Reborning is the process of carefully adding multiple transparent layers of paint to create a lifelike skin tone.
I always begin my babies with a base coat of Flesh 08. Even though Zachary will be a light-brown baby, he starts out with Caucasian flesh tones. After all, we're all the same on the inside, right? Once the base coat has been set and cured, Zachary is ready for the mottling and veining layers.
Mottling and Veining
This part of the process truly creates the appearance of blood flowing under the skin.
I use sponges that I patterned by hand to create layers of red, blue, purple and green mottling. Toddlers typically are not as mottled as newborns, so I did not do all six layers - just enough for the blood flow look.
Once all the mottling layers have been cured, I hand paint tiny veins in the head, arms and legs for a lifelike look. Don't worry, he'll lose the Frankenstein look as we add more flesh tones. :)
When everything under the skin looks good, we're ready to start building up the flesh tones.
Reborn Doll Babies
Reborn Doll Artist
Hi! My name is Kim. I am a reborn artist based in NC. I have been creating dolls since I was a child. I discovered the art of life-like baby dolls in 2011 and have been reborning ever since.