Please help me paint my monkey

I have been waiting for months and finally I have my Bindi and Binki only problem I have no idea what colors to use for a monkey? Can anyone give me some guidance on painting these cute little guys.

Hi Andie,

I’ve no idea what colours to paint but I’ve heard you can get hair colour called orangutan especially for monkeys!!

I really don’t know have never done one…but would think if you are using Genesis it would be like flesh 02 and then maybe for the nose area like a flesh 04.

I painted my vinyl monkey with Genesis Flesh 02 and our Lip/Blush/Nail Genesis color. It was a simple paint job, but turned out really cute. I did 2 light layers of the Flesh 02 everywhere except the soles of the feet, the palms of the hands and around the eyes and mouth. I used the lip/blush/nail for the lips, and blushing. For the nails I mixed the flesh 02 with the lip/blush/nail. Finally I did light shading around the eyes and mouth with the flesh 02

Older orangutans have dark colored nails, but the newborns nails are lighter and closer to a human color.

For hair the inexpensive standard straight mohair #452 that we sell in the light brown/auburn color works well and is what I used.

Rooting is much easier than it seems. Newborn orangutans don’t have as much hair as adults. I found that a larger needle works well. One hair at a time doesn’t really seem necessary with these little guys. It’s also best to root the easy way by pushing the needle straight in rather than on an angle. Orangutans hair tends to stand straight up anyway. For the limbs, rooting the top side of the forearm and the top side of the lower leg is good enough and gives a more newborn look.

For eyes I recommend the Bountiful Baby Oriental baby eyes #2229 20mm. I have seen eyes being sold on eBay for my monkeys that are, solid black glass beads. I would not recommend these as in my opinion they make the eyes look lifeless and do not look like baby orangutan eyes at all. Real baby orangutans have brown eyes with pupils and usually some white of the eye shows, they do not look exactly like human eyes, but humanizing these little ones just a little by using lifelike human eyes adds to their appeal.

I will find the photos I took of my monkey and post them later.
I hope this helps.


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thank you Denise…that is really helpful and pics would be awesome

You’re welcome Carolyn. Thank you Clare, for the tutorial link. I didn’t see that until after I posted. Her Binki turned out really cute.

One thing I forgot to mention is that I used the Genesis Thinner instead of the Odorless thinner. The thicker paint gave a rougher texture to the skin which for an orangutan is good. I applied the skin colors with our small natural sea sponge. Since I only used 2 colors and didn’t have to bake very many times, I found I didn’t need to finish up with the matte varnish.

I have done two custom orders and I just googled photos of baby orangatauns to look at the coloring. Also, I believe BloomersNBows has hair to use and possibly paint,too. Hope that helps.

I have done two custom orders and I just googled photos of baby orangatauns to look at the coloring. Also, I believe *&#$@ has hair to use and possibly paint,too. Hope that helps.

Here’s my Bindi

Thanks, Denise

Also, the coloring of orangutans does vary. If you like the darker skin tone similar to the beautiful Bindi and Binki Prototypes by Gemma, you can use our Ethnic Brow Brown color or our Brow Brown which is a color in between my prototype and Gemma’s.

As for hair colors orangutans have various red and red/brown shades of hair so there is really not a particular color for orangutans, just use your own artistic creativity and pick what looks cute to you.

Thank you all so much for answering my thread, I have ordered some paints in the colors I need and can’t wait to get started. Denise your pictures of Bindi made me smile, she is incredibly lifelike and just gorgeous. I love this kit so much I think mine will have to be a keeper.