Using Secrist Authentic Reborn Gentle Touch Heat Set Paints
By Linda Stewart
I have put
together this tutorial in order to show the basic painting
techniques used with Secrist Gentle Touch Paints. These paints
do not require thinning, just a gentle stir before use. I
used a mini-baby because quite a few people seem to be wary of
them as they are so small, but the techniques used are the same
and they come complete with body and a set of clothes. Anyway,
enough from me lets get to work!
Missy is the Mini-Baby I shall be
using. After washing and drying I always wipe the vinyl parts with an
alcohol swab to further remove any oil residue.
A cosmetic wedge cut in half,
this is ideal for small mini babies.
Using a brush to load a cosmetic wedge with
Gentle Touch Flesh 08
Using pouncing technique to apply
paint to the head.
A brush is great for getting into those tiny
I like a heat gun to set the paint.
The flesh tones are complete
Using Pthalo Blue & Pthalo Green
mixed for 'veining'- combine well
Always remove any excess paint, I find sheets of kitchen towel ideal for
Lightly paint on your veins using
your finest brush & gently blot with a clean cosmetic sponge - we
want very faint lines.
Again, using the heat gun to set, once we are
We are now ready to add our blusher
and blemishes etc. I like to use small amounts of Pyrrole Red 02 &
Burnt Umber .
Load a piece of Natural Sea Sponge with paint
using a brush.
Remove any excess....
and lightly add to cheeks and chin areas.
I then use the cosmetic foam wedge to 'soften' the
paint. Heat set.
Now onto the next step
I add flesh 07 to help blend
this softens the darker red and gives a more skin
like texture. Heat Set.
I am going to add a little blusher
Using the same mix of Pyrrol Red 02 and Burnt
Umber, use a brush and load a cosmetic wedge with paint
Blot excess onto kitchen towel and
add to cheeks, chin, top and lobes of ears, temples and nose etc.
The layers are now building up.
Now for those creases & wrinkles,
using the same colours as before
Take your finest brush. Don't forget to remove
the excess paint.
Get right in to the creases....
do a couple at a time.
Then use a dry brush to blend in the
A light feathering action - we don't want
to take all of the paint off again
Just to create a shadow and define
those little creases and wrinkles. Heat set when happy!
Now for the lips....
I'm using the pre-mixed Strawberry
lip colour here. Heat Set.
Then eyebrows- the colour I'm using is Burnt
Umber toned down with a tiny amount of Flesh 08 and a small blob of
Genesis Thick Medium for a 3 D effect. Mix together well!
a steady hand and your finest brush is required!
Our head is now ready for rooting :o)
Hair has been rooted (but not
styled as yet) and I have
moistened the eyes, nostrils & lips with Aleenes paper glaze (baby
tears) Arms and Legs are painted in the same way - nail plates are
painted using a very fine brush and a tiny amount of pre-mixed
strawberry lip paint (very sparingly) for tips of nails small
amounts of Flesh 08 and a tiny addition of Titanium white, mix well
and use a very fine brush - when happy Heat Set and finish with a
light covering of Genesis Glazing Gel for a nice sheen- Heat Set!
Little Millie (Missy) dressed and ready to greet