Now I own two old nesting dolls. The first one was in too good shape for me to be able to sand it down and repaint it. The other is not.
But - as time has passed since the last time, and I haven't decided yet anything, here's a bit more inspiration on how to repaint nesting dolls (or maatuskas as we call them in Finland)
Irina Troitskaya's arctic series... I love ALL her sets.
I somehow like the simple white decor... like with these, by Abbey Hendrickson
There is something I like with these "nesting birdies" by Christo de los Rabitos
It's from his Deviant Art account that is inactivated. :-(
The following three are by "The Colorful World" at Etsy.com. I love them :-)
Or these monsters, from Matryoshka Madness. Simple and nice :-D
I don't think I'll make something like that anyway.
But - the original Russian nesting dolls have some charm... They are kind of personal and have nice colors.
Somehow reminds me of Inner Content's dolls...