After 8 years of making softies with children’s drawings, I felt it was time to stretch out a bit, and try another craft or two. I saw Sonia Singh’s work several months ago, and ever since, I’ve been itching to have a go at it myself. I have to say that it has been a welcome change, surprisingly fun and satisfying work to refurbish Bratz dolls and give them new personalities.
Each of the pre-owned Bratz dolls has been washed with hot water and soap. A few dolls who’d encountered a child wielding a permanent marker, now own a “beauty mark” or “tattoo”. Brushing their hair and dressing them in their new clothes bring back memories of forgotten childhood play. I enjoy designing their clothes and knitting their little tops, and I like seeing their personalities emerge as I paint their faces.
There are many How-to videos online – including some by Sonja – showing the various processes of repainting and revamping dolls.
Wendy Tsao can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org