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How to paint a reborn doll

How to paint a reborn doll body with acrylic paint

Painting is arguably the single most important step to reborning a doll. Unfortunately, beginners and even experienced reborners alike oftentimes have difficulty when it comes to this step. Using the wrong type or color of paint can shift the appearance of your doll to being more artificial. In addition, applying the paint incorrectly may cause it to smear, streak, drip or leave other noticeable imperfections. The bottom line is that you must use caution and pay extra attention when you’re painting a reborn doll; otherwise, all of your hard work could be for nothing.
Painting a Reborn doll can be overwhelming, especially if you aren’t sure what paint you are supposed to use. Since the material the doll is made out of is vinyl, there is some leniency on what type of paint you can put on them.
The instructions on how to paint your reborn doll ultimately depends on what type of paint you choose to go with. Genesis heat-set or air-dry paints are the the best all-around choices for reborning. Some people may attempt to use traditional oil or acrylic-based paints, but these aren’t recommended. Acrylic paints tend to dry too fast, oftentimes setting before you are able to finish the job. On the other hand, oil paints can take well over 12 hours to fully dry. Thankfully, this isn’t a problem with Genesis heat-set paints because you are able to control exactly when you want to set it.

reborn baby doll are known for being  life-like. They are made of either manufactured play vinyl or a vinyl doll kit. There might come a time where you want to create your own Reborn doll, or you need to make some touch-ups to one you already have.a preferred choice by thousands of reborners types of paint is Genesis heat-set. As the name suggests, this type of paint requires heating in order for it to set in properly. Unlike air-dry paints, you can leave a bottle of heat-set paint open for hours without it drying up; although we don’t recommend leaving open bottles of paint around the house because it’s essentially a disaster waiting to happen.

When choosing reborn doll paint, remember that you’ll need several different shades to create the most realistic effect possible. A lot of beginners fail to realize this and instead only use a single color on their doll. While this is fine for traditional toy dolls, reborns require several different shades to create an authentic life-like appearance.
The steps for drawing a reborn doll include the following
1.Strip the factory sealer or color from the doll by wiping it down with nail polish remover and a lint-free cloth. Wash the doll parts in soapy water and let them dry.
2.Develop the undertone for the skin color of the doll. Choose a light red, blue or purple dye and mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After you have mixed the dye, wash the interior of the doll’s head, arms, legs and torso with the dye color. This sets a pink, light purple or blue undertone to the skin. Rinse with warm water and set the pieces to dry on a paper towel.
3.Paint veining onto the doll using various tints and shades of reds and blues as they would appear on a real baby. Let dry. This layer goes beneath the skin-tone colors.
4.Mix the skin colors after the vinyl parts have dried. You can either use flesh-tone paints in the right skin color for the doll or mix your own for the base coat. To make your own flesh-tone colors, mix equal amounts of red, yellow and blue to form a brown; lighten with white until you achieve the desired color. Cover the entire doll with the skin color in a light coat, using a sponge to dab it on. Apply several light coats in varying tints and shades to achieve a realistic look.
5.Create lighter tints and darker shades of the flesh colors to use in areas such as the creases at the elbows and knees. Add a light-colored rose-colored blush to the entire doll to create realism; don’t forget small imperfections such as milk spots or tiny pimples that newborn babies often have. Paint in these details.
6.Add hair in the desired color, using multiple tints and shades to create tiny strands of hair on the doll’s head. Use the thin-tipped paintbrush for these details. Paint the eyebrows.
7.Apply lip color to the lips and nail polish to the fingers and toenails. The idea is to use a natural-looking color rather than a color that makes the nails look professionally done.
8.Paint the iris color on the eyes, and add black for a pupil if the eyes are open. If the doll’s eyes aren’t open, use a fine eyeliner brush to add lashes. After all the paint has dried, apply a sealant clear coat and let dry. After the topcoat has dried, assemble the individual pieces and clothe the doll in a onesie or other suitable infant outfit.
Congratulations! You’ve just completed your reborn doll. See, that wasn’t too hard, was it?

Painting reborn doll kits can be a great hobby and will turn out amazing with the proper process and supplies. The dolls are made with a vinyl material, so you have plenty of options on what kind of paint to use. One of the best paints, however, is acrylic paint.Acrylic paint is great to use for the skin tone and fine details of the doll. If you want to add blush to the doll, acrylic might not work that well. The process of painting Reborn dolls is a learning process, and you will get better the more you practice.

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Painting is arguably the single most important step to reborning a doll. Unfortunately, beginners and even experienced reborners alike oftentimes have difficulty when it comes to this step. Using the wrong type or color of paint can shift the appearance of your doll to being more artificial. In addition, applying the paint incorrectly may cause it to smear, streak, drip or leave other noticeable imperfections. The bottom line is that you must use caution and pay extra attention when you’re painting a reborn doll; otherwise, all of your hard work could be for nothing.
Painting a Reborn doll can be overwhelming, especially if you aren’t sure what paint you are supposed to use. Since the material the doll is made out of is vinyl, there is some leniency on what type of paint you can put on them.
The instructions on how to paint your reborn doll ultimately depends on what type of paint you choose to go with. Genesis heat-set or air-dry paints are the the best all-around choices for reborning. Some people may attempt to use traditional oil or acrylic-based paints, but these aren’t recommended. Acrylic paints tend to dry too fast, oftentimes setting before you are able to finish the job. On the other hand, oil paints can take well over 12 hours to fully dry. Thankfully, this isn’t a problem with Genesis heat-set paints because you are able to control exactly when you want to set it.


When choosing reborn doll paint, remember that you’ll need several different shades to create the most realistic effect possible. A lot of beginners fail to realize this and instead only use a single color on their reborn baby doll black. While this is fine for traditional toy dolls, reborns require several different shades to create an authentic life-like appearance.
The steps for drawing a reborn doll include the following
1.Strip the factory sealer or color from the doll by wiping it down with nail polish remover and a lint-free cloth. Wash the doll parts in soapy water and let them dry.
2.Develop the undertone for the skin color of the doll. Choose a light red, blue or purple dye and mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After you have mixed the dye, wash the interior of the doll’s head, arms, legs and torso with the dye color. This sets a pink, light purple or blue undertone to the skin. Rinse with warm water and set the pieces to dry on a paper towel.
3.Paint veining onto the doll using various tints and shades of reds and blues as they would appear on a real baby. Let dry. This layer goes beneath the skin-tone colors.
4.Mix the skin colors after the vinyl parts have dried. You can either use flesh-tone paints in the right skin color for the doll or mix your own for the base coat. To make your own flesh-tone colors, mix equal amounts of red, yellow and blue to form a brown; lighten with white until you achieve the desired color. Cover the entire doll with the skin color in a light coat, using a sponge to dab it on. Apply several light coats in varying tints and shades to achieve a realistic look.
5.Create lighter tints and darker shades of the flesh colors to use in areas such as the creases at the elbows and knees. Add a light-colored rose-colored blush to the entire doll to create realism; don’t forget small imperfections such as milk spots or tiny pimples that newborn babies often have. Paint in these details.
6.Add hair in the desired color, using multiple tints and shades to create tiny strands of hair on the doll’s head. Use the thin-tipped paintbrush for these details. Paint the eyebrows.
7.Apply lip color to the lips and nail polish to the fingers and toenails. The idea is to use a natural-looking color rather than a color that makes the nails look professionally done.
8.Paint the iris color on the eyes, and add black for a pupil if the eyes are open. If the doll’s eyes aren’t open, use a fine eyeliner brush to add lashes. After all the paint has dried, apply a sealant clear coat and let dry. After the topcoat has dried, assemble the individual pieces and clothe the doll in a onesie or other suitable infant outfit.
Congratulations! You’ve just completed your reborn doll boy. See, that wasn’t too hard, was it?

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