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Repaint tutorial - Part 1 by Amber-Honey Repaint tutorial - Part 1 by Amber-Honey
Please visit my materials list [link] before asking any questions! It's been updated after making this tutorial so there are some new techniques and tools!


Part 2: [link]


I spilled water on my laptop this morning, while working on it, so I had to delay it's progress until I fixed it :(

These are general guidelines for anyone feeling a little lost. Finding out what other materials you need may take trials and practice. Further information may just take some google-ing. If you have any specific questions you really can't find the answer to then feel free to ask~

I'll try to make a full list of materials later on so be a little patient with me ^^

(I apologize, in advance, for any typos or grammar errors :P)
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Mi-chan785 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Thank you, this was really helpful!
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HeavenlyOdyssey Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is super informative for a hopeful beginner like me! Thank you for taking the time to post this :-)
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EvyVanBrakel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Photographer
Hi got one question I got lots of Derwent Coloursoft pencils can use them? Or do I need to get watercolored ones? Thanks :heart:
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LaceBug Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing! It helped me under stand better how to do this my self. I hope to begin one very soon. I just don't have funding and probably wont for a while. 
 I did havea question though. It's probably dumb but,  it's there am alternative to using sealant/ how much does it cost? Or is paper sealant OK (prevents smudging of Graphite on paper)?
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unfortunately, I only use Mr.Super Clear sealant. But look up other tutorials to see what other people are using. I wouldn't use paper sealant because it doesn't spray as finely and I think it stays tacky sometimes (MSC dries quickly, is meant for dolls/figures/kits and sprays very finely), but if you have it on hand maybe you could practice with it and then remove it? I wouldn't spend the money buying a temporary sealant, though, so if you're just starting out I think looking up other people materials may be helpful.
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LaceBug Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Im not sure how much ill like repainting yet, But thank you very much for the advice! 
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BarbieVideos Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student Photographer
thank you so much for tutorial :)
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! I hope it's helpful!
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PrincessIrregular Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very very helpful! Thank you so much. :la: But is there any kind of sealant that I wouldn't have to use a gas mask for? Or is this the best one you've ever used?
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think liquitex has non-toxic sealers, but they come in liquid form and need a lot of practice and an airbrush (to achieve the spray effect) to use them on dolls. Even then, the spray could still be bad for inhaling so I really don't think there are any sealants you can use without some kind of protection. This one also happens to be the easiest/best rated sealant to use.
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PrincessIrregular Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah okay, thank you very much. :)I'll have to go and stalk Amazon for it. *Evil laughter*
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salamandrarte Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank u for a lovely tutorial x

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NarsisBlack Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i have a question again :aww: would the pencils draw better if i seal the face more than once or i have to change my pencil brand? (it's cretacolor)
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there!
It's a little difficult to say without seeing the results ^^; I've never tried any watercolor brand other than derwent or prismacolor, and I've only had success with Mr.Super Clear Flat sealant. You didn't mention what type of sealant you use, but if it's MSC, I think you may need to change your watercolor pencils.

You shouldn't have to use more than one or two coats of sealant to get good pencil lines, is what I'm saying :]
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NarsisBlack Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much, :aww:
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BadgersBakery Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
That's a very helpful tut, thank you! I have a question - does the same technique apply to blushing the doll's body? I wonder, because you warned about spilling blush cleaner over it.
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^

For the body, you can technically use acetone/brush cleaner, but it will melt the hard plastic a little bit and produce a bad smell. I don't recommend it since you can usually remove any doll tattoos with a bit of sanding. The only situation where it may be useful is If you need to remove a previous blush-job.

If you want to blush the body or repair melted plastic, I suggest you lightly sand (using a high grit like 800-2000) and buff the body (you can buff them with a soft cloth). These dolls come with some kind of plastic film that sealant does not adhere to all too well and can cause the blushing to flake- so sanding it first, I think, may be necessary. Brush cleaner isn't needed for the blushing, for the most part.

I hope this is helpful, I'm not an expert on body blushing and have yet to do it, myself. But I've read about this info in several different places from other customizers :]
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BadgersBakery Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Thank you so much! I'm planning to buy my first MH for customizing and I had no idea the bodies were made from a different material than the heads :) I've seen people sand the bodies to remove seams (like here [link]), they looked so much nicer afterwards, even without blushing (probably with some matte sealant added on top to remove the shine).
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Jenn1977 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. It gives people like my self a start off point until we feel sure enough of ourselves to try something of our own. :)
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm so very glad to be of help!! ^^ Thank you <3
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Fairysquisher22 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Thank you so much for this tutorial! It is really helpful!!
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to hear that <3 Thank you!
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VirginYouth Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So I am having a problem with the water color pencils showing up on my doll head
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay :] I'll need a little more info in order to help. May I ask what brand they are? I know, so far, that Derwent and Prismacolor brand watercolor pencils work, but I can't vouch for any other brands as I've not used them. I know some inexpensive brands (Like 'artists loft') do not show up, so perhaps this could be the issue?
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VirginYouth Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well they kind of show up when I lick the tip of the pencil, maybe it's the sealant as well?
[link]

I use krylon matte sealant and also noris club watercolor pencils
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't used either of those so I can't help you much ^^; But it must, at least, be one of them that is causing the issue. You shouldn't have to dampen the pencils to get them to show up.
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VirginYouth Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I finally got the spray and I was hoping you would check out the dolls!
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry for my very delayed response! I checked them out and I think they're looking great! Do you like the spray? I hope it worked out for you ^^
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VirginYouth Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is working out amazingly! Thank you so much for helping me out<3
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VirginYouth Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh no, the ones you listed are a bit pricey. what to do
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DawningRose Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Photographer
Awesome! I cant believe I have to get a gasmask now too, thanx for the warning!!!! Guess I'll have to wait to do my dolls, oh well.
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(Ridiculously late reply here, sorry!) Thanks for heeding the warning, that stuff is plastic in a bottle so it's best to keep it out of your throat and lungs ^^
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DawningRose Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Photographer
Yep
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arshana Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What happens if I skip the part with spray? Can't I just use dry pastels directly onto cleaned doll's face?
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The sealant is the bulk of the repaint, unfortunately ^^;
It creates tooth so that the pastels stick to the face (vinyl does not hold pastels on it's own too well), it prevents the pastels/colors from staining the vinyl, it keeps the repaint waterproof (protecting your hard work) and it makes the watercolor pencils also show on the vinyl.

I pretty much wouldn't have a repaint without the sealant, lol.
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NarsisBlack Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
can i use pastel fixative spray instead of sealant?
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
to be honest, I'm not sure how well fixative would would work for a doll repaint, I've never tried it - sorry!
I hope you can find the info~
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NarsisBlack Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
tanx! ^__^
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Gwendalin-Niles Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
do you also do bjd faceups?
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unfortunately I'm not very skilled with BJDs, atm ; w;
I really hope to practice some more with them, though~
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the tutorial and the Pastels you use are they Derwet Brand?
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry for the terribly late reply!
I'm currently testing out some 'schmincke' pastels and also use 'artist loft' pastels :] I haven't tried any derwent pastels, but any artist grade brand should work as long as you don't use oil pastels (only the powdery kind).
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NarsisBlack Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great tut! could you help me with couple of thngs though? what's sealant? it makes the pastel color stick? what kind of sandpaper u use (i mean what level of hardness).
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure^^
Sealant is what makes the repaint waterproof. It also helps the pastels stick to the face smoothly and makes watercolor-pencil's strokes vibrant (without sealant, pastels would be blotchy, watercolor-pencils would not show up well, and the face could easily be wiped away or smudged). I recommend using Mr.Super Clear Flat.

For sandpaper, I just used a superfine-grade. You can use any grade, really, you can even use regular paper (if you need something temporary) so long as you're 'grinding' the pastels on something, which will produce powder.

If you have more expensive pastels, they will probably be more pigmented and powdery and will not need any sandpaper, though - you can just swipe them with a brush.

Hope this is helpful :]
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NarsisBlack Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you soo much! :hug:
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Pixar-Pixie Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Where do you purchase the Mr.Super clear?
I've looked around,but I can not seem to find the correct one.
( And if I had,I wouldn't know it)
I get confused easily.
@u@
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To be honest, I don't actually have a specific place to buy if from, just the general "buy online" advice is what I can offer ^^;
The latest place I purchased my cans from was Ebay, but they currently go for over $20 if you include shipping and buy them from US sellers. For that reason I suggest you check all the links available on a search engine to find the best deal. Sometimes online hobby shops have better prices :]
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Pixar-Pixie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
I've seen some different canisters for the Mr.Super Clear,I tried comparing the picture.
I think I know which one to get though.
:)

Thank you very much!
:D
I've been very interested in re-painting dolls for quite some time now.
(But I've been so busy,it's a bit overwhelming!)
I love your tutorial and it really gave me a good idea and the right inspiration to get out and do it!
:)

If it is alright,may I ask another question?
I hopefully promise this will be my last one. ;u;
Besides the pastels seen here,are there any other kind you use that work just as nicely?

Again,thank you very much.
ouo
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, yes, make sure the type of MSC you are buying is FLAT (UV cut Flat or just regular Flat - none of the glossy kind)

Unfortunately I have yet to get any other pastels, but I've been meaning to try out some new ones so if I find a significant difference in performance I'll definitely mention it :3

Good luck on getting started
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Pixar-Pixie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Thank you so much for that info!
:D

I go shopping tomorrow!
>:D

I was actually lucky enough to chance upon a good selection of monster high dolls at my local store.
( Normally there is a really bad selection)
So I bought my first monster high doll,Draculaura.
( Though I just re-named her "Laura" as my friend did,as I do not like the "Dracu" in front of it..I also just made her the daughter of a vampire instead of Count Dracula due to my love of the original man)
;u;

Thank you so,so much!
:D
You've been so helpful,I'm very grateful.
8)
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