Note: This method works really well for rabbit and bear eyes, too. 🙂
In this video I show you how I paint dog eyes on paper mache sculptures.
I use Golden Soft Gel between all the layers in this version. For smaller sculptures you can simplify the process a bit more by leaving off the gel layers, and the eyes will still come out very nice. I didn’t use the gel on most of the eyes on my baby animal dolls, for instance, because the eyes were much smaller than the one in this video, so they didn’t need so much detail.
I like to use the gel because the transparent acrylic colors pool into interesting patterns, caused by the brush marks in the gel layer. You’ll see what I mean if you give it a try. Eyes are never all one flat color, and the variations and random patterns help to make the eyes look more realistic, without needing a magnifying glass and a tiny brush to painstakingly paint each one.