I have a few things to let you guys know about for this next round of commissions. It's wordy but I'd advise reading it all so you know what's going on. 

Upcoming Surgery
For those of you who commission me you'll need to be aware that I'm having my wisdom teeth out in a few weeks and I won't be working on anyone's stuff while I'm on pain medication, so please understand that commissions could move slower than usual this month. It shouldn't be a big deal (unless something horrible happens) but I just wanted to let everyone know. I also won't be answering any messages while I'm on meds for obvious reasons lol. I'll put an announcement post on my blog the day before my surgery so you'll all know why I'm not posting/responding to stuff.

New Cheaper Faceup Option
Moving on to more exciting things, I'm dropping my prices! Okay, only sort of, if you've been to my Big Cartel shop recently you may have seen a new listing called Carte Blanche for the full priced upfront fee of $70 USD.

Sometimes people have no character plans, they're happy to have me paint whatever I like and I thought that should be discounted because it's awesome. Having creative freedom really cuts down on time because I don't have to stop and take preview pics, or discuss and research ideas, and most importantly it helps me hone my personal style. I've decided to offer a cheaper option for customers who are interested in giving me creative control.

There will be three basic styles to choose from, Natural/Neutral, Gothic/Dark, and Colourful/Bright.

You'll pay less for a Carte Blanche faceup because we'll have minimal contact. You won't be able to make any suggestions or requests, if you want something specific you'd need to purchase a Custom Faceup. There won't be any preview pics for eyebrows, you'll simply select the faceup style and eyelashes you want on your commission form, and the next time you see your doll it will be in the final finished pictures.

There won't be any opportunity for you to pick colours or expression or anything like that, so for example if you know you want pink eye-shadow you should purchase a Custom Faceup, not the Bright/Colourful Carte Blanche option as you might get mint green. Also if you really like the faceup in the Dark/Gothic sample image and wanted that you would still need to purchase a Custom Faceup because you would need to specifically request I make that faceup.

Carte Blanche means giving me creative freedom over how your doll turns out. But I at least wanted to give people the assurance of being able to pick a general style.

Confirming Your Slot
I'm going to email everyone to confirm their commission and give out my shipping address. I'll be using the email you list on the commission form so be sure to fill that out after purchasing a slot. There will be a link to the form in the Big Cartel confirmation email you receive once you've purchased your slot/s.

I'll be making new commission slots available on Sunday 26th at 3.00pm GMT - 7

You can find my Big Cartel shop {HERE}

♥ There is a new online commission form located {HERE} All you have to include inside your package is your Big Cartel order number so I can match your package with your online form.

♥ Please be sure to have your heads on hand and ready to ship. You can find the price list {HERE} and the FAQ{HERE}.

♥ Please note I currently only take commissions for resin dolls, I'm not currently accepting work on Azone/DD/Monster High/Blythe/Barbie/Pullip etc

Important info regarding international packages: 
I'll now be shipping all the international stuff at one time, once a month. If you're overseas and you'd like me to work on your doll please be willing to wait to have your doll shipped back to you. Your patience with this would be really helpful. *USA commissions won't be affected as the domestic mail is collected by USPS so it'll be business as usual, heads shipped as they're completed for USA shipping.

Working Out the Time
Please use this clock to see my current local time in Seattle. Hopefully this will help you figure out the time difference. You are looking at the first clock on the page. The one labelled GMT -7. If you are in the USA this is USA Pacific time. And here is a hand-dandy Time Zone Calculator where you can punch in my time and convert it into your time.

♥ Notice about Commission Forms: 
All customers must fill out the Commission Form and include their matching Big Cartel receipt number inside the shipped package. Any packages arriving without a receipt number that correlates with an online form will be worked on last. This is so everyone's stuff stays organised, you don't want to end up with the wrong faceup on your doll, or the wrong doll sent home!

Someone was wanting to know how thin their paint should be for painting lashes and eyebrows so I made a quick video about it. This is one of those things that doesn't get mentioned very often, it's really easy to forget because it becomes such a staple habit, but if you're never painted before you might not know how thin your paint should be!

Success at painting thin lines has a lot to do with the consistency of your paint, but it can be hard to describe, it's a lot easier to understand if you can see it. So hopefully the video helps.

I'm letting this guy go, he's a Simply Divine 'Harlequin' made in 2010 and is labelled as #10, cast in Venetian Luna White, with a custom faceup by me.

He is an SD sized head and uses an 8/9 sized wig and 12mm - 14mm eyes depending on brand. He has been kept out of sunlight and is in lovely condition.

♥ He is available for $250 USD + shipping.

♥ Shipping within the USA will be priority mail with insurance and will cost about $10.00

♥ International EMS prices will be about $50.00 (if you wish to ship First Class with a lesser value marked for custom your payment to me will have to be made as 'gift/personal', please contact me for more information).

Please email me at xhanthi(at)gmail.com if you have an interest.

I had a super busy weekend and almost let today's post slide, but I've swooped in at the last minute with a rather lame month in review mosaic which includes photos from other months because, failure.

Anyway, I think my favourite photo was the one of Fig finding the galaxy jar. I always love a story :)

He has some hair now but I have to say I'm not feeling it. I think I'll make another one with redder hair and use mohair instead of alpaca. The alpaca I have is too straight for what I'm after. Eventually I'll re paint his face too because he still doesn't look the way I want him to even with hair (even though it's also the wrong hair!).

He may be small but he's turning out to be a giant pain in the butt!

I'm going to show you two ways to do eyelashes, the way that I paint mine with acrylic paint, and a way to do some straighter styled ones that I think would work best with watercolour pencils.

There's no reason you can mix it up and do either style in whatever medium you like best, but if you're just starting out it might work to your advantage to use a bendy brush to paint bendy lashes, and a nice stiff pencil for straight lashes.

Bendy Lashes

Paint a series of evenly spaced, lightly curved lashes. 
Be sure to taper their size as you get closer to the tear duct.

Paint a second series of lashes, this time
curving them in an upward direction, 
crossing them over the first set of lashes.

Add a final set of curved lashes bending downwards
that cross over the previous set.

Straight Lashes

Add some straight evenly spaced lash lines,
tapering them as you get closer to the tear duct. 

Paint a second set of straight lashes, making sure to
begin your lash at the same spot as the previous lashes to create a series 
of small upside-down V shapes.
Add a straight line between each set of V shapes. 

It was all fun and games until the planchette shot out of her hands. 

I saw this tin of mints at World Market and snapped it up for a fun silly prop. Of course in hind sight I should have just printed one out and made a legit looking ouija board but whatever. I can't print mints :P

Hope everyone is enjoying the Halloween season!

On Monday I promised you some colour photos of my trip to Bloedel Reserve so here they are! If you ever get the chance to visit this place I'd highly recommend it. It's stunning. Would be a great place for doll photos!

My favourite discovery of the day was the clump of orange fungus on the tree stump, but I think my favourite photo is the forest path. Although I love those purple flowers too, anyone know what they are?

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