I took some photos of my favourite couple Griffin and Aria, for Valentine's Day.
I bought quite a few backdrops from ebay.com in the previous month, and this was my first chance to try out the beach backdrop.
Griffin is wearing Can-Teen surf boards and bandana by my friend, DoA member HelenNZ, and Aria is wearing a beautiful one-piece swimsuit by DearElizabeth (Etsy shop DEWear).
They sure are a cute couple! Aria reminds me of "Gidget", from the TV show. I love the chance to showcase Griffin's awesome tattoo - not painted by me - I'm not that good. It's a "temporary" tattoo. He was sprayed beforehand with Helmar art fixative, and the tattoo is protected by a few layers of Reeve's matt acrylic varnish.
I have already damaged it slightly as it does get rubbed at the shoulder joint when moving his arms upwards. I'll just have to be more careful.
Another Valentine's Day post... this time with Iplehouse Bane and Angelika, my Feeple65 Angela. They seem to go together rather well... although that hadn't been my intention.
As well as body blushing Griffin, I've been working on modding an SID Iplehouse body to fit Elfdoll June head.
I bought June's head from Elfdoll in late 2013 when Elfdoll stated that they were discontinuing all their existing sculpts. I bought the body from a fellow Den of Angels forum member with a neck mod already done, which was great as I probably would never have dared to do anything quite this drastic otherwise.
This is my first ever mod, and it was pretty nerve-racking. I started just sanding the neck, which needed to be thinned further, but that took ages. So I bought a dremel, and got stuck in.
I also widened and deepened the neck-well; and if I ever do another mod like this I will do a lot more work on the neck-well, and thin down the neck less.
However, June looks very pretty on her new body. She has the default company face-up, with the lips pinked up a bit.
I've given her a new name - Laetitia Summers. She has been named after the Roman goddess of joy, happiness and festivity. I wanted a summery name for her, so Laetitia is also a play on words - L'Ete being the French for Summer.
She has subtle body blushing, hand and feet blushing and temporary tattoos.
There are more photos of Laetitia in my Flickr album;
What I have been doing for the past month... my very first body blushing exercise... using Griffin, a BJD hybrid with a Soom Ender head on an SID Iplehouse body. They are both normal skin, but Soom NS is a lot pinker. His head has been blushed to tone with the body by the artist who did his face-up. I bought him from a Den of Angels member who resides in Brazil, and he was customized there. Unfortunately I can't remember who did his face-up.
Based in New Zealand, I've been a collector of ball-jointed dolls since 2011.