brow Brush or Eyebrow Brush #1

  • TECHNIQUE:   Mix Media and China Paint to a creamy consistency.  The eyebrows on this doll are painted in two distinctly different stroke patterns.  The left eyebrow is painted line upon line, with some of them crossing each other.  The right eyebrow is painted in a fan shape, starting from outside edge and working in towards the nose.  Examine each individual photo of the right and left brows and then look at the full face photo for exact placement of the brows. (Click on the eyebrows below to go to the larger picture.  Click on the eyebrow on the larger picture to return.)

Right Brow

Left Brow

  2.       LIP SHADING

  • SUPPLIES AND BRUSHES REQUIRED: Lip Mixture; Antique Pompadour Red; Line Medium; Medium Area Brush; Eyelash #1 Brush, or Accent Liner Brush

  • TECHNIQUE:   Mix about half lip color and half  Antique Pompadour with the Medium.  With the Medium Area Brush, shade the inner part of the lips, softening the edges.  Color should be darkest towards the inner part of the lips.    Some AT's, however,  have a lighter section of color in the center of the lips.  Click here to return to the photo close up of the lips to see exact placement of the shading.   Be sure to make color smooth.  Lips are very light on the outside edges.  With your Eyelash #1 Brush, or your Accent Liner paint the accent lines on the upper and lower lips.  Dip the brush in water and then run it through the thick mixture of your paint.  Only do one accent at a time before reloading your brush.


  • SUPPLIES AND BRUSHES REQUIRED:  Dusky Lilac;  Line Medium;  Medium Shader
  • TECHNIQUE:  Apply Area Medium to the upper eyelid.  BE VERY CAREFUL not to disturb your eyebrows.   The eye shadow does not extend up into the area of the eyebrows, but is placed in the crease of the upper eyelid and blended to just a faint hint of color on the lid.

4. CHEEKS                              

  • SUPPLIES AND BRUSHES REQUIRED: Cheek Blush Cake;  Area Medium;  Small China Mop; Super Doll Sponge

  • TECHNIQUE:  Apply Area Medium to the cheek and beyond.  Carefully apply the cheek color to the cheek area with a clean sponge or Stippler.  Polish it with the China Mop, blending the edges.   Click here to refer to Full Photo at the end of this page for placement of cheek color.  (Click on RIGHT CHEEK to return)  This second application of the cheek color is applied over a smaller area than the first coloring.  It is designed to enhance the first application, providing more color to the "apple" of the cheek, which is the fullest part of the cheek.  Be sure not to blush beyond the area covered by the medium.  This will prevent "stop lines" from occurring.

FOURTH FIRING: (Cone 018) (Optional Firing.

This is where you take a good look at your doll and compare her to the original.   If any of your colors require touch up or changing, this is the firing that completes the image.       

A. Thuillier's A.11T.

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This information is provided for your personal use and is not to be copied for sale in any fashion.  The talents of individual doll makers varies greatly, and Stanec's Dolls Ltd. and Evelyn Stanbury accept no responsibility if your doll does not turn out looking exactly as the dolls represented here.

Stanec's Dolls Ltd.     165 April Road, Port Moody, BC    Canada    V3H 3M4

This Page Last Edited June 30th, 2007


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