What do you do in the creation process that really brings your baby to life? What step are you on when you start to feel that connection, like “Oh wow, this is a BABY!”? Is there a special technique that you use? It’s amazing when the personality comes out, and you no longer view it as just a vinyl kit, but as a baby!
For me, it’s when I add the blushing to the cheeks, nose and chin. That’s when I start to get a feel for where the baby wants to take me (boy or girl, etc) x
Once the detail work is done it starts coming to life but for me, I think it is when I apply the moist look to the different areas of the face…that is what changes them from pretty art doll to baby…
I think for me it is once they are put together.
They start to come alive from the moment I start to add color. It as if they whisper to me “do this! This is who I am!” It’s like I am slowly unveiling a person hidden in the vinyl and I get glimpses all along the way. Sound crazy? Yeah, well. What did ya expect, LOL.
Usually after 3 primary color washes, veining, mottling and at least five or six layers of creasing, blushing and warming, I start getting the depth of skin that makes the kit start to become real for me.
Well for me, once it’s put together (temporarily), then I can see how the hair should be and the personality of the sculpt. And again when it’s totally completed and dressed of course.
Starr, what do you use for the moist areas product wise?
Hahaha! you are beautiful Helen!
I love this! That’s why I asked the question, because it’s like I can almost see a “shadow” of a vein where it should be, etc.
That’s why they call us reborn artists. You go with your gut, and what “feels” right to you. And you hope someone will appreciate your vision enough to love it, too.
I bought a t shirt from Old Navy a while back that says:
I dream of painting and I paint what I dream
I love it.
I use Aleena’s Paper Glaze…I apply with a liner brush where I want it and then use my finger to smudge the edges so that it blends in natural seamless with the skin…(Also it helps when you want to go from a more wet look to just a soft satin shine - like the lips - wet closer into the crease and dab as you go out so they are still moist looking but not glazed - I do the same with the eye lids…
Here are 2 photos of Clydette so that you can see what I mean about coming to life with the moisture added…The first photo is no moisture, the second one is with moisture…See how she goes from doll to baby with the moisture…
I’m not sure this is the best example but you may be able to see what I am talking about.
Another example of how helpful you are. Love your baby and you really can see the difference it makes. Do you find the Paper Glaze to be more glossy than the GHSP air dry gloss? I think so, right? I’m trying to remember the last time I used it, I think it was more glossy than GHSP. Have you ever used the Paper Glaze to glaze the eyes, like around the edges of the lids?
I have used it to gloss around the rims of the eyes but don’t glaze over them…also, yes Aleena;s is more glossy but if you use your finger to smudge or dab it, it takes on a low sheen look so not so glossy…eg, look at my little ones nose…I glossed it and then dabbed it so that there it has a light sheen but no shine…I found that the Genesis Air dry, tends to peel off after a while…at least I found it with dolls that the air dry was used on the lips and dummies were used…the air dry on several I had peeled off and took some of the colour with it…Just my experience with it so not sure what others have found…
OH gosh… that’s not good. I just glossed my last baby’s nails with it but I was planning on using something else in the future as I know it is discontinued and I’m not so keen on the effect. My goodness… do I have to worry about the nails now? I guess there isn’t much I can do now that it is on, is there? Or should I cover it with another product? But if it peels I guess it will just take itself, the paint and the new product off…
Please. I wouldn’t panic…other ladies may have found something different with the air dry…it is just my experience with it…The dolls that I have had it happen to are over 2 years old so it wasn’t an immediate…and maybe it is the heat here in Oz that causes it though I do keep a fully air conditioned house…ALWAYS as I don’t do well with extreme heat…
I remember I did have a doll that had peeling of the waterline but it was about a year or so old at the time and for the life of me I can’t remember what I used at the time. It is very possible it was the air dry that caused it. Thank goodness it was a keeper and not for a customer.
I think I’m going to start keeping notes as to which product I use for each baby as I try different things and the old memory isn’t what it used to be. It could help me identify a problem with certain products, if needed.
Do you think it would be ok if I put the Paper Glaze over the air dry? I don’t like the nails’ finish right now. Not smooth enough. I don’t necessarily want it super glossy, but I find them too textured right now. A little smoothing would pull them together. They look great when the air dry is wet, and dry to a disappointing rougher texture. Thoughts?
bebe, you can water down the Paper Glaze a little bit and use that on the nails. It tends to not be quite as shiny if you mix in some water.
@ECNRebornBabies Thank you! Do you think it would be ok to add some to the nails that already have air dry gloss?
I used to use the air dry gloss on my dolls lips first and then go over them with the Paper Glaze. I haven’t heard any complaints from any customers, and I began doing it that way a little over two years ago, so I’m guessing it probably wouldn’t be a problem. Now I just use the Paper Glaze on lips and nails, watered down a little.