Now where was I? Oh right the colors! So I have now chosen my colors for my design. Easy right? No not really… While it may look easy choosing colors can be rather intimidating. There are a few factors that go into this huge decision, at least for me. Do the colors best represent what I am going for with my design? Will they photograph well? Will the details show up well?
I really did learn this the hard way when I was working on another top secret pattern that I will be releasing in late May. It took me 6 tries to design what was a relatively easy design, all because the colors I had chosen just weren’t working well for me. Once I finally decided on colors that worked well it was all smooth sailing. I’ll go into more details about that when I release the pattern 😉
But I digress. So if I can answer the above questions with a resounding YES with the colors arranged in front of me then it’s time to move on. To what though? Well the first detail of any Ami…the Eyes!
Before I even begin translating what’s in my head to yarn, I have to decide on the eyes. What size and what color? For most of my designs I have chosen eyes that are a little larger than what others may use and usually the color compliments the yarn colors I am using. Autumn has Sage Green eyes to compliment her autumnal colors and also to represent the changing of the season where the grass gets a little less green. Sam has Brown Hazel Eyes and Pumpkin Pie has nice bright green eyes. All of my dolls use 18mm eyes. For Fat Dragon I am using 21mm eyes. I hand paint all of my eyes, with water based acrylic paints, to match or compliment the colors I am using. I use clear safety eyes that can be found here in a variety of sizes: www.glasseyesonline.com
Fat Dragon has proven to be hard in the area of eyes. I had a difficult time choosing, so I took it to my Facebook fans to help. We started with these 3 colors from left to right: Purple Lilac, Plum and Metallic Purple
After a few comments where it was agreed upon that the Plum was too dark we narrowed it down to this.
Many fans said they liked the Metallic best, but I was leaning towards the Lilac so then we did the comparison against the yarn.
Everyone really loved the metallic as it gave the eye more depth and I had to agree, but at the same time the lilac shows up much better against the yarn. So I thought and thought. Sadly I didn’t have any metallic lilac acrylic paint, but then I remembered something! I have metallic lilac nail polish! Yes you can paint your eyes with nail polish as well. The result is the image you see at the beginning of this post.
As I play more with painting eyes, I am sure to have some tips and tricks to share with you (Blending your own metallic paint). But for now it’s on to the body!
To Be Continued…