We've finished and cured the Mottling, Veining and Blue Shading layers, we're done with everything needed to create the illusion of blood flowing under the skin. Now its time to add some skin!
Of all the reborning steps, blue shading is the most difficult to explain. But it adds such richness and dimension to the baby doll, that I at least have to try!
Once you're satisfied with the mottling and the veins, blue shading is the last "under the skin" step before we add the complexion layers...
Before turning a doll into a lifelike reborn baby doll, we need to make sure that our canvass is a nice neutral color. Depending on the manufacturer, the vinyl you receive may be a little too orange or too pink for your purposes.
Read more to learn how the color wheel will help you neutralize your vinyl.
Mottling is one of my favorite reborning steps. This is where the doll really starts to look like a real baby!
Few tutorials will tell you to paint a base coat on your doll kit. But it is certainly worth the time you'll spend doing it!
Before you paint, you've got to be sure that the vinyl is free of dust, dirt, oil and debris as this can interfere with your painting.
Before beginning the reborning process, we need to take care of a few things...
You're invited to Reborn with Me! Join me as we walk step-by-step through the process of turning a Bountiful Baby Realborn (R) Asher Awake into a lifelike Portrait Baby Doll!
I get a lot of questions about how I achieve such beautiful biracial and African American skin tones on my lifelike baby dolls. I learned from the best and now you can too!
In the AA Reborn Painting Tutorial by Kate Charles, you'll find the information you need to create gorgeously lifelike reborn dolls with a wide range of rich complexions!
Have you ever wanted to add little elf ears or fangs to your reborn baby doll?
That urge hasn't struck me just yet, but like you, I need a sculpting medium that will allow me to make tiny tweaks to vinyl reborn doll kits. If I could tweak an eyelid, or fill in a clef chin, my portrait dolls would look significantly more like the children they represent. So, which medium is it going to be?
This is the story of how one trip to Michael's changed my life. At least it changed how to do skin texturing. LOL
Thanks to this nifty contraption called a "Foam Stipler," I can now seal and texture my dolls' skin faster and more consistently.
This lesson is a follow-up to Sealing and Texturing Baby Skin.
Hi! I am Kim. I've been creating dolls all my life. I started stuffing cotton balls into my mom's pantyhose when I was a little girl. Now I hand-craft dolls that look and feel like real babies.