I’m still having trouble finding things to help with some things. I have gotten a lot better with my blending with beauty blender (gourd shape) and also pouncing with Kabuki brushes!
I have started creasíng with powders it seems to glide on neater and no obvious lunes.
I have started using
mixed in to my paints as well as water it’s magical and I wish I found it sooner.
Anyway I don’t know what to do about veining and mottling
I’ve got the right tools just doesn’t work with my physical limitations…
I know my work is shoddy… but honestly I don’t care, I don’t sell the babies I make, but I do donate and I give them to people who could never afford them
I guess I don’t NEED to vein or motte… I just love the look…
Many people tell me I should just stop"pretending" to reborn… that’s like telling me not to breathe… I love this art so much, I can’t give it up because of physical limitations…
Thank you that means a lot to me!
You are not pretending to reborn, you are doing something you love and bringing joy to others! Also, your work is beautiful! You are most definitely reborning! Your story is very inspiring, thank you for sharing.
Thank you! It’s definitely my passion. I love in New Zealand with my husband and our 2 daughters. This is his home country. I feel like reborning here is not really accepted like in America and Canada. I mean, you can find artists all over but most people are very hostel about it… the worst was when I had just started… I was calling a disgusting b… and told to go off myself… It was pretty deviating and heartbreaking to me…I finally found something that I could kinda do and I loved
But anyways I digress
@RebornsbyZebra when you said you use pastels what do you use them for. Would they work for veining do you think? My husband suggested maybe temporary tattoos but I’m not sure if it will stick? BTW I use air dry acrylic
I use Panpastels and Rembrandt artist chalks for creases, shading, and blushing but you can use them for veining as well.
I can’t remember if I gave this to you before but this is the generous, free, tutorial I started out with from the very talented @sweetiepieapril http://www.sweetiepienurserybyapril.com/freetutorials.html
I use these little disposable wands https://www.amazon.com.au/G2PLUS-Disposable-Eyeliner-Applicator-Cosmetic/dp/B00NBT0J26/ref=sr_1_70?keywords=disposable+makeup+wand&qid=1564990295&s=gateway&sr=8-70 that would be really good for drawing veins with the pan pastels…but they are probably too small for you to hold. Maybe your daughter could do it? Id recommend wetting them a bit and rolling them in the a blue or turquoise colour or pastels or chalks and “drawing” them on. Speaking of drawing, you could also use a blue or green/blue pencil as well.
Wow @RebornsbyZebra thank you so much, going to watch now
lol I love my daughter to help and she loves to help but she doesn’t listen when I tell her there ment to be subtle not dark but her way or the highway… so she does veins for my alternative babies! Lol
Well, they have nice shape at least
Your not pretending your learning. One day you will be good enough to sale them when your ready. I’ve donated and given away dolls for years that how you learn. Never had anyone complain about getting my first fruits.
If the beauty blenders are easier for you to hold, you can make mottling sponges out of those by plucking some holes in them.
How awesome to have a helper!
Yes my 11 year old loves it
My 15 year old likes to help… But not if I ask for help but sometimes when I’m working she will ask if she can help
I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong…
my first try l guess I didn’t use enough paint…
second try I used way to much… also the circle/mottled bits won’t show…I just can’t do it which really sucks because I love the reality it brings to the baby…
I use really, really thin layers of paint “washes” but I do my mottling a bit thicker. I also follow behind with another sponge to lift off the parts that are too dark. I think part of the problem is the quality of your paints and what you are using to thin them down. I think you will find if you use some type of surfactant along with distilled water you can thin the paints down to a water-like consistency. I use Golden wetting agent as Ive said before…mixed with a lot of distilled water. I keep this in a bottle and use it to mix all of my washes. I also use golden glazing liquid and, sometimes, a small amount of retarder…both of which makes the paint more “spreadable” and gives you more open or working time before the paint dries. I don’t like to use too much retarder because it tends to build up and make my pieces very shiny and tacky.
the paint is FX so I don’t think it’s the paint I think my trouble comes from just inability for some reason mixing the right amount of everything. I don’t know…I keep trying but I just can’t do it…
Reborn I think it was a starter kit from MacPherson crafts
I have some of that as well and use it with my Golden paints…so that is what you are exclusively using?
Im off to bed but Ill send you a PM tomorrow.