The painted exterior is normally hand done, though I'm certain there are some really cheaply done factory-mades, too. The designs tend to be brightly colored, using Russian traditional designs and flowers. For my drawings, I found that this shape lends itself to Zentangle type designs, and so I incorporated some of those, along with some flowers. I decided that, even when doing a drawing of a "set," my designs and faces could be all different, rather than smaller versions of the larger one. It's just so much more fun! So I have blondes, brunettes and even an Asian little girl in one set. I don't have to be traditional!
Here is my very first one: