Just made a Zombie Doll. I bought a porcelain doll from the thrift store and "zombified" it.
I bought this doll for $5. Here's what she looked like when I started:
Isn't she sweet?? (Her hair looked better, but I started distressing her wig before I remembered to take a "before" picture.)
The first step is to strip the doll down to nothing and rip off the wig.
Next, I painted a base coat of gray acrylic.
Now, I have never had much luck with crackle mediums. I've tried several brands, and either they don't work at all, or they have tiny, little cracks. I experimented on the back of the legs and had the same results as before -- not good.
So, I tried Kroma Crackle (which I bought for a Michael DeMing class and never used) Kroma Crackle dries white, so I didn't add any color to it. You have to paint it on real thick.
This is the result I got:
Not exactly cracks -- more like a "lizard/leprosy" texture. But, hey, it works. I went over the whole face with some stains to add more color. When it was all dry, I went over everything with several coats of matte medium.
For her dress, I dipped it in a bath of black and gray dye. After it dried, I tore and shredded the lace. Then, dripped some brown and red stain on it.
I glued the wig back on and hacked it up with scissors. Then, I attacked the synthetic hair with my heat gun.
Now, I have a new zombie doll to add to my Halloween yard.
I'm really having fun altering porcelain dolls. You may remember I made a "Demon Baby" a few years ago:
So, for a fast and easy Halloween doll, try altering a porcelain doll from the thrift store!!!