This is Iplehouse Stella (face-up by Angel Toast), with an EID "tattoo" body which has been painted by BJD face-up artist Vitta Vera;
Stella has been posed and photographed by Lyanne.
Stella's body originally belonged to Pamela, but I popped Stella on this body for a photo-shoot with my friend Lyanne, and she looked wonderful on it - so she got to keep it!
The "carved" tattoos on the torso and thigh are picked out in peacock blue metallic thread and enhanced with tiny Swarovski crystals. Stella's hands and feet have been blushed by Vitta Vera and her feet enhanced with "barefoot sandals". The painting is incredibly delicate and beautiful.
Here is a close-up of one foot (this is a flat foot - her heel feet have a different design - isn't her "pedicure" just perfect?
And a peacock feather in bronze and blue has been added to her back;
Doll meet! A couple of friends came over, and of course some of their dolls came for a visit too!
We always have lots of fun, and it's great to see their dolls.
Wow! Check out the legs on Helen's new HID Lahela!
Her beautiful Doria came too;
Lahela and Doria's clothing is by Iplehouse. Their shoes are by Paul Zhangby (ebay).
Lyanne brought along her FID couple Arvid & Stella - she has painted their faces herself - what a talented lady! I made Stella's sweater - it's a little too small for FID woman and looks better on a 16 inch Ficon fashion doll (it's from a Barbie knitwear book), and Arvid's sweater is by Lyanne's mom I think.
One thing that is quite difficult (or exciting, depending on which way you look at it), is not only posing one rather heavy doll that is at risk of toppling over at any moment; is posing two of them.
And trying to make it look convincing...
I joined my friend Lyanne back in July to trial a method she suggested, of using fishing line (or any thick plastic line) to keep the dolls upright, or at least stop them from toppling over completely.
It worked very well!
You can see the lines in this photo of Lyanne's Stella with my Crow, they are simply looped around the doll's shoulders and fastened to a frame (a laundry drying frame). I'd be pretty nervous about stepping back and photographing them like this if they were unsupported by anything!
And here the lines have been magically "removed" using Adobe Photoshop Elements 12;
Not too shabby! Still, the pose shown below is still less nerve-wracking... this is Lyanne's beautiful Lahela in lazy beach mode - no chance of falling over here!
After a refreshing spa to remove some yellowing, Flickr member HelenNZ's White Stella was co-opted into a photo-shoot to celebrate the arrival of a new backdrop and a new outfit - a shirred leather dress from Iplehouse.
Photos by myself and LyanneNZ.
Based in New Zealand, I've been a collector of ball-jointed dolls since 2011.