Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Re-root: Vivian (WIP)

Dolly friends, here's another one of my recent re-roots.

When I found Vivian at Goodwill a little over a year ago, she was a standard blonde Barbie... with a difference that made her stand out. Bright green eyes with red lips, instead of the usual blue and pink. So of course, I had to have her.

She stayed a blonde for about a year while I worked on other dolls and wondered which hair color would suit her. And at the end of February? I had it. She needed to be a brunette, to match her eyebrows. And I just happened to have two different shades of brown, left from other projects, that would be perfect.

I did an insane amount of work on her the first day. Here's what was left:

Here she is from the front. As you can see, her hair is in desperate need of a boil wash!

Here it is, tamed with an elastic band.

I actually finished her over the next two days. Filled in the back of her head, thatched the part, and gave her a nice boil wash to reduce the bulk. Unfortunately, looking at the photos, I realize... they really don't do her justice!

So I'm going to re-take those, maybe with a nice change of outfit and some pretty background paper, and do a separate post for the finished re-root.

Stay tuned! In the meantime, I have plenty of other photos to share.

Much love,

Sarah J Sequins

(And dolls)


  1. Well you certainly make this look so easy. I have an old Barbie who could use a new hairdo. At some point whenever a have a spare moment, I might give this a try. (She also needs new makeup, too!) Great job. Keep the photos coming!

    1. Aw, thanks!

      I'm actually compiling a list of my favorite re-rooting tutorials with help from Cat of A Doll Affinity and Shannon of RetroDollsUS.

      And of course, there's the tutorial I'm working on! Now I want to start on it today. :D

  2. This is a very good combo. I too have a Superstar with about the same colour of hair (rerooted) and I want to paint green eyes to go with it. It even matches the eyebrows! Were they like this originally?

    1. My hands shake like the dickens when I try to repaint, so I leave everything in its original color. :D

      But when you repaint your Superstar's eyes, I'd love to see!

    2. I have shaky hands too. I anchor my pinky to whatever surface I'm painting and I use short strokes. You should give it a try!

    3. Brilliant! I'll have to remember that... and maybe get a dollar store doll or two to experiment on. :)