Handcrafted painted Mannequin Head by Violinkit. See how below........
So I've been wanting to create something like this porcelain-like head for quite some time. My reason is mainly to showcase my many vintage hats that will be for sale shortly in my New Shop.
I used a polystyrene (Aeroboard) head and layered it with about 6 sheets of tissue paper to create a fine paper mache effect. I used wall - paper paste to do this but any acrylic glue mixed with a little water will do. The paper mache also has the double effect of making the head a little heavier and therefore more durable.
When completely dry I then applied three coats of Acrylic white paint drying each coat between layers. I then used flesh coloured acrylic paint to subtly colour the cheek area and planned my over-all look for the head. I used black acrylic for the hair giving her a vintage 1920's/30's look. The eyes and eye lashes are exaggerated to give a high octane vibe. Lastly I used a vintage red to give her that classic red pout.
Last but not least I used a high gloss Acrylic varnish and applied about 3-4 coats drying in between. I did this outside which is very important for a healthier application . The high gloss option gives the head a porcelain finish with the added advantage of the lightness of the polystyrene.