Happy Easter everybody!
You might wonder what I am doing on Easter Sunday, sitting at my computer writing my blog. I don’t have an answer for that except that I clearly lead a very sad life lol.
Anyway this week I wanted to answer a lovely lady called Kimberley, who took the time to read my blog and comment on it, her comment was:
“Looking forward to this blog! If possible can you blood about the layers of paint and how u mix this to get the perfect shades you use. I watched all of your videos but sometimes get lost in how much product you use and colors . Especially lips as I love the Lip color of your babies!!”
First of all I presume you mean can I blog, not can I blood – it looks like a typo but a very weird typo when you read my answer …
So I’ll start at the end and say that the lip colour I use the most of is the SilcPig (Smooth on) colour called Blood (isn’t that weird considering the typo above – oooooooo ). I really love this colour and although I generally use SAM colours and more recently the Enfis colours also, I have never found a colour to match Blood for being useful for blushing and general colours. So the lips I will swipe with other colours as I go along but I do find that Blood is a really lovely colour for the lips.
So layers of paint, it varies from baby to baby. I usually try and do a blue undertones, very faint colour. Blue veins, again very faint. Then a kind of purple undertones and shadows. All these layers very faint. I have recently been using Enfis colours and hope to be stocking them in my online shop soon, and when I do I’ll be demonstrating some of the colours in that range.
After the undertones, I use blood as a basic mottling layer. I will use another one or two colours for the mottling – one slightly more purple and one more salmon. All very faint.
Then I might go back over the veins and some blushing. Again I really love the Blood colour I probably use it too much but I find it is neither too pink (that horrible moment the next day when you see your baby in a different light and realise your baby is too pink or too red!!!
Two colours I love to use towards the end – magenta – this is a SAM colour and the pigment is very strong so be careful. So generally it’s a wash over the whole baby checking the colour as I go, and dab off again. I’ll go over sponges another time because you have to be careful with sponges.
The other colour is a yellow, sometimes depending on what colour is needed, I will use a faint wash of yellow ochre – but only over the more fleshy areas, the thighs, the tummy. It really makes the skin colour ‘pop’. Sometimes though, on a younger baby where you maybe want more colour, I will use a yellowey lime-green, really bright, and again this on the fleshy areas, it tones down the reds and gives a feeling of more fleshy depth.
There is no right or wrong way or colours to use and I’ll be talking again in snatches about colours. I have come across some really great new colours in the Enfis range, but the SAM colours are so useful too.
I hope this has answered your question Kimberley, please do comment and let me know.
Anybody else who has questions please do feel free to comment on my blog asking questions and I will address them as and when I can. I would like this to be a conversation with several strands rather than me just sitting here talking to myself. Which I do quite well as you may have gathered from my videos.
Anyway enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend, be safe, be happy, and always enjoy whatever it is you choose to do.
Love and hugs, Carolyn x
I've been sculpting, moulding, pouring and finishing my own dolls for 7 or 8 years now, it's a fairly isolated life filled with clay, tools, and sticky stuff. I am going to be sharing things with you, tips and tricks for making babies as well as some inane ramblings just because that's who I am. Hope you enjoy.