|A doll with lipstick stains|
|Photos from my doll books showing variations of this doll|
|Jointed waist dolls need a knot in the waist.|
|A baking soda scrub.|
|Rub on the stain over a small area.|
|Rub it in with tissues, repeating until no more will absorb.|
Now to stain the yellowed vinyl... For this doll it's a case of "the hair of the dog that bit you." Pick out a permanent lipstick (not lip gloss) color close to the color you want for your skin. If your lipstick is bright mix it with some petroleum jelly. Test it out on a hidden area of the skin and see if it's the color you want. If your lipstick isn't too dark you might be able to apply straight lipstick. Dab your lipstick on the doll, working in a small area at a time. Rub the stain into the vinyl using a tissue. Keep adding layers of stain until the vinyl is the color you want or no more color will absorb. Avoid areas you plan to paint after staining. Keep the process up until you have covered the entire doll and gotten her to the pigment you desire. The nice thing about this stain is that is is removable for a time. After a while, as you saw in the first photo, it will bleed into the skin and become almost permanent, but you have some time to change your mind if you wish.
|The stained and painted face|
Once you've finished staining the skin you can re-paint areas that need it, such as the mouth on this doll. I use water soluble oil paint. Before you paint go over the areas you plan to paint again just to make sure you've removed any lipstick and petroleum jelly that might cause the paint to flake off later. You can use doll cleaner for that or alcohol.