Before beginning the complexion layers, I wanted to add one more layer of Flesh 08 to make the mottling even more subtle. I love how the veins and mottling make the skin look so real.
The sixth layer of paint was the first layer of Flesh 03 - a nice golden brown color.
We did two coats of that tonight and his skin tone is looking very nice. I'm still going to add a few more layers to reach the level "darkness" his mom specified. More to come!
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.
Today we begin a Portrait Doll of Zachary Jones. Over the course of the next few months, we will gradually transform Donna RuBert's Kitten sculpt into a gorgeous little bi-racial boy.
As always, I began with a thorough inspection of the vinyl parts to ensure they were free of factory defects.
Then we went outside and took the before photos pictured here. Unfortunately, Zachary doesn't look much like anyone in particular right now. But stay tuned as we transform this doll into a baby!
Once the before pictures were complete, Zachary had his first bubble bath. I carefully scrub all the vinyl parts to ensure that they are free from factory grease, oils from my hands and any other debris that could interfere with the painting. After a thorough lather and rise, he was then wiped down with alcohol to remove any remaining residue. I gave him the rest of the night to rest and dry - for tomorrow we paint!
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.