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Journal Entry: Mon May 16, 2011, 4:52 PM
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Please read this if you are interested to learn more about the dolls I photograph. I dont have time to keep answering the same questions over and over again >_< I will be updating this journal entry as time goes on. Feel free to add a question in the comments section and I will try to answer it.


What are these dolls?
They are BJD - ball jointed dolls. If you search Google with those keywords you will get plenty of results with companies and other info about them. This is the Wikipedia article…. Also this LJ answers some questions too . If you want to learn more, I would suggest Den of Angels forum (

Do you make them?
No I don't make the actual doll, I don't sculpt it. I am a customizer, I paint their faceups. I am basically a makeup artist for resin dolls. You can find the link to my commission shop and main Flickr faceup portfolio in the links above.

How much do they cost?
That really depends on the size, company and rarity of the doll (if it was limited). The most expensive doll I bought was a Unoa Zero, she was about $1400 USD, the cheapest one was a Pukipuki which cost me $160 USD. Note that those two examples only included a naked body and head, no wigs, eyes, clothes etc.

OMG how can you afford this?
Well I work and I earn money that I can spend on my hobby ^^; It took me many months to save enough for my first doll, putting aside a few bucks every week, but it was worth it. I believe this hobby really tests your patience but if you REALLY want one, you will get it sooner or later.

Where can I buy BJDs?
If you Google "BJD company links" you will find many helpful websites with huge lists of BJD websites… I recommend checking the BJD Collectasy site since it is pretty much constantly updated….

Where did you buy your own dolls? (listing only current dolls I own)
Jess, Cassie and Bree - Fairyland Minifee Chloe
Mocha and Ichigo - Latidoll Yellow Noa

Are you selling your dolls?
Not unless stated. If I decide to sell any of them, they will be up on Den of Angels BJD forum.

I like one of the dolls in your monthly mosaic uploads. What is the name of the sculpt?
I don't remember every single sculpt names so I recommend checking my Flickr photostream and find the doll there. The title of my faceup submissions have got the company and sculpt name added.

Your dolls very much resemble my character. I was wondering if I could use your photos as a visual example for my stories/RP?
I am sorry, but my answer is no. These dolls already represent my own characters and have their own stories so I would feel very uncomfortable finding people using my photos for other characters. I hope you can understand and respect my decision.


Where do you buy clothes for your doll?
I get them from many many different sources. Some are from Etsy, Ebay or DoA marketplace, others are from specialised bjd fashion websites like Brennil or Atelier Momoni, and sometimes I simply commission seamstresses. I care a lot about my doll's fashion, I want them to be unique so I always try to get clothes that are one of a kind or difficult to get but of high quality.

Where do you buy your doll's eyes?
I am a big fan of urethane eyes so lately all the eyes I buy are Dollflowers. For those ones I join group preorders held on which happen about twice per year.

Where do you buy your doll's wigs?
I usually get wigs from Dollga, nDoll, eBay, Etsy etc. But there are many more options available than just those, almost every BJD store sells them so if you have a look at the BJD company list linked in the fifth answer, you will find a ton of options :)


What materials and tools do you use for your faceups?
- Liquitex Matte Medium and Varnish for sealing (check my Youtube channel to learn more about brush on sealants)
- Schminckle pastels
- Faber Castell and Derwent watercolor pencils
- Iwata airbrush with Tempera and Art Spectrum gouache paints
- Aqueous Hobby Color Clear Gloss or Tamiya Acrylic Paint Clear X-22
- various colored craft shimmer/glitter

How do you paint faceups?
I have a Youtube channel with a bunch of videos showing the work in progress of faceup painting. You can find the link just below the title of this journal entry.


Do you take commissions for your wigs?
No sorry, I currently do not.

Can I buy one from you?
Sorry they are not for sale. If I decide otherwise I will make an announcement on my Facebook page.

What fiber do you use for your wigs?
I use both organic and synthetic fiber from Thermal Saran to Alpaca and others. My choice depends on the type of wig, colour and style I want to create.

Where do you buy your fiber?
From dozens of different shops. Because I started making wigs just recently, I am still in the process of testing out the quality and general experience of a variety of suppliers. I've bought my fiber from a different shop every time, and no, I do not have a favorite yet, they all have their pros and cons. You can find plenty of stores on eBay and Etsy or by using your favorite search engine.
Here are just a couple:…

How did you learn how to make wigs?
I learned the basics by spending about two weeks researching during my free time. I've bought a guide on Etsy, I've read articles and tutorials that I found on the web and watched videos on Youtube. After I learned the basics I kept researching the ABCs of hair styling and hair dyeing.
Some links that I recommend checking (remember that you can always learn more, so extra research will only do you good, I've read all of these plus many many many more).…………………

How did you dye the hair?
The same way as you'd do with human hair. If the fiber is organic (such as angora, alpaca, etc) it is very similar to regular (human) hair and you can change its colours just as easily. So far I've tried Manic Panic dyes and PaintBox, both worked just fine.


What camera do you use for your photos?
From end of January 2014 I switched to a Nikon D7100. Before that I used a Nikon D90 with a Sigma 1:2.8 DG Macro lens.

Do you edit your photos?
Yes. A lot. Editing photos in Photoshop is the part I enjoy the most.
Jess Purple - before + after shots by AndrejA

What editing program do you use to make your videos?
I use After Effects.


I made two videos that answer additional questions that I received.

These are the questions and the timing for the video above


I've been interested in these kinds of dolls for about a year and a half now, and I was wondering if you had any tips for someone who's looking into trying these sort of things for the first time?

What brand of watercolour pencils do you use?

What brand of pastels do you use?

What kind of sharpener do you use?

What gloves do you use and why?

Do your customers typically ask you for specific colours and etc, or are you usually the one to decide what the doll's makeup will be like?

Wouldn't an exacto-knife be dangerous on resin (scratching, particularly)?

i like the song! What is it?

What is the little green thing that you use to make small repairs?

You do the lower lashes and eyebrow hairs several times. Are you simply retracing previous lines, or adding more lines?

Do you brush color right off the pastel sticks, or do you shave it and dip your brush in the powder?

What program do you use to edit?

How much of a plan do you have before you start working on a faceup?

Do you plan on doing a FaceupStories on >insert sculpt name03:08

How many times do you seal the faceup?

What brand of gloss do you use?

What type paintbrushes do you use and what is their size?

Where do you use paint and where do you use pastels exactly?

Is there a certain kind of paint that you use for the airbrush?

What brand/model of airbrush do you use?

When you're using the watercolor pencils, are they entirely dry or have you wet them a little bit? I've used them before, but I feel like the lines don't look as smooth as yours.

What if u made a mistake?? how do correct it? Do u clean it with something?

I noticed you used one brand of watercolors when doing the eyelids and another one when you were drawing the creases of her eyes, does that help make the color more visible faster or it doesn't really matter which brand you use for different parts of her face?

I don't own an airbrush would pastels work just as well for the airbrushed steps?

What sealant do you use? And why do you apply after every layer?

Can you use eyelashes intended for humans?

What do you do with the back of the lashes? I've noticed that you place them so that the back kind of sticks out. Do you clip them when the glue is dry?

What sealant kind of glue do you use for the eyelashes?

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momo0315 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Hi, I was wondering where can I find a pre-owned doll. Anyone/everyone help I need one!
StaticGhost666 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, do you except face-up commissions? I have a minifee Chloe but she is due for a new face-up but I don’t know where to get it done or who to get it done by, you and I are also in the same country so I thought it’d be easier and I don’t really feel comfortable with sending my doll to a different country as I have never done that before, thank you for your time and I hope you have a nice day.
hopemable Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you sell BJDs or do you know someone who does? Like already used ones that no one really wants. My family and I are too poor and cheap to afford the BJDs from store.
xNyanKittyKatx Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unless something is seriously wrong with a BJD, second-hand and new BJDs are worth about the same. BJDs don't lose worth unless faulty. You're better off saving 10$ a month or so to find one you like for new. To save money on them, make your own wigs, do your own face-up, find one that comes with eyes or make the eyes, try making your own clothes or trading in BJD communities (such as food props or artwork for an article or two of clothing), and choose one of the default skin colors (stuff like lilac and cocoa usually cost 5-40$ more.)
Nuditon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I love how I can't help reading everything in your voice :D
JoBeeOne Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Professional Artist
Hey Andreja, long time fan here (and extreme novice face up person.
Just wondering if you had seen these amazing artistic dolls around the internet.
NSFW btw. Artistically so though.
Pacifiher Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you make customized dolls? And if so how much would it be?
tain0200 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
Hi, I would like to know
If you make dolls to sell?
I would love to buy one of your dolls ^^
fopalmer Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
All I can say is, your amazing!😉
The-Erin-show Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What size bjd clothes best fit monster high dolls?

Also, I adore your work! Thanks in advance
elveneleven89 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
Do you still commission for face-ups?
Eriktayl0r Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
i found some dolls in an abandoned house they were creepy as fuck.
Aqua-The-Smiter Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
These dolls are absolutely gorgeous.
Seriously, and I didn't even know this was a thing.
plamena208 Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
How you make your dolls' wigs? Please make tutorial, if you have time! >.< I love your work and I think I'll start repainting dolls and changing their hairs ^^ 
PaigeBliss Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018  Student General Artist
She shows her process on Patreon, but there are a few YouTubers who make very similar wigs who have tutorials. It's pretty easy. Here's a playlist by Mozekyto. I got a very similar result to her <3…
xPastelinq Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Where do you buy your eyelashes?
AndrejA Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
doll stores :)
xPastelinq Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Oh! thanks!
Stimusch Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
To do the base of the black in the eyes, do you use acrylics? Can I use acrylics watered down on bjds? Thanks!
wangxinxiaoalex Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016
Hi Andreja,
What glue do u use to stick eyelashes on?
dkray4 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
There a animated series called Horseland can could you create the 5 leading girls characters of the that series. By using monster high dolls.
AndrejA Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, I don't take commissions anymore :(
dkray4 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
oh ok well thankyou for replying
conniebmartin Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
Hi Andreja,

I've followed your videos, Q&A's for years.  What I haven't been able to find is what kind of Dremel you're using.
Could you please tell me the manufacturer's name & model ?

Thank you so much,
AndrejA Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Dremel Micro
HyJahk Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you use to remove the market default face paint on the Monster High dolls before you start a Faceup on them?
NikKiDWolF Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Acetone or nail polish remover.
haijameh Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
in this video…
did you use an obitsu body and an azone head or an azone body with an obitsu head?
wtchx Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Where do you purchase clothing for your monster high dolls? I feel as if I have scoured every corner of the internet, and I cant find anything like what you have. Do you make their clothing yourself, or do you know of a seller I just haven't found?
Missangest Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
What kind of protection do you use (mask) when using the acrylic medium with the airbrush and when using the varnish? 

I saw in the F.A.Q what you used when sealing with MSC but I decided to use Liquitex medium and varnish instead like you mentioned in the sealant video just because it is safer to use but wonder if there's any safety measures I should take anyway. I thought gloves and a regular disposable mask would be fine (and of course only using the varnish outside or in a well ventilated area) and mostly used just to keep the doll clean but when I was searching for tips on how to seal dolls when it's cold (the tip about a toaster oven was great but sadly can't find any going under 100degrees here in Sweden) I found this site where they wrote that even when using a sealant applied with an airbrush, you need to wear a mask because dangerous particles can be inhaled anyway. So now I'm trying to figure out if I actually need something more protective than just a regular disposable mask. I haven't found anything mentioning this either on Liquitex own site (other than to use the varnish in a well ventilated area) or by googling all kinds of things, so now I'm hoping that you may be able to answer on what you'd recommend.

I'm sorry for a lot of text and I'm sure that you're very busy, I will continue looking for answers for this but it would certainly be helpful if I would be able to get an answer from you as well. :)
AndrejA Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I use a full face respirator. And yes I would still use one even when dealing with Liquitex which is labeled as non toxic, better be safe than sorry. There are many resources online about which type is best to use, Google has all the answers…
Missangest Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly for answering, I will definitely take the safe route!
ViciousVixxen1914 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2015   General Artist
What is the magic ereaser used for?? My first doll is Mirodoll black resin her skin is holding casting color pooling, and scuffing from the unmolding ect.. I want to spray her with a matt permanent clear coat paint what do you recomend?
Mi-chan785 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
Hi, I'm sorry, I have a question about the water colour pencils you're using >< I've tried Faber-Castell, but I didn't get nearly as good results as you did (and I sealed several times before I started), so I wanted to give the Derwent ones a try. But I found there are 2 different types of Derwent pencils that can be used with water - one that's actually called watercolour and one that's called inktense? I'm just guessing you're using the watercolour ones, but I'd like to make sure first >_<'
AndrejA Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are using the right pencils, you just need to keep layering the colours, mine do not come like that with one layer. I use on average 15 layers, so yeah I keep redrawing the same details over and over again to build colour intensity. 
Mi-chan785 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
Yeah, I know you're layering, but when I look at your videos, even the first strokes appear more intense than mine =( And when I get to about 5-6 layers, I'm starting to scratch off the colours/Sealant again, even when I'm using close to none strength at all ._.
IronicEggAffection Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Sorry if you answered this somewhere and I missed it, what specific product/brand do you use for removing the original face-up on dolls like Monster High dolls? I've recently been testing out face-up techniques on cheap thrift store dolls before moving on to a more valuable doll, and it seems like their faces take almost half an hour to even poorly get off, and it's super messy, but when watching your videos, it looks like the original face-up comes off a lot quicker!!
kitsune102 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You use pure acetone nail polish remover.
IronicEggAffection Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
Ahh, okay, thank you!!
kitsune102 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome! :D
TheBeautifullCleo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
Your doll are very lovely and I saw that you often work on BJD doll and monster high doll, both have big face or bigger than Barbie face and I would like to know if I can have the same result with Obitsu 1/6 27cm head that I found at Paradox website? Can I use a airbrush as the airbrush using in nails art. It's not an expensive appliance because airbrushes in general are very expensive.
I would like to make with Obitsu head  manga Character can you give me some advice in order to succeed, I would like to put them on display at home. Thank you
AndrejA Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I show how I painted my tiny Obitsu head in one of my Faceup Stories… I do not know what the difference is between a regular airbrush and one used for nail art so I can't answer that. The process of repainting an Obitsu is exactly the same as with any faceup :)
Fuzzlers Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
I'm not 100% sure if this has been asked before or not, but I've been wondering a lot lately about whether or not you add something to the gouache paint to thin it down before you airbrush? Do you use water or a special paint thinning agent?
Thanks again. 
AndrejA Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, I use water :)
Swimmergirl1025 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hi I have a doll.... Maybe I can make my own! my dad got it for me 2 years not need it now.... Gonna post my finishing results... And 1 thing do you sketch it out before or no?
AndrejA Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I work straight on the doll, I do not spend any time sketching on paper.
MermaidPuffy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Have you heard of For My Doll? They sell really nice BJD stuff!

Also, I'm guessing it's okay to use BJD wigs for Monster High hair? c:
HBTHEFAILARTIST Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The following shop on etsy (…) makes wigs specifically for MH dolls ^_^
AnimeCU Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
hi AndrejA. im AnimeCU or my YouTube name Wolf. i do lots of customizing with my mlps and i do them with my best friend Mlp Artbeat (YouTube name). i am going to do my first doll custom. do you have tips for me?
AndrejA Featured By Owner Edited Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My suggestion is to invest the time to research what you want to do as much as possible, that way you will avoid unpleasant surprises. 
Every single bit of knowledge is a valuable tip and the internet is a never-ending book of information. 
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