The New Art – “Reborn” Dolls

Posted on March 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

During the 1990’s doll collecting took on new life with the introduction of “reborning”. Reborning started as a method of taking pre-fabricated dolls and making them appear more life like. Since then, reborning has evolved into a new art form.

Artists who reborn dolls begin by stripping dolls of all factory paint and hair and then applying new paint in multiple, ultra thin layers. Hair is then rooted, or micro-rooted, using mohair or human hair and felting needles. While it is true some artists use wigs or paint the hair on, most root the hair by hand. Many dolls are then stuffed and weighted to make the doll feel more life like as well.

Reborn dolls became so popular that companies began to emerge that produce doll parts… simply for the purpose of reborning. This is also called “newborning” (since the parts have never actually been assembled into a doll prior to being “reborn”). The techniques used for newborning are the same as reborning… only the stripping part is skipped since the doll parts come in vinyl/silicone free of paint.

Several layers of paint are required to achieve the depth necessary for the look of real skin tone. Each layer is painted and allowed to set, or be heat set, before applying the next layer. If the paint is not set between each layer the paints will run together and the effect will be lost. Some artists use air dry paints, but most prefer to use heat set oil paints by Genesis. With these paints you can heat the parts to 260 and then continue to the next layer. If you use traditional oil paints you have to wait several days between each layer. With air dry paints you run the risk of the paint curing before you get it just like you want it. These are the reasons most artists take matters into their own hands and use the heat set oils. Artists usually require at least 7 layers to complete the process, but many take upwards of 12 or more layers to achieve the look they desire.

Hair rooting is another skill that must be mastered for the baby to look as realistic as possible. Some artists choose to use wigs, but wigs are not natural looking and as such are used rarely by true reborn artists. Rooting is the process of taking mohair or human hair and inserting it into the dolls head using felting needles. This process can sometimes leave the dolls looking “plugged” (like poor barbie). With thick hair this is not really an issue, but to get the thin newborn hair look the hair must be micro-rooted. Micro-rooting is the same basic process, however, the hair is rooted one to two strands at a time. This creates a very natural look, but can take days to complete.

With so much skill needed to create a fine collectible baby, you can see why the art of reborning has gained such ground in the art world. Very few people can master all of the elements needed to create a genuinely realistic looking doll. To add to that, many artists have begun sculpting their own dolls from clay to get an even more precise look they are after. Silicone dolls poured from such molds are in high demand recently. It is easy to see this art form taking yet another pathway in the doll market.

Many dolls come with letters of authenticity which raise the value of said dolls in the collectors market. For instance, an artist can make only a limited number of a certain mold and those dolls quickly become rare and therefore much more valuable than a mass produced kit. Some of the earliest artists to gain recognition for their art, have recently become very valuable and highly sought after. Since reborning is s relatively new “invention”, no one dares to venture a guess at just how valuable some of these can get in time.

Reborns and newborns are no longer just dolls collected through eBay, but a league all their own.

Decorate Your Home With Art Collectible Objects

Posted on February 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

Many people like collecting as their hobby for fun, and one of the most interesting things to collect are art collectibles. These art collectible things can vary such as saw blades, wooden eggs, or anything that is painted with artwork. Moreover, people also collect other things like designer rugs, fine art paintings, limited edition plates, thimbles, and many more.

Collecting art objects is usually considered as an expensive hobby by most people, because only rich people can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars just to buy an original Van Gogh. However, art objects do not always have to be expensive, such as collecting post cards for example. You can get high quality glossy postcards printed with some of their more notable acquisitions at most art museum gift shops.

People who like collecting arts usually also have their favorite artists whose works they appreciate. Some choose to focus on one particular artist, whereas some other collect things from some artists’ works. Some people also like to collect arts based on a theme they enjoy such as piano music, nature, classic, etc.

Another good thing about art collections is that you can find them in every part of world. But even if you do not travel much around the world, whatever your art collections are, you can always find and add more of your collections on eBay. eBay has been known as the best place for online auctions. Not only you can buy collectible things there, but also you can sell your things if you want to.

Collecting art objects is very fun, it makes your life more interesting and also makes your home more beautiful by decorating it with art masterpieces.


3 Tips To Select The Best Online Arts Degree Program

Posted on February 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

As much of the job market are open for you once your have gained your arts degree, you will have a good career move with your arts degree. Online degree programs have become so popular and gained most acceptances in the job market, you can choose to earn your arts degree online at your own pace from your comfort home instead of on hold your current lifestyle to go back to campus for the same purpose. It’s important to enroll into the best online arts degree program so that your arts degree will helps the most in your career move. Here are the 3 tips to help you select your best online arts degree program.

Tip #1: The Best Online Arts Degree Program is Inline with Your Career Goal

The range of arts subjects is very wide and can be confusing because similar names are used to describe course which are very different from one another. Even the same art degree programs offered by different online universities can cover different courses. Before go and search for your online arts degree program, you must first understand what is your purpose of getting an arts degree? And, how it fits into your career goal?

You may want to earn your credential in Fine Art, so choosing an arts degree with concentration in English speaking is not fit into your purpose. Or you are looking to improve your knowledge on interior degree that emphasis on three-dimensional design, the arts degree program that contains courses focus on interior degree emphasis in furniture or ceramics may not be your call. Hence, you should get the detail information of your short listed online arts degree programs offered by your preference online universities and carefully review each and every course offered in the programs. Your best online arts degree program should contain courses that inline with your career goal.

Tip #2: The Arts Degree Should Be Accepted In Job Market

Unless your purpose of earning an arts degree is just for in-depth your knowledge in your arts hobbies, then you definitely want to earn an arts degree that is recognized in the job market. Many employers measure your degree based on accreditation of your degree program and reputation of the university that offered the degree. Hence, you should get your arts degree from a reputable online university which is accredited by an accreditation agency that is recognized by US Department of Education. Don’t let your arts degree have a chance to be question by the employers when you use it for career advancement or job promotion.

Tip #3: Have Good Reference Resources & Support to Their Online Students

You can’t complete your arts degree program by just studying the online course materials; you need to submit course work and doing assignment. It normally requires you to look for other sources of information to complete your course work or assignment. If you are a working individual, you may not have time to go to physical library to search for the required information. The best source of information is online. So, make sure the arts degree program that you are going to enroll, will providing you with the necessary online sources for related references or the university has online library that allows you to access online and download the required information.

Along the process of your online arts study, you may face a lot of problems that require guidance from the university. Many online degree programs do provide mentor to their students to guide them until their degree completion. Is your arts degree program of your choice provides this service? Other than that, what are the supports do the university provide to their online students? A good support is importance to ensure you complete your arts degree program smoothly.

In Summary

The best arts degree program may not be the top program in the market, but it is a degree program that can meet all your needs, inline with your career goal and get widely accepted in the job market of your career field.