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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Old Izannah Walker Doll.........uncovered and back to how she used to look.

I got a little sidetracked today.  I was asked what to do about an old Izannah Walker doll that had been badly repainted many many years I set to and uncovered her original face to see what she looked like before someone fancied themselves to be an artist.  Below you will see the before and after.  Of course I have the permission of the owner to share these photos just so you can also enjoy how charming she really was before the thick over paint! 
It is my belief that many years ago people took it upon themselves to repaint Izannahs perhaps to give to a child because they really could not afford a new doll....or perhaps they thought with all the paint loss and crackling that it would look better with a fresh new look..........or perhaps they wanted to pass down an old timeworn doll to a family member.  In any event, Please do not over paint an Izannah Walker doll.  They are so charming and wonderful just left as they are and they truly tell their own story by the love and wear that they have on their faces and bodies............after all, dolls were and are to be played with and loved for what they are.

Here she was BEFORE I removed the over-paint...................
 Here she is AFTER the over paint was removed. 

If you have an old Izannah Walker doll for sale, please let me know, I am interested in buying old Izannah Walker dolls in any condition. 
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Two Sisters Studios said...

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing this revelation. She looks so much better without the overpaint. Your work is amazing! - Lynn Murray

sewprimitive karen said...

You did such a good job, she looks so much better without that awful overpainting.

Sherri Farley said...

Amazing, what a difference. I have no idea how you managed that..truly a talent!

Christine LeFever said...

I too had no idea you were able to restore the old painted dolls. You never fail to amaze me! She is wonderful now that you have restored her!

Mary said...

Your dolls are simply breathtaking!