2015 Enchanted Doll Birthday Contest

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After a year off, the birthday contest is BACK!

This will be the 5th contest that I’ve held, going all the way back to 2009. Seems just the other day I was getting strange looks from my mailman as he delivered yet another stack of post cards. Before we get into the details of this year’s contest, lets take a quick look at the previous years:

2008-2009Random draw. When I held the first contest in 2008 it was simply “sign up to win”. All you had to do was create an account on the Enchanted forum (a great forum created by ED fans for ED fans) and make at least one post to be eligible. This saw a boom in the forum activity for the month of March, and hopefully a few new members stuck around a bit longer. The contest was announced in 2008 and the doll was awarded on March 16th, 2009.

2010Birthday Gifts. After the first year I decided to mix it up. Anyone can fill out a form and enter a contest, but for 2010 I wanted to put people to work. The contest that I came up with was a “gift for a gift” (I never really came up with a proper title). Entrants had to create something and send it to me. I wanted it to be open to as many skillsets as possible so I didn’t limit it to drawings or paintings or anything particular, it just had to be something you made that you sent to me. Well, I received a wide range of gift, including embroiderya sculpture of me and Chad, and even a full Imperial Concubine Costume. You can see all the amazing entries here.

2011Design a Doll, Win a Doll. After an overwhelming response in 2010, I wanted to focus the entries into a common theme. The contest was to design a doll. Come up with a concept for a doll, and the one that I found most interesting would win. This way people didn’t need to mail anything, as all the entries were digital. There were so many different doll ideas being submitted: Warriors, Goddesses, Oracles, Violinists,  and many many more. It was great to see all the ideas people were coming up with.

2012 – No Contest. I turned 30 that year, but that had nothing to do with the contest being postponed.

2013Wanderlust. One of my favourite things after dolls, is traveling. For this contest entries were in the form of a post card.  The point of the card was to inspire the craving for travel. An image, handmade or found, that when looked upon made one want to drop everything and travel to that location immediately.  There were hundreds of entries from all over the world. You can see the top 50 here. I wish I had the time to go to every place depicted on the cards. Unlike the 2010 contest where people had to find ways to ship objects from all over the world, this year’s contest struck a balance of physical medium that can be easily sent through the mail. And who doesn’t love receiving post cards from exotic locations? Our mailman was impressed with all the international friends that we had as he’d hand over stack after stack of post cards every day.

2014 – Another year without a contest. Sometimes you can get overwhelmed with deadlines and time slips away. I always feel bad about that. I said 2014 was

2015 – ….


For this year, the contest is to design a tattoo for an Enchanted Doll.

I’ve been tattooing dolls for some time now, but now it’s your turn! Is the tattoo a stand alone design? Is it part of a bigger concept/costume? Is it part of a series? These are just some questions to help get the creative juices flowing. Remember, the tattoo is for an Enchanted Doll, it should fit with the aesthetics of the doll. Don’t let the size of the doll limit your designs, remember there is a large Enchanted Doll out there with plenty of porcelain to play with.

Your designs must be original artworks – no plagiarism, please! The tattoos can be sketched, painted, photoshopped onto existing dolls, any way you need to render it, as long as you can send me a digital image of it. If your design requires a short description (less than 200 words), please include it in the email. I am the sole judge, and will pick the winner. All the entries will be posted for public viewing. Any entry found to be plagiarizing another work, will be disqualified from this and all future ED contests, because plagiarism is a hurtful and dishonourable crime and I despise it.

Entries need to be size appropriate for emails and submitted to contests@enchanteddoll.com. If you have an attachment that is too large, add a link in the email to where it can be viewed/downloaded online.

Entries need to be submitted by March 13th, winner will be announced on March 16th. One entry per person (a tattoo series is considered one entry).


Grand Prize: A Resin Enchanted Doll.


Good luck everyone.

– Marina


59 Responses

  1. Nada says:

    This sounds great though I have no idea of now! Thank you for another contest!

  2. Els says:

    Wow, that’s a really cool concept for a contest. I love it. I’ll definitely try to enter something.

  3. Lynne says:

    Fabulous!!!!! I’m excited xxx

  4. noxy says:

    eeeep! Time to get to thinking!!

  5. Phoenix says:

    Dear Marina,

    thank you for your generousity :-) I can not wait to see all the beautiful entrys :-)))

  6. Erafine says:

    OOOH Great idea!!! I’m ready to creat something :D

  7. Sylvia Leticia says:

    Some ideas are circling my mind now :-}

    Thanks so much Marina!!!!!

  8. Loonaki says:

    Thank you so much for this! I was really hoping for a contest this year.
    I’ll try my best. :)

  9. Christine says:

    21 days yikes……Marina can you write me a note of absence for my boss……Need time off. OMG ok lets sharpen the pencils…..:)

  10. Jill Jackson says:

    Cool idea, Marina! Not only will the tattoos be beautiful, but knowing how talented some of the members are on this group, I’m betting most of the tattoos will have very interesting stories behind them as well.

  11. Wenwen says:

    Too bad I can’t draw

  12. MN says:

    Do we have to show our tattoo design on a doll or can we just send the tattoo design?

  13. Kiersten says:

    YAY! New contest! it’s so exciting! Thank you so much for the opportunity! It’s always exciting to work on something for your birhtday and see all the entries.
    I’m brainstorming and have a question. If we come up with an idea for a tatto design, but it also has other elements to the doll, like costuming to assist the theme of the tattoo, or certain accessories- is that acceptable? Or are you specifically just wanting tattoo design only?
    Thank you!!

    • Marina says:

      Yes! You can incorporate any other element into your design, but the tattoo will be primary feature being judged. The costuming should be supplemental to the tattoo, meaning it’s not just an amazing costumed doll that also happens to have a tattoo.

      Does that make sense?

  14. I’m so excited, oh boy, but is so close to my due date i hope i can participate.

  15. Jerry says:

    Just wondering if there are any color limitations for the submissions? ^_^ Sorry about the question, but I would like to know if there are any guidelines for colors? And it’s awesome I can go super detailed about it since there is the large doll to work with. :D Thank you and I look forward to more of your magnificent work! <3

  16. Gabe says:

    Oh my gosh, how wonderful! I’m so excited!

  17. Sugar says:

    Aaw, how nice of you to make a contest ! and the prize is amazing *___* too bad I can’t participate, I’m not an artist and I just suck at drawing, and I don’t have any idea on how to design a tatoo for a doll >< Anyway, I can't wait to see the result !

  18. Amal says:

    Oh YEAH!!! This is going to be fantastic!! – Thank you so much for doing this again for us, Marina! I definitely want to take part – this is just the kind of project that I needed to do for fun :)))))

  19. Niiv says:

    Wooow this is such an amazing idea for a contest! I love it!

  20. Annina says:

    Ah I can just feel the inspiration circling all through the ED fan community, thank you for holding the contest again and I love the theme. And off to sketching down those swirling ideas!

  21. Manu says:

    I really love that idea, i’m a big fan of your dolls with tatoo all the details that you put is so amazing one of my favorite is the Mermaid.
    Thank you Marina, i have some designs in my mind for the participation !!!

  22. Evelina says:

    Thank you for keeping the birthday contest again Marina. It is also good to see this time the entry has to be made via email – saves from worrying that the letter would be lost in the post!

  23. MN says:

    By tattoo series, do you mean multiple tattoos on the same doll or multiple relating to one another but on different dolls?

    • Marina says:

      It can be a series of related tattoos, like a theme of 8 dolls with tattoos based on the planets (sorry Pluto). You might think this gives an advantage by having more entries, but the series will be judged as a whole, so the series is only as strong as it’s weakest design.

  24. Carolyn says:

    Thank you for hosting this. What a wonderful challenge!

  25. cha hof says:

    I dream the reward.I try to enter this contest as i can.I’m not pro artist,I can draw a bit. crossfinger! friends of E.D fans no harm in trying right? join now, thankyou marina for this challenge.

  26. Outis says:

    Hi! Can we send more drawings about the same project? For example the front and the back of the doll?

    • Marina says:

      Yes. Send as much as you need to convey the design. Just remember, quality over quantity. Self editing is an important skillset for an artist.

  27. Sylwia says:

    Hi :)

    I have a question (sorry for my English). Can one entry include a tattoo design for a set of dolls? I mean, I imagine a set of three dolls, which are strongly related and they are the one, and it makes sense for the project. Would it be ok for one entry?

  28. Silver says:

    This is exciting! Is it okay to submit several images for one design, i.e. different angles of the tattoo on the body? Also, can the tattoo be quite explicitly inspired by existing literature, such as a fairytale?

    • Marina says:

      Yes and yes. Different perspectives are okay, since tattoos are on a body and not a flat canvas they often require multiple angles to fully capture it (especially with designs that go around limbs). For the second part, being inspired is fine, pasting an existing image of a character onto the doll’s body is not.

  29. Lazhielle says:

    Can I draw two different tattoos which isn’t exactly related to one another but still sort of based on fantasy? But totally different subject matters?

  30. Eli says:

    I did not like the prize doll, she is so ugly.

  31. Gerard says:

    Very much interested in this concept! Such a unique approach too I might add. I already have an idea of what I’m going to do and it’s just a matter of finding the time to draw.

  32. Elena Kurtik says:

    What a interesting theme of contest! But tell me please, can I make tattoo on, for example, my 16″ Fashion doll by Dollmore company, photograph and send the photo?

  33. Hi Marina: and I have my tattoo drawn, but either find photos of your wrists back they no longer have a tattoo, serious kindly porporcionar a link to picture of one of your dolls with her hair in front and back for easy work. Thank You !!!

  34. Maia says:

    Oh my goodness, I’m so late! Just saw this last night! Quick question for Marina: This may be a silly question but I just want to be sure. Your rules say “The tattoos can be sketched, painted, photoshopped onto existing dolls…”. By “existing dolls” does that mean I can use an actual photo from your gallery or blog of one of your dolls to sketch and/or paint and/or photoshop, etc. my work onto it (instead of trying to draw a doll)? Just want to be sure!

  35. sarah e says:

    So exciting! And timely! I was just thinking of what tattoos would look the most awesome on my dolls- now there is terrific inspiration!

  36. signe says:

    My heart ships a beat with just the thought of winning a doll. And then my mind starts racing with ideas. The spark of creativity lights up and keeps me up all night!
    So thank you Marina for doing the contest. You should not for a second feel bad about not doing it every year.

  37. Kait C says:

    Thank you again for another wonderful opportunity to win a beautiful doll, from one March b-day girl to another! My entry is almost complete. I was wondering, will you be replying to the emails to let us know you got them (just incase it doesn’t arrive for some reason)? Thank you. :) I absolutely love the contest theme this year!

  38. schizandra says:

    Marina –

    Do we have a time deadline on the 13th? As in, by 10:00 pm EST or anything like that?

    • Giulia says:

      I would like to know this too. :)

      • Reem says:

        I would like to know as well!
        The 13th is my birthday, and this may or may not cause a delay for me, and usually time deadlines usually add another day for me, because I live on the other side of the world :P
        Please deliver, Marina! :)

        • schizandra says:

          It seems she’s busy. Probably sorting through the entries she’s already gotten! I’m myst going to get it done tonight and submit tonight/early tomorrow just in case.

    • Marina says:

      Anytime up until 11:59pm on the 13th.

      • schizandra says:

        Sent! I’m so excited! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. I know only first place gets a prize, but will you be naming 2nd and 3rd place and runners up, Marina?

  39. cha hof says:

    Marina happy happy birthday today and thankyou once again for the 5th contest .this gives me a lot of excitement that now i can sleep good. I send my sketchess at the above mention email, hope it does not lost. here is my link in fb , Cha hof fb gallery

  40. Zia Turpin says:

    Happy birthday Marina ! Thanks for the contest :)

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  42. Andi says:

    Hope there will be a contest for 2016!!

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