Step 4:Color

How to Make Reborn Baby Dolls
Step 4: Applying Color

For this step you’re going to need to use the oil paints you’ve purchased, as well as the linseed oil. You’ll want to have some paper towels or old t-shirts around for wiping up the paint, and even removing it from the doll if you’ve applied too much.

The makeup sponges will be used for applying the paint, but you can use lots of different tools for this, including stencils, sponge-tipped brushes, fine brushes and cotton balls. You’ll also need the Q-tips for blending and mixing the paints together; a regular paper plate works great as a surface.

The purpose of the linseed oil is to thin the paint out, thereby making it easier to spread and apply onto the parts of your reborn baby doll. To start with, use the flesh toned paint and mix it with a few drops of the linseed oil for the above reasons.

Make sure to be in a well lit, open area. The more natural light there is, the more you’ll actually see how the colors will turn out. And don’t forget some inspiration and a guide, some pictures of cute babies should do the trick!

Starting with the head of the reborn babies, you’ll want to apply some paint onto a few different areas, namely the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. Then use the tool of your choice, as mentioned, I use the makeup sponges, to begin smoothing the paint into the surface.

For any crevices or small creases and hard to reach places, just use a Q-tip to apply the paint. Remember, less is more with paint, and after you’ve smoothed it over the entire surface, use some cotton balls to remove any leftover paint.

I’ve found that while painting reborn dolls, the colors don’t always work as you want them to. Pay attention and as soon as you think that might be true, start removing the paint and don’t apply anymore. Adding more linseed oil to the applied paint can help it come off easier.

And if you purchased a practice doll or you’re confident in your mixing skills, you can always add in some other colors to get the flesh color you really desire. After you’re done with the face, you want to follow the same steps for all of the other body parts.

Now to add the details, which is hard, but also is a creative and fun process. For shading and veins, you’ll want to mix a blue or a purple with white, to create a lighter, more natural shade of blue. Again, use a tiny bit of linseed oil to make it thinner.

You want to place just a little bit under the eye and smooth it under that area. Do this several times to get your desired effects. If you prefer reborn baby dolls with closed eyes, also do this on the eyelid itself. Add more subtle hints of color on other places of the face if you desire, such as the forehead.

You can also shade the bottoms of the feet for a natural shadow effect. But as always, remember the rule, less is more! You can always go back and add a little more, but removing is a pain and mistakes can show permanently.

After doing the shading, you want to apply some blush to the skin of the reborn babies you are working with. Follow the rule – less is more – and mix some red paint with the linseed oil. You can use a pinkish color by mixing the red with white. Where are babies blushed?

The cheeks of course, so apply just a bit of your color to the center of your cheek and spread around carefully. You can also apply a tiny bit to the nose, chin and forehead.

Finishing with the face, move on to the rest of the body, namely the back of the hands and the palms of the hands, and the tops of the feet. Other small applications along the arms and legs can be effective as well. The bottom of the feet can take some real artistry, as they are so many different colors in different areas.

Again, you’ve earned a break and the paint needs to dry, so put the parts away in a safe place and leave overnight. In the morning you can see if you want to add another layer of color or styling anywhere.