In Step 5, we discussed the painting process for the doll as a whole. When painting the doll body and its various parts, we did not give any attention to the creases of the doll face, arms or legs. In Step 6, we will remedy the situation by taking care of all those tricky parts in such a manner as to give the doll real life resemblance. For example, the fingers of newborn baby dolls, when held together, do not give the same skin tone as the rest of the hand. They tend to look darker as they prevent light from penetrating. To achieve this effect, we need a special mix of colors as well as some fine brushes.
List of Supplies Needed
Gather the following before anything else:
- Genesis Heat Paint, Aubergine color
- Mixing Bowl
- Half inch mop and pointed brushes
- Cosmetic wedges
Mixing in the Paint
Just like we’ve been doing before, try to maintain a thin consistency of the paint when mixing. Remember that the color resulting from the mix should not be too dark. It should be some sort of Crimson red while the consistency should not be too thin. If you’re not too sure whether you have the right consistency, run a line on the mixing bowl surface using the half inch mop brush and check if it holds the line or spreads. If the line looks too concentrated, then thin it a bit more. If it spreads, then you need to increase its consistency. This is the same kind of consistency required for the veining procedure that we will deal with in the next article. So practice with it, as you know that practice makes perfect.
Doing the Creases of Your Newborn Baby Dolls
Now that you’re ready to get started, begin with the creases of the hands, and the area between the fingers to be more precise. Apply a thin smear on the webbing that separates the fingers, then use a one inch mop brush or a cosmetic wedge to dab it so that it takes an even consistency over the surface. Your aim should not be to get thin fine lines but rather a smudged thin layer of darkened area. Once you’re done, do the same with the creases on the palms. Run the pointed brush along the lengthy creases and then use the mop brush to dab at it and spread it slightly out of its grooves. Next up are the finger grooves. Follow the same process with the grooves and dab out any excess paint with the mop brush. The end result of this entire painting process should be to make the creases stand out and look as real as possible.
For the head, you want to be careful where you apply the creasing paint. Stick to the eyes, nose and ears. For instance, do not venture away from the eyes towards the nose, because the same effect can be achieved through the veining process but with much better results. Be careful when doing the eyes though, as you might want to add another layer of paint later on to make the face a little lighter or darker as required.
How Many Layers to Apply and the Best Time to Crease
Doing the layers of paint and finishing up with the creases should be all you need to recreate the skin of your doll. Remember that, after you’ve done this, you shouldn’t add any other touch of paint as this could rob away from of the depth you achieved in the creases.
On a last note, if you want to achieve perfect creases on your newborn baby dolls, you may want to let the first layer dry off and then decide where a second coating of creases is required. Usually, the webbings of the feet and fingers look more realistic with a second coat. But don’t take this for gold, always refer to your best judgment…