Mottling in babies is a common occurrence. This is actually the sudden appearance of botches or marble like pink patterns on the skin that gives the region an uneven texture. Biologically, it happens due to the baby’s sympathetic nervous system which is not yet fully regulated, causing the skin to receive unequal blood flow.
After dealing with the creases, your next target to make fake babies look real is to mottle their skin.
To achieve this, you can use either Air Dry or Heat Set Genesis paints. In my opinions, it’s best to use Air Dry paints from here on, since all base coats are over and those are the ones that benefit the most from Genesis paints.
List of Supplies
Most of the items you’ll need are the same you have already used for the previous steps:
- The ever present mixing bowl
- Half inch mixing mop brush
- Half inch paint brush for preparing the mottle effect
- One inch mop brush to spread details around
- Cosmetic wedge to absorb the paint in excess
- White Air Dry paint
- Red Air Dry paint
- Matt Fix solution
- Distilled water
Creating the Paint Mixture
For mottling the skin, you should prepare the paint mixture using the red paint as your main color and the white paint as a minor addition. So, use the distilled water as the base and, to affix color, this is where the Matt fix will come in handy. Remember to use twice the amount of Matt Fix. The resultant color should be something similar to the pinkish blemishes evident on the skin of a new born.
The Mottling Process
Once the paint mix is ready, take a little bit of pink mix from the top of the bowl with a half inch mop brush and apply it to the bottom of the thighs. Those are naturally reddish in a baby. Now, if the tone looks good on the baby, then you can move on to mottling other parts of the body. Remember not to paint away the entire legs and arms but rather dab with the mop brush on the surface to make blemishes of pink. This will not be instantly visible. Do this with the entire surface of your fake babies, including the head and belly plate.
Once you dab the baby surface with the mop brush, use the cosmetic wedge to smudge it out evenly. This will give a realistic appeal to your baby angel.
Precautions to Take
Before you begin, here are some points to take into consideration to achieve the very best result with your mottling:
- First of all, remember to use the leg as a test piece. The back of the leg usually is reddish in babies and this is something that you can try out with so as to test consistency of paint. If it spreads instantly, then use a cosmetic wedge
- When dealing with the head, start from the top, and as you get close to the eyes, nose and ears, be extra careful not to smudge on them. Babies tend to have redder ears and nose. So, you will want to redden them out later on anyways. However, making the eyes mottle will look unreal as the eyes always have ample blood flow in real babies
- The bony areas of the baby usually have reduced mottling, so you should ensure that you leave such areas out for later
- Complete the first mottling layer and then wait for the paint to dry out before reapplying a second layer. Mottling layer by layer, instead of trying to achieve a perfect finish in one go is always better as it provides you with much needed control over the actual look you will achieve
Is Mottling Really that Necessary?
To say whether mottling is a necessity or just something that’s preferable, you have to take into account the type of doll you’re trying to create. For preemies, it’s quasi compulsory, but for “older” baby dolls it’s just better to use it but your doll will still look good if you omit that step. Premature babies have poor blood circulation to the skin and, hence, tend to have heavily mottled skin. Thus, with your tiny fake babies, make sure to add in a little extra mottling if you want them to look like the real thing.