By Jessica Schenk
In this tutorial I will show you how I paint a realistic newborn skin tone on a 6" ooak baby using Genesis heat set paint. This baby has been sculpted from Living Doll clay in "Baby". The "Baby" flesh tone is very nice and does not need a flesh tone paint over it unless of course you are painting an ethnic baby.
Step 1: Start with a little dab of lip and nail blush to a paint dish. Then add 10-15 times that amount of Genesis Thinning Medium. Mix together with a paint brush until thoroughly combined.
Step 2: Next I use a cosmetic wedge that I have put little holes in with a tweezer. This way, your baby won't end up a solid pink color. Brush some of the blush color/thinning medium mixture lightly onto the cosmetic wedge. Apply in one layer and in sections so that you don't overlap. Remember, you don't want a solid pink baby ;)
It should look something like this when you are done. Repeat this step with the limbs
Step 3: Use a liner brush to add the blush color/thinning medium mixture to the creases of the baby, i.e. fat rolls, wrinkles, around nose, lips etc.
Now baby should look like this. This is only one layer of paint and not much color. I generally will do 2 layers of the blush color, being careful to let the paint dry between layers. The number of layers you use will depend on personal preference and also how much thinning medium you used. Bake baby at 265 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. I highly recommend using an oven thermometer and a timer so you don't over heat baby. Also, if you don't heat the oven hot enough, your paint will not set properly. I use a medium size convection oven in my laundry room with the exhaust fan on so as not to let the fumes into the rest of the house. It is generally considered not safe to use your home oven to heat polymer clay or vinyl. For more on this visit our FAQ and scroll to the bottom of the page
Step 4: After baby has cooled completely, move on to step 4. Please be sure baby is completely cool. Hot clay = fragile clay. For this step I use Genesis yellow ochre mixed with thinning medium (again use the 1:10 ratio) on a clean cosmetic wedge. Brush a thin layer on the wedge and apply to baby in one layer without overlapping. You can also do two layers of this but again it is up to personal preference. I used one layer on this baby. Let this layer dry and move on to step 5.
Step 5: Now it's time to add color to the cheeks, palms of the hands, and soles of feet. I use a small mop brush and dab it into the paint then a paper towel so I know there is not too much paint on the brush. After you pounce the color onto the areas of baby that you want, softly go over the areas with a clean cosmetic wedge so the color is not too dark and doesn't have any obvious edges.
Baby should look something like this after step 5:
Step 6: In this step we are adding veining to baby. Mix this color like you did in step 1. Use vein blue with thinning medium. Using a liner brush, add color to the places on baby that the skin will be naturally thinner, such as bottoms of feet, bridge of nose, corners of eyes, ankles, wrists etc.
Paint with a light touch as this color likes to "stick".
Dab immediately with a clean cosmetic wedge to soften the color.
The veins of the head will typically be on the forehead and the temples.
Step 7: Mix a brow color with thinning medium.
Using a very fine liner brush, paint on the eyebrows lightly. I like to use a toothpick to further separate the "hairs".
Baby is done being painted. At this point, you can add air dry gloss varnish to the mouth, fingernails, etc.
Next comes hair and body.