Tips for Successful Complexion
Using Strawberry or Peaches & Cream Complexion Premixed Paints
By Pat Secrist
Blush: Apply five drops of the
thinner to a sponge in a 5-dot
pattern like you would see on the face of playing dice. The 5-dot
pattern makes it easy for the paint to transfer from the sponge to
the vinyl. You don't need a paint palette for this step. You can
work right out of the jar by scooping incredibly tiny amounts of
paint onto your craft stick. Take a
craft stick and apply the strawberry blush to the sponge smoothing
the paint directly into the sponge until there are no blobs or paint
streaks left on the surface of the sponge at all. Now you are ready
to pounce the blush onto the vinyl. It's always better to start with
too little blush and add more later than too make the baby too red
from the start. One thin layer of blush is usually sufficient. If
after looking at the baby in natural sunlight if you still feel it
needs more blush, bake the current blush layer and then reload the
sponge in the same manner and add more blush. You can always add
more blush later on, after you have painted the lips, creases and
For the most realistic look apply a very fine and even blush layer
BEFORE your flesh 08 paint layer. Then
apply a more another thin blush layer again after you have applied
the flesh layer.
Lips: Use the filbert brush to scoop a
very tiny, tiny amount right from the jar of lip paint. Apply the
paint to the inside of the lips first then spread the paint outward.
The goal is to apply only one layer of paint - you want a thin,
natural-looking coat of paint. Don't use any thinner at all. If you
use a tiny enough amount then you should be able to spread it around
so the lips have no streaks or smudges at all. if you have too much
paint blot some of the paint off with a clean sponge.
The lip colour should be very light and translucent. You should be
able to almost see through the colour to the vinyl beneath. Real
babies lips are very light in colour - too dark and they look like
they're wearing lipstick!
Occasionally a second coat of paint is needed, but make sure to use
the smallest amount of paint possible. It's always easier to add
more then to take some off.
Creases and Wrinkles: Use the small round
brush and dip a very tiny amount right from the jar of crease &
wrinkle paint. Next paint each wrinkle and crease. Reload brush as
necessary. Don't use any thinner at all.
Once you have painted all of the creases & wrinkles go back and
lightly blot each one with a
wedge to pick up excess paint. Do not press too hard or you will
lift the paint right out of the wrinkle or crease.
Next, go back and feather the creases using your
1/2" mop brush. Feather in a direction
that is perpendicular to the direction of the crease. Again, feather
very lightly so that you don't remove all of the paint from the
crease. Your goal is to soften the edges of the paint line in the
Don't forget to bake the paint in between each step. If you
are not sure if your paint is dark enough bake it first after one
layer and then take it outside to look at the doll in natural
sunlight. If you still feel the paint is not dark enough apply
another extremely thin coat of paint and bake again.
Often times the lighting in your work area is not sufficient and
causes over-painting which makes the doll too dark and not nearly as
lifelike. A Daylight Lamp is perfect for creating the most lifelike
baby doll possible. The lamp perfectly simulates natural sunlight,
when you paint your baby under natural sunlight the effect is far
Rosie was Reborn by Pat Secrist using the
Strawberry Complexion paint set, following the instructions above.
Pat applied the Flesh 08 as a base layer; used the premixed vein
paint for the veins on the forehead; the
glazing gel shown on the eyelids; and
baby tears on the mouth, nostrils, and eye creases. Now all
Rosie needs are some eyelashes and
For best results occasionally stir your premixed paints before
*All the brushes required here are available in
the Tools section.*
Copyright : Lillian Trigg of Rochester®.
Not to be duplicated without Permission.