Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Josephine Baker

So I saw someone post about Josephine Baker on FB for Black History Month,

and then I saw a Josephine Baker doll for sale (way more than I could afford) so I got inspired to make my own.  She was an interesting, groundbreaking and brave person, beyond being absolutely gorgeous, so she was just begging to be in my Barbie collection. 

Josephine starts life as a Hula Hair Christie

Shorn.  All that multicolor hair gone!

I used straight acetone to wipe her eyebrows off, and taped off where they'd go back.

First try. I like the right brow but not the left and the eye liner takes all the sparkle out of her eyes.

Face touched up and scalp painted black.

Flocked, waiting for glue to dry.  Don't mind the body.  She's on a spare body temporarily to make her head easier to work with

Painted, flocked, and ready for a nice Artsy body, which I can hopefully get tomorrow.  Not a twin, obviously, but close enough for government work. 

 Next up?  Fashion photos!  Because it's just not Josephine Baker without gorgeous fashion photos!


  1. Great job, Miss Lola. Looking forward to the fashion photos.

  2. Thanks for showing the step-by-step transformation. Your Ms. Baker is lovely and I can't wait to see her dressed out and strutting her stuff!

  3. I can't wait for her photo shoot, she going to look great!

  4. Hello from Spain: Congratulations on your creating Barbie-Josephine Baker. You make a great artwork. I look forward to future photos fashion. Keep in touch.

  5. Thanks for this tutorial. I like the idea of the tape between her eyes so you can restore the eyebrows. Neat.

  6. Wow, great job! She looks really good.

    I did some research and found this link for a snip it program for Windows XP
    If this is not your Windows version, please let me know and I'll keep looking!

  7. Well, I just love the name of your blog!
    New follower here.

    This transformation was amazing! Excellent work!