Painting Realistic Eyes with Diane Keeler

Diane Keeler shares the secret of how she creates eyes for her dolls and sculptures. The technique is not very difficult, but like anything else, it takes practice. This technique can be used for glass, polymer and molded eyes. Instructor Diane Keeler is a member of NIADA and ODACA.
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• Acrylic Paint. The color choice is endless. It all depends on the eye color you wish. The only rule is that your two shades of paint have to have enough contrast between the colors. One dark and one light.
• White Pearlescent Acrylic Paint
• Black Acrylic Paint
• Acrylic Glaze
• Fine Paint Brushes. The brushes I like best are 3/0 Round, 10/0 Spotter and 10/0 Liner brushes
• 3D Crystal Lacquer or Acrylic Gloss. The lacquer is found at www.sakuracrafts.com.
• Ball Stylus. I use four different sizes but the medium to large size works great for this size eye.
• Pencil
• Magnifing Visor (optional)
• Pastel chalks in Earth shades
• Varity of old paint brushes for applying the pastels
• Ceramic tile

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Diane Keeler

Diane Keeler

Curiosity is the force that has driven Keeler all her life. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1950 to parents that nurtured this curiosity. “When I was growing up, my parents were always doing something, always trying a new hobby or pursuing a new interest.” Keeler reflects when asked about the source of her curiosity.

This environment, rich in the nutrients that sustain a creative mind, produced in Keeler an adventurous and passionate drive that has found fulfillment in doll artistry. For years, Keeler engaged in various creative outlets. She was a hairdresser by profession and...
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Excellent Review by Laurie
Detailed and specific information about the materials and technique. Clever and useful tips. Clear and pleasant voice presentation. Excellent handout with large pictures for easy reference. Thanks! (Posted on 6/2/15)
Great Review by skygrazer
Some great tips on painting a realistic eye (although I may also apply them to fantasy eyes). I'll probably watch it again and review the handout when I try my own. (Posted on 5/19/14)

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