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Repaint tutorial - Part 2 by Amber-Honey Repaint tutorial - Part 2 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 1:[link]


Took me a little extra time, but here it is! I really hope this is helpful ^^ And I have to say, while ubiquitous, the mantra "practice makes perfect" is very true. Don't give up!
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Saicee Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is fantastic :) Im starting to get into collecting dolls and doing repaints recently :D
Question though, if I just wanted to onlyrepaint parts of the face (i.e not removing the original, just enhanching) could I do that? And seal that specific part with a varnish or certain sealer? Thanks!
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the compliment!

You could try to put masking tape around the area you want to seal so that the sealant doesn't land anywhere else, if it's a thin coat the sealant probably won't stick out much. 
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throughcatseyes22 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Cool thanks do you know how to put different hair on her
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These kits come with their own wigs, but you can buy wigs online (measure the circumfrence of your doll's head in inches and you'll find many in that size) or you can reroot them (there are many rerooting tutorials available online)
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Aizcube Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial! Just tried my first faceup today (without any sealant tho as I will be getting mr Super Clear on Tuesday! :DD ) and I'm just wondering what distance you should keep from the doll while spraying? I know that you wrote that there should be about a 30 cm distance when there's glitter on the face, but when you're just spraying for a base and in between? :3 
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there! For regular spraying between layers, about elbow length should do. Afterward, for the shimmer, just a couple cm further (maybe 10) is fine~
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nezumimecelaw Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I have been looking for a good tutorial like this, so i can start a new hobby.
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SunreiCreations Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Second doll repaint, tried it with just the fixative this time. [link]
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's a lot of improvement already! Again, thanks for sharing ^^ You're doing much better than me when I started (I promise!) so I'm sure with every try you'll definitely improve *u*
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SunreiCreations Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is my first repaint attempt! the before and after shot [link]
I wanted her eyes to look slightly more natural, I should have went against the original shape of the mold. Also, I painted her with binder, added the pastel to it when wet ( which I probably shouldnt have done in hindsight) and used a fixative on her when I was done.

I really love how you paint eyes T.T So expressive, hard to achieve. I couldn't find Mr Sealant, and even with the binder on it was hard to get the pastels to stick, tried mixing the pastels with the binder but it looked shiney and it peeled off o.o after getting the base color on it was slightly easier to get the other colors to stick, provided I mixed water with the powdered watercolor pencils.

I'm going to have to try experimenting more, thank you again for uploading your tutorial, it gave me confidence to try this even though I ended up deviating in some ways.
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(sorry for my delayed response! been having spotty internet, lately!)

Thanks for sharing with me :] I really love her eye design and the overall idea of a sweet face! I think it's very tasteful and fits her sculpt well.

I can definitely see that there may have been a struggle with the base binding material you used because it's creating a thick texture on the surface. But, I think if you can get a hold of some sealant that'll be fixed immediately and you'll be able to make your design more solid and cleaned up! C:

Do keep working at it!
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SunreiCreations Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for your feedback:)
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SunreiCreations Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so cool, I went to Toys R Us the other day and saw that the Laguna blue Doll had little webbed hands. What paint do you use if you wanted to change the base color of the doll? You mentioned that the sealant would burned th plastic on the dolls body.
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there! The sealant does not melt the plastic, it's the acetone used to remove the face make-up that can damage the body. The sealant is safe to use for body blushing ^^ Unfortunately I have no experience in changing their skin color- you may have to look elsewhere to find resources for that. My apologies!
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SunreiCreations Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for your reply:) your tutorial is really helpful, don't apologise! I guess I'll have up go through some trial and error,as with trying anything new:)
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SunreiCreations Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
woops! edit *the nail varnish should not get on the dolls body. I wanna repaint the Laguna Blue Doll a more fleshy human color cos shes blue now. Do I just use the same technique using the pastels?
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TraditionalBebeDoll Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've always wanted to try re-painting a doll. This gave me some great information on how to. Thanks!
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for your comment ^^ I'm more than glad to share what I can <3
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TraditionalBebeDoll Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Other than the highlight of the eye, did you use paint at all? Or did you use only pencil between the sealant layers?
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nope, I still don't use acrylic paint for much more than the highlights ^^ Sometimes I need it for maybe metallic accents, but if something isn't as vibrant as I'd like it I just work on layering with sealant. It makes everything nice and flat, where acrylics can feel thick unless you can do most of the work on one layer (which I'm not very good at)
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TraditionalBebeDoll Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Have you ever used a fixative as a sealant? I was looking through my supplies and found fixatives for paintings and drawings. Do you think they'll work?
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unfortunately, no :< I have some fixative that I use for my art classes, and they are just too different. I've also read from multiple other repaint artists that fixatives like that just flake too easily or come out very shiny. I can't particularly recommend them ^^;
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MySweetQueen-Dolls Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
question again (sorry): how much time do you wait betweem each sealant coat with the eyes? I mean in the paint the iris > sealant > paint the pupil< for example
I heard you have to wait an hour after each time you use the sealant, but it sounds like eternity :s
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a really good question! I've actually only read something like that once, and then somewhere else a BJD face-up artist mentioned she only waits about half an hour. But I only wait 10-15 minutes and everything always turns out perfectly fine. I'm not sure what factors contribute to wait time (like climate) but as long as the sealant isn't wet or being scraped off when you try to do layers, it should be alright :] I don't suggest waiting any LESS than 10 minutes, though, because the sealant does need time to dry completely.
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MySweetQueen-Dolls Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
nice :D
I tried today and yeah, 10 minutes is more than enough! I think it dries even faster, but I won't take risk at the moment.
thanks again for your tips!
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I've read somewhere that nail polish can give a nice look to the lips, have you tried that?
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there, unfortunately I can't recommend Nail Polish as a good medium to use for painting. It can stain your doll :<
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. Thanks =)
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CocoaSmiles Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
k so waiiit...u used penicle on it?? Oo
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Edisasexychibi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
What a great tutorial. I just bought my first one today, and as soon as I have the supplies, I'd like to try my hand at repainting her.

Your tutorial really helped to show me that those lovely repaints I see are an attainable goal for me with enough practice.
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FrankieNadine Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
I have a question,
you take the heads off while painting?
Or do you only do that with CAM dolls?
I have been experiencing msc sealant cracking when reattaching the head :|
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I leave the heads on the normal dolls, but with the CAM dolls I slightly cut a slit or two inside the neck where the vinyl is supposed to 'hold' onto the neck (I'm not removing any vinyl so the head still fits snug). It's hard to describe, but this way the sealant doesn't crack or stretch. It happened to me my first time and I was definitely bummed out!
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SpinyDollies Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What kind of gloss do you use for these?
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's called Tamiya X-22 :]
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SpinyDollies Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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FireIvy Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I used Loew Cornell pencils and it dosnet even show up! :'(
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not all watercolor pencils will work on Vinyl. Like your Loews, most don't show up, even with the sealant sprayed. I use Derwent brand but I can't vouch for any other brands.
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I have a box of Caran D'ache watercolor pencils, they have really strong pigments, I'll tell you the results when I try them ;)
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TaerilynCobb Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fabulous tutorial I'll definitely be using soon. Going to do my first doll custom ever, a Ghoulia I'm turning into Emily from the Corpse Bride. This stuff is already so fun! ^^
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I hope it ends up being very useful for you! It's really fun, I agree! xD I hope you enjoy it as much, too~
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Shadowhardt Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
awesome tut! what brand pastels do you use?
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I mostly use Michaels pastels, Artist Loft brand. I have some other ones that are also really nice, but I threw away their wrappers so I have no idea what they're called anymore ; ^;
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Now this is really an awsome tutorial! Thank you for sharing your secrets :hug:

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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the kind comment! Always appreciated ^^ <3
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Dollinator Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oooh so ze secret is that pearl thingie .... i just love how your dolls have that magic about them :D and the sealant - yes definitely good thing you stressed the many layers !
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, now you know xD
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blahblahbots Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist
yay! part two!
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Amber-Honey Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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