To “paint” the terra cotta face, use a mixture of clear (or neutral) shoe polish and Pearl-Ex powders (I learned this trick from Lyn). Put a thumb-sized bit of clear shoe polish on a piece of heavy paper or foil, then mix in one of the Pearl-Ex colored powders with your fingers. Smear this onto the face. You can either cover the entire piece of clay, or allow some of the terra cotta color to show through.
Karen Karlovich, one of the women at the retreat, went home and came up with another technique. She used metallic paints. On one, she painted it black first, then blotted it. Then she brushed copper paint over it and rubbed it, for a really lovely distressed look.
Some of the women at the retreat preferred to leave the face “plain,” with no decoration at all. Of course, it’s up to you (and your doll!).
You can also sculpt your own face out of Sculpey or Fimo. If you’re making a face out of these, you can rub the Pearl-Ex onto the face before baking it. Be sure to leave holes in the face, so you can tie it onto the doll’s body. (I prefer the terra cotta faces because they are made from the earth, unlike the polymer Sculpey material.) You could also make a head or face out of cloth.
I find “Wet Ones” to be really handy in cleaning the paint, powder, or shoe polish off your fingers.
Tomorrow we’ll make the doll’s body.