I think your paint thinner may actually be the culprit. A thinner that dries too fast will become chalky before you can pounce it off. Mona Lisa is notorious for that and many reborn artists have stopped using that brand for that reason.
Bob Ross is a great, slow drying thinner that works well with the Genesis.
Another trick: try mixing your paint in a few ounces of Bob Ross thinner in an air tight jar. Add a drop (really, just one!) of Linseed Oil. Mix carefully and cap when not in use. Make sure you work in a well ventilated area, it's stinky stuff.
Between the slow-drying thinner and the Linseed Oil, your dolls should be chalkiness free!
So, you bought the Bountiful Baby Beginner's Paint Set and the Genesis 5 Basic Colors Set. Now you're good to go, right? Probably. However, if you need to neutralize your vinyl, like blending your own colors or are working on an advanced Ethnic, African-American or Bi-Racial reborn doll, there are a few more paints you need to grab.
Peachy Keen adds beautiful rosy and golden undertones to the lifelike baby doll. It's great for all your complexion layers and base coat! You can fine tune this recipe to your taste!
All you need is Flesh 08, Genesis Red and Raw Sienna!
Use these four colors over and over again to create lifelike baby nails on all of your reborn dolls!
Mottling is the process of adding multi-colored layers of delicate patterns to create the appearance of blood flowing under baby’s skin. I put a lot of care into creating my mottling sponges because I reuse them over and over again to create gorgeous skin texture on my lifelike baby dolls.
There are a variety of suitable materials for mottling sponges, including sea sponges and bath sponges. I prefer to work with a firm cosmetic wedge which gives me more control over the pattern and more consistent results.
Learn more about mottling and the entire reborning process on the Reborn with Me! Playlist! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z9y0vcdeO0&list=PLY0D7_fO0RBeErTy6k83PKTKFLXYtME1Q
I've been getting a lot of questions about Dewy Skin, so I decided to try it out!
Dewy Skin medium, by Precious Little Baby Dust, is a heat-set medium that can be used to seal the paint, create lifelike skin texture and sheen for glowing baby skin.
Through my tests, I found that it works fine for all of these purposes.
- Add time (not heat) for a proper cure. 15 minutes at 250 F works well for me.
- Bake while wet for sheen. Let it dry then bake for matte.
- I forgot to cure a piece and left it over night. It turned white like matte varnish would, but did bake clear.
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Picture this: You've been reborning your doll kit for weeks, meticulously adding one layer of paint to the other until your doll looks just like a real baby. When you're all done, you decide to protect all your hard work with the Genesis Heat Set Matte Varnish, just like the tutorial told you to. You take a break, come back to inspect your work and find your baby frozen in white matte varnish crisps. Hours of work ruined! What are you going to do??! Click "Read More" to find out!
Separate your dolls from the rest with perfect reborn baby eyebrows! Whether you paint or root your eyebrows, this demo is for you!
This video will show you how to create beautiful lifelike skin texture on your reborn baby doll using Matte Varnish and Genesis Heat Set Colors.
The complexion layers are done, the blushing is set and now we're ready to start painting those tiny baby details.
Sweet spots add extra rosiness to those super cute areas. Warm cheeks and rosy toes create a doll that your client will not be able to put down!
Blushing goes a long way in the process of bringing a doll to life. However, it can be challenging to know just where are how to blush your doll for maximum realism. This tutorial goes into detail on how to do just that!
Creases done well can separate a good doll from a great doll...
With the complexion layers complete, we're now ready to start blushing! Blushing is one of my favorite reborning steps. It warms the skin and brings out all those cute little baby details.
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!
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!
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.