A Closeup Look at our New Baby Bundles…Just Like Reborn Dolls!

Aug 26, 2017 / BY Jack Johnston

Written by Guest Author Jack Johnston, CEO Emeritus Professional Dollmakers Art Guild

Paradise Galleries just launched a special collection of five newborn dolls called BABY BUNDLES. This exciting new line of realistic collectible dolls are available now in limited quantities! The artists and product designers at Paradise Galleries have taken these babies to the next level of realism.  One of the differences with this limited edition babies is that they will not have first names. These special babies will receive their names by their new adoptive parents when they collect them. For now, they all go by their nicknames which match the sayings on their onesies: The Princess Has Arrived, Born to be Spoiled, All the Ladies Love Me, Reaching for the Stars, and I Love Naps. See them all up close and purchase them by clicking here: www.paradisegalleries.com/babybundles.

These life scale ultra realistic babies have adorable sweet faces, and weighted bodies for realism. Each come with a hospital bracelet, baby beanie cap, soft cotton onesie outfit and real newborn diaper. To enhance their realism, they feature hand-applied faux mohair, eyelashes, painted lips fingernails and toenails. Their realistic flexible arms and legs are made of the finest Silicone-like FlexTouch vinyl. These babies are incredibly real to the touch, their cloth bodies even weigh the same as a live infant. When the babies are selected and cuddled by their new parent, they immediately bond! Their new parent will receive a Birth Certificate and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the original artist all inside the exquisite collector’s box it comes in.

Pictured here is “Reaching for the Stars.”. Notice the realistic color and appearance of FlexTouch vinyl.

Collecting one of these newly released Baby Bundles is more than collecting a lifelike doll…holding the babies is a multi sensory experience. Collectors who have held a Bundle Baby with the weighted FlexTouch vinyl limbs and soft cloth body explain the sensation as “the closest thing to holding a real baby”.

In an effort to help the readers know more about the creation of these new dolls, I’ve taken the opportunity to speak to the artists that created them. Three renown artists were chosen to contribute to this project. Two of the artists are from the USA and one is from the Netherlands. To help us better understand the love that went into making these babies, I took the opportunity to personally speak with each of the original artists.

JANNIE DE LANGE, sculptor of Born to be Spoiled, The Princess has Arrived and Reaching for the Stars

Three of the Baby Bundles were sculpted by world-renowned sculptor Jannie de Lange from the Netherlands. She lives in a scenic country home on the eastern side of Holland near Germany. Since 1994 she has dedicated her adult life to her craft as a professional baby doll artist.

As a mother and grandmother, she spends her day either sculpting babies or enjoying her own grandchildren. She has the advantage of spending hours nearly every day babysitting her grandbabies. While she is babysitting, she studies the babies’ anatomy and watches their movement carefully to assure that her sculptures are accurate. She feels like creating babies and being with her family of children is the best of all options. She really is enjoying her life.

Jannie has been an artist with Paradise Galleries since 2009. Her first doll for Paradise Galleries was an Asian girl doll by the name of Nischi. Nischi is highly popular and is still available today. Click here to see Nischi up close! 

Jannie’s three babies in the new collection are Born to be Spoiled, The Princess has Arrived and Reaching for the Stars. She feels like each creation she does is better than the last. Like all of the artists that I spoke with, she is very impressed with the texture that Paradise Galleries has accomplished using their FlexTouch technology. These dolls are indeed the next level of quality and detail from Paradise Galleries. You may learn more about Jannie and see scores of her creations by visiting her website at www.janniedelange.com.

LISA OLSON, sculptor of All the Ladies Love Me

Lisa Olson has been an artist at heart throughout most of her life. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Social Work degree from the University of Nebraska. Even though her formal education was in Social Work, she knew her true love was sculpting. Her first attempt at working with dolls was in 2004 when she bought a vinyl Berenguer doll. She stripped all of the paint and hair off of it and repainted it. She incorporated real glass eyes, mohair, eye lashes and a hand sewn outfit. She had no idea that what she was doing would one day be known a “reborning”.

Lisa is a long time friend of mine. She took her first sculpting class as one of my students learning to make baby dolls in Salt Lake City in 2006. She joined the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild at that time and is a member to this day. As a professional doll maker, she has made every kind of doll from life scale One-of-a-Kind baby dolls, limited reproduction resin dolls, and fully articulated ball jointed dolls. In most cases she used baby pictures of her three sons, nieces and nephews as her inspiration.

She has won several “Dotty Awards” and the coveted “Dolls Industry Award of Excellence” in 2013 and 2015 from Dolls Magazine. In 2015, she also won the Gold Award from the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild at the International Doll and Teddy Bear Show in Asheville, NC.

Paradise Galleries recognized her talent as early as 2010. They purchased one of Lisa’s OOAK baby dolls at the EXPO Doll show in Orlando, Florida. Since then, they have produced four of her baby creations. When I saw she was one of the artists included in the Baby Bundle series, I was so very proud of her! You may read more about Lisa and see all of her creations at: www.hellodollydolls.com

ANGELA LEWIS, sculptor of I Love Naps

Angela Lewis began her career as a sculptor in 2005. She has spent her career dedicated to sculpting realistic babies. Like Lisa Olson she was also a member of the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild. In 2006 she studied the process of molding her One of a Kind creations and reproducing them in silicone. She has become well know, not just for sculpting her own baby doll creations, but also for molding other artist’s creations in silicone. Her husband John joined her sculpting and mold making business full time as her mold maker. He has perfected making molds and poring dolls in silicone. Her doll making and his skill in mold making work wonderfully well together. They both work full time in their doll making business.

She is very impressed to have her creation included with the other fine artists. She is honored to have her sleeping baby I Love Naps included in the new Paradise Galleries line. She hopes to continue her relationship with Paradise Galleries and become a regular contributor to their line of dolls. You may see more of Angela’s creations at www.angelaoriginals.com.

Conclusion… As a professional artist, myself I’m honored to present this new line of dolls from Paradise Galleries and to have the opportunity to interview the artists behind their precious sculpts. As the founder and CEO Emeritus of the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild, I have great pride in watching artists that I have known since they first started sculpting turn into famous artists. Once an artist reaches the status of having their work reproduced by a major manufacturer like Paradise Galleries, they have truly reached the pinnacle of their career.

If I can help you in your desire to become a professional doll maker feel free to contact me at jack@artdolls.com.

The Baby Bundles crew!

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Confessions of Doll Designer Jen Printy

Apr 15, 2017 / BY Emily

By Jen Printy, Jen Printy Original Dolls

christina_8Many people have asked how I stumbled into such a profession as doll design. I wasn’t someone who said, “I want to sculpt dolls when I grow up.” Although I love what I do, this wasn’t my plan. I was quite happy with my chosen career—a colored pencil artist. However, as life often does, it had a different plan.

Throughout college, like most students, I worked to pay for books, classes, and the occasional fun night out. At the time, I didn’t realize it, but my part-time job was going to be the nail the coffin of my colored pencil career. The repetitive motion of cashiering caused Tendinitis.

My love for dolls started when I was a little girl, I had two very special Lee Middleton Dolls. One day I came across a reborn doll, its realistic look just amazed me. Eventually I purchased a reborn doll for myself. Shortly thereafter that I was inspired to try and reborn a baby doll myself. I never imagined that what I thought was going to be a hobby turned into a career. I have been making reborn dolls for five years now and I have just finished my 196th reborn baby doll! My reborning business keeps growing and I keep imagining new ideas for each baby doll. I love creating and making people happy with my creations. Whenever I see someone open a reborn I created, their smile is priceless to me.

Throughout college, like most students, I worked to pay for books, classes, and the occasional fun night out. At the time, I didn’t realize it, but my part-time job was going to be the nail the coffin of my colored pencil career. The repetitive motion of cashiering caused Tendinitis.

Eventually, I wasn’t able to draw anymore. The repetition involved in creating a colored pencil artwork caused too much pain. Art has always part of my life, it was a way to express myself and deal with my emotions, and I wasn’t willing to give it up. For about a year, I was lost, not knowing which direction I should go. One afternoon, I stumbled across a website of one-of-a-kind dolls. It was definitely a God thing. I found it fascinating how artists could make dolls look so lifelike. With my colored pencil artwork, realism had always been the goal.

I purchased a few bars of clay and some tools that very afternoon. As soon as they arrived, I got started. My first dolls looked more like ugly little old men or aliens than the pictures of babies I was using for reference. The phrase “a face only a mother could love” comes to mind. Unattractive is putting it mildly.

Sculpting is not easy, and I quickly found out creating a realistic baby doll is downright tricky. Jack Johnston—a man I’m lucky enough to call a mentor—told me once that on a scale of one to ten of difficulty, a baby doll is a ten. I can’t argue. So, how did I move from sculpting ugly old men to realistic baby dolls? Unfortunately, there is no magical combination to create the beautiful doll of your dreams. Expect hard work and practice. Lots and lots of practice. Even though this journey was not my plan, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’m able to create collectable dolls enjoyed by the very young to the very old. I’ve made friends all over the world. Clearly, fate knew best.

Click below for a closer look of Paradise Galleries dolls designed by Jen Printy!

#jenprintyoriginaldolls #dolldesign #realisticbabydolls  #dollaboutyou

The Art of Reborning, by Kristina Backoefer

Nov 14, 2016 / BY Emily

christina_8Today we welcomed our first reborn baby doll into our nursery. Click here to see her! And we are thrilled to have this guest blog article written by her artist. We hope you enjoy reading about her unique craft of reborning!

By Kristina Backoefer, Professional Reborn Artist at Twinkle Toes NurseryInstagram: rebornartkristinab

My love for dolls started when I was a little girl, I had two very special Lee Middleton Dolls. One day I came across a reborn doll, its realistic look just amazed me. Eventually I purchased a reborn doll for myself. Shortly thereafter that I was inspired to try and reborn a baby doll myself. I never imagined that what I thought was going to be a hobby turned into a career. I have been making reborn dolls for five years now and I have just finished my 196th reborn baby doll! My reborning business keeps growing and I keep imagining new ideas for each baby doll. I love creating and making people happy with my creations. Whenever I see someone open a reborn I created, their smile is priceless to me.

Each new doll starts with my imagination; what should each one will look like, what should the theme of outfits be? The ideas that swirl in my head when I am getting started are endless and every reborn is from my heart with love. I am very particular about the details and spend a great deal of time looking for just the right sculpts, I like to find them with a lot of creases in the skin. The perfect soft body is essential, the proportions have to be perfect. Some of the early kits with older sculpts, don’t have as many details in the sculpt itself or their limbs are not proportionate to the head. There have been times when I have switched out limbs and heads to make a better match. In the end, all my babies are created with love and must pass my high standards as a “dream reborn baby”.

The first step in working on a new baby is “bathing the baby”, which is actually cleaning the vinyl before getting started. Once we have the perfect “canvas” painting is next. There are many steps to painting the layers on each baby. I start with veining, neutralizing, warmth, blush, blue depths and many more which I refer to as my “secret recipe”. I love to help others whenever I can with any painting tips, but I do go so far to give out my secret recipe. Simply, every artist has their own technique for painting which is what makes baby reborn baby a one-of-a-kind.

I have a fairly consistent style of painting now so it is difficult when the customer with a custom order wants the baby’s mottling or blushing to be a certain way. I prefer to be creative with freestyle of painting, so I try to balance out my projects having at least one ‘freestyle’ baby between my custom reborn babies. The freestyle babies give me the freedom to express my creativity naturally while custom order babies push me out of my comfort zone to try new things. I am always working on mastering new skills. Here’s a list of my favorite supplies:

  1. Heat Set Paints, for a carefully shaded nose
  2. Genesis Heat Set Painted Hair or rooted hair using premium mohair by Delta Dawn. When their hair is rooted by hand it is sealed on the inside to allow their new mommy to gently comb and style it.
  3. German Lauscher Human Glass eyes are just beautiful when creating an open-eyed baby.
  4. To fill and weight each baby’s body I use enclosed Premium Glass Beads and Hypo-allergenic Poly Fill, it makes them so cute and great to cuddle.
  5. Limbs are also filled with Premium Glass Beads and topped off with the Hypo-allergenic Poly Fill.
  6. Just like a real newborn baby you will need to support their head while holding.
  7. Occasionally strong magnets are used in the babies for hair bows or pacifiers. In this case people with pacemakers should not be around them.
  8. Reborn babies are for collectors and not recommended for children under 14.

A great deal of creativity, hard work, love and dedication is put into each one-of-a-kind reborn baby doll. The reborn community of artists, techniques and styles is always evolving. New collectors and doll enthusiasts are always amazed at the artistry of it all. I am thrilled to be a part of this community and to have found something I truly love doing. It brings me joy to see how my art brings happiness to others.

#reborndolls #reborning #realisticbabydolls #twinkletoesnursery #dollaboutyou