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?

I finished up the Realpuki Toki face plates and though I'm generally happy with the faceup I'm only 50% okay with how he's looking right now. I'm thinking I might repaint his OE face, I'm happy with the sleeping head, but not sure about the OE.

I'm going to leave it for now and concentrate on getting the wig made then I'll see how I feel about repainting. He might just need hair.

I hate these tiny heads, they're so much more work D:

This little guy finally arrived on Monday. I got the fullset Toki package, unpainted of course. I got an extra hat, I don't know if it was an event hat or what but I'm happy to have it!

The fullset doll comes with a default faceup but I wiped that off as soon as he arrived so I can get him painted asap. I should have snapped a pic of the default face for you guys but I didn't think of it until it was too late.

I love the accessories, the wings come slightly unassembled and I had to do a bit of sanding to get the left wing on but everything fits and works now. You can move the wings up or down which is cute.

The resin of the hat and wings is very thin, I expect they're pretty easy to break, but I also expect that Fairyland made these parts as thin as possible so they wouldn't be too heavy for the Realpuki to use. It's tricky to get the balance right even as light as they are.

Also this is my first Fairyland Certificate of Authenticity! All my other Fairyland dolls were aquired before they started doing the CoA, which is kinda annoying but not a huge deal.

Anyway, expect RP spam once I've painted the OE and sleeping face!

I went to the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island this weekend, it's 150 acre reserve featuring a bunch of different gardens. It's really gorgeous there. We stayed there so long we were the last people to leave for a heart stopping minute we thought we might have gotten locked in for the night.

Anyway, it's a crime to only share black and white photos so I'll just share these three and then photo bomb you with the colours shots later in the week!

If you're ever in the Seattle area I'd highly recommend taking the time to go see this place.

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