Happy Easter!

Hello my dear Friends and Followers,

I would like to take the opportunity and wish you

a very Happy Easter 

during this wonderful, Spring-filled time of the year!

With everything around waking up, coming to life and blossoming, it is really heart-warming to watch the world outside my studio.

I have a new amazing project to announce very shortly… Stay tuned! 🙂

Meanwhile, here’s a little teaser and something to prepare you for the excitement coming- once again


my dear Easter Bunnies,

from myself and Lidia Snul of BJtales!!!

Our new joined project: BJtales NIFER!

BJtales Nifer, Easter 2014, sculpted by BJtales, painted and styled by Lightpainted Doll

BJtales Nifer, Easter 2014, sculpted by BJtales, painted and styled by Lightpainted Doll

More info to follow shortly…

Third place for Lightpainted Doll in Popovy Sisters’ competition

Third place for Lightpainted Doll in Popovy Sisters‘ competition, yay!!!

Congrats to all winners and especially to Kasia Nowak for winning the special prize, we think Kasia’s work is fantastic!

Big thank you to Popovy Sis and Igor for organising and running of this contest, it was a lot of fun and some wonderful entries! What a joy to behold!

Here’s more photos from this series:


Popovy Magpie by Lightpainted Doll- 3rd place in the Popovy Sisters competition! Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 18.14.04

Merry Christmas!

Dear Friends and Fans of Lightpainted Dolls,

A lot of things have happened this year and the vast majority of them- great. 

I am grateful to all of you for the amazing support and following! Thank you for what I could learn from you, for the inspiration you have provided me with and for the love I could see and feel every time one of your received my doll! This means the world to me and your words prove that it is all worth it every time I get a wonderful email from you. 

Therefore I want to thank you very much again- 

for another wonderful year,

for all your kindness,

for everlasting support,

and for making my life the dream life I always wanted to live- a life, in which my art work is the most important thing (or one of them) and where the dolls I make bring you as much joy as they bring me!

For the continuing love of dolls and doll making!!!

Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year 2014!!!

With love,



Merry Christmas from Lightpainted Doll!

Merry Christmas from Lightpainted Doll!

Talking about the weather…

I find it quite funny how the Brits like talking about the weather… I don’t like small talk, so I will never understand it. I will, however, talk about the weather myself now!

'St. Jude' storm in Newhaven, UK- October 2013

Newhaven storm- October 2013. Life boat searching for a 14-year old boy. He still has not been found. Extremely sad news. Photo by Paul Appleton.

'St. Jude' storm in Newhaven, UK- October 2013. Photo by Paul1766 on flickr.

‘St. Jude’ storm in Newhaven, UK- October 2013. Photo by Paul1766 on flickr.

This is where we live. Well, 10 mins walk from the sea.

To all our concerned Friends and Family: we are fine, thanks a lot guys.

Unfortunately, as Yahoo News reported:

“By yesterday morning, a coastal storm driven by massive wind gusts along Britain and western Europe killed at least 13. Local London media reported gusts in excess of 100 miles per hour (about 160 km per hour) chewed up trees and flooded streets far inland.”
I am hiding in my studio… I can assure you, however, that even just the sound of the wind is terrifying.


I feel very touched today.

A while ago, one of my clients told me something about my name, which I was unaware of. I’ve read and heard many things about the meaning of my name but somehow missed the one that’s the most important and probably most true, and definitely the most relevant one to me.

‪#‎Ilona‬ is a Magyar (Hungarian) name, which is the traditional name of the Queen of ‪#‎Faeries‬ in Magyar folklore. And what are my dolls, if not tiny magical being from the realm of fays? 

And today I’ve received a poem from one of my happy clients, who is delighted with her own little Fairy of ‪#‎LightpaintedDoll‬. This is what the client, Polina, wrote:

Здравствуйте Илона.

Сегодня приехала куколка! О, она восхитительна! какая нежная! красивая! я думала будет просто куколка, а она ещё в образе сказочной феи. вы просто волшебница! спасибо вам большое за неё! завтра же пойду в лес её фотографировать)))

а ещё я хочу отправить вам вот этот стих, он про вас!

Фея знала своё дело,
И, летая в небесах,
Днём и ночью, то и дело
Совершая чудеса.
Фея кукол создавала,
Мастерила, колдовала,
Всё чего она касалась,
Оживало, просыпалось.
И в её руках послушно,
Обретали куклы души.
Ведь у кукол судьбы тоже,
С человеческими схожи.
А потом свои трофеи
Раздавала людям фея.
Потому что это средство,
Чтобы вечно помнить детство.


Желаю вам творческих успехов, вдохновения и всего самого наилучшего! спасибо вам Огромное!


What a lovely poem! What a beautiful email to receive in the morning, at the beginning of a day!

I am a very happy ‪#‎Fairy‬ Mother living in a dream-like kingdom…  

Who would have thought…!! 


Welcome Ilona.

The doll came today! Oh, she’s adorable! What a sweetheart! Beautiful! I thought it would be just a doll, but she is also in the form of a fairy being! You just a Fairy Wizardess!! Thank you very much for her! Tomorrow I shall go to the forest to photograph her.   

And I want to send you this poem, it is about you!

A Fairy knew her work
Flying in the sky,
Day and night, from time to time,
Performing miracles.
She created fairy dolls,
Conjured magical beings,
Everything she touched,
Came to life, woke up.
In her hands obediently
A Doll acquired a soul.
After all, dolls depends on fate,
Just like humans.
And then she handed out her trophies
to the Realm of the Fay People,
Because this is a means,
To always remember one’s childhood.

L. Rubalskaya

I wish you every success, inspiration, and all the best! Thank you very much!




Lightpainted Fairy

Fairy sparkles

LD Fairy

Exhibition in St Petersburg- “Time of Dolls” (“Время кукол”)

Сайт на русском языке:


I am here again… St Petersburg- probably my favourite city in the world. Beautiful, spacious, with a lot of canals, gorgeous architecture, museums, and luckily for me- fantastic weather!

This is my second stay in St Petersburg and both times the weather amazed me. After endless months of cold in England, Russia (not?) surprisingly welcomes me with warmth once more.

I have been kindly invited by Lidia Snul of BJtales to join one of the biggest doll exhibitions there are in the centre of St Petersburg. I have enjoyed it greatly, met other doll artists, collectors and doll enthusiasts. Wonderful experience.

The exhibition is open until the 3rd of June, so those working during the week can visit and enjoy this great event over the weekend.

I will post more photos soon but here a few for now, taken with my phone.










One of the many articles available on line about this exhibition (Dolltime 11):

http://www.manege.spb.ru/exhibitions/2013/05/29/id128/ (in Russian)

Say NO to recast (illegal reproduction) of artist dolls!


Today I have some bad and good news.

You may have heard or seen posts about it on Facebook or Twitter. The bad news is that there are people who have no shame and steal ideas and profits from hard-working doll artists! Those companies acquire artist’s original (ball jointed) dolls, copy them by making moulds and recasting, and eventually sell the illegal reproductions as their own creations.

This blatant robbery affects many, many artists all over the world, who often spend weeks, months, even years, creating an original doll design and executing it. It is most unfair that doll artists (or any artists) would have their work stolen this way and be robbed of profits, which rightfully belong ONLY to them!

Doll artists very often find it difficult to have enough money to live of their work, so it is incredibly cruel to impose even more financial difficulties on them. Everyone, regardless of the field they work in, deserves to have their ideas credited as their own and concepts acknowledged as their intellectual property. Mistakes happen, of course, as the law might be hard to follow in its every aspect. However, I believe that it is very easy to understand that if a person (or company) copies someone else’s design, reproduces it, and sells as their own- that is nothing else but THEFT.

Not to mention something incredibly important! THE QUALITY of counterfeit is never close to the original!!! Poor replicas and stolen designs are 99% of the time of very low quality, which can discourage both new and long-term collectors from their wonderful hobby!

I personally cannot discourage you from buying counterfeits, as it is your choice.

Lightpainted Dolls’ quality speaks for itself and my clients and doll collectors appreciate it. They want the best they can get. 

If you buy recast dolls, you pay for inferior quality, bad technology, and a low quality resin, which very often is not even polyurethane but polyester (a much cheaper, poor version of resin, which is a bad choice for ball jointed dolls). The posing of those dolls is usually appalling, if not impossible, the resin- far less durable and unpleasant to the touch (especially in comparison with the original!). 

Buy a recast doll and you will find out the hard way.

I believe that you deserve the best!

Don’t you?

Besides, does it really feel good to sponsor theft? If you buy recast dolls, you are effectively destroying this wonderful hobby and art form. 


The good news is that there is someone who is working really hard to help doll artists just out of the kindness of their heart. In fact, many wonderful people are already involved in this project!

Everyone helping to fight illegal reproduction and all doll artists could really use your help!

We can all contribute to fighting recasting companies by spotting recast dolls and reporting them to ebay, Paypal and/or any other relevant body. They are not oblivious to the fact that some companies copy other people’s works and sell them as their own!

That practice is illegal and neither eBay, nor Paypal (or  any other genuine company!) will want to take part or support theft of any kind!!!



It’s easy!

Below is a form to fill out. You can copy and paste it. Remove the explanations and put in the necessary information.

One of the biggest issues Paypal and eBay have is our language in the BJD world.

Much of what we understand is totally foreign to them. They cannot help if they have no way of knowing what we are referring to. So please avoid collectors specialist language or expect eBay or Paypal teams to know where to look for evidence, such as original photos stolen of the artist’s website etc.

Providing examples will quickly help them understand why an auction is selling counterfeits (on eBay, for instance, but it can be any website).


FORM TO REPORT COUNTERFEIT (to eBay/Paypal/Etsy etc.)please delete the statements written here in green and provide the relevant information. Thank you.

Reporting Type : Counterfeit, recast, illegal reproduction, stolen photos… (pick one or write your own, understandable for everyone, SHORT DESCRIPTION)

Why is it… (recast, illegal reproduction, stolen photos)? Here explain in detail why this is counterfeit, so that eBay and Paypal understand. Explain about the price difference from the original (recast dolls are usually much cheaper), use original company photos, include the artist’s website address. Include things said in the auction’s description, such as: “Cannot be shown on Den of Angels” (explain what DoA is) etc… Use anything you can say to make them understand!

Website Address: Here put the URL of the eBay auction or the website selling counterfeit dolls, which uses Paypal as their payment method. We can report those too!!!

Supporting Documentation:
Here write the website address of the original company. Try to give the URL that has a photograph of the doll listed on eBay/Etsy/someone’s website.


You can also  send an email here or here.

The report/information will be forwarded to the risk and fraud people at relevant bodies (such as Paypal).




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