Blushing for a cloth dolls

DOLL MAKING TIPs

    The other time I mentioned to talk a bit more about blushing for cloth dolls. So, let it be today.
We all probably know that blushing can make a huge difference to a doll's face. In this post, I would like to talk about blushing for cloth dolls - brands, colours, how to apply etc.


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    The most natural and widely used blush for Waldorf and other types of cloth dolls is beeswax crayons. Personally, I use Stockmar crayons. These crayons are used in Steiner schools all over the world for their brilliant, pure and translucent colours.  (but there are other brands as well, just check what is available in your country). They come in a big range of colours and you can choose between blocks or sticks. Another great thing about them that you can just buy single crayons. Most of the doll supply stores stock them, plus here are Etsy shops. Personally, I prefer to shop around and can buy mine for as little as $2 AUD for one crayon. For my Australian readers, you can just check this store (Note: I have nothing to do with the shop, just sharing what I know).


    If you are taking doll making seriously then these two colours are the must-have - Pink-red and orange-red. Occasionally I can even blend two colours together but most of the time controlling the intensity of the colour pigment while applying the blush would be enough to get the desired result. For some mums who do not want overspend single crayon in red will work just fine for any type of cloth doll.
    So let's talk a bit more about different blush colours and combinations of them with different skin tones and hair colours.

Orange-Red blush

    Personally, I love this blush colour a lot. And it can make work some tricky skin/hair/eye colour combos, it just unites them easily. I heard that some doll makers think that blonde hair/light skin/brown eyes don't work well together so my suggestion would be - try a bit of orange-red blush and see it work.
    Below I have done some graphics to show different dolls with an orange-red blush on them. It is important to control the intensity of blush colour as well, redheads love to have more intense/rich blush.
    You can experiment with areas of blushing as well. If your doll has big babyish cheeks try to apply blush on a lower part of it so you will highlight it even more. If the doll smiles applying the blush below the eye line and above the nose can make her look even happier, you can add freckles and it will be a total win.
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    For any type of redheads I simply all the time use orange-red, it works well.


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Pink-red blush

    This blush is very popular as well. You can see how it works on darker skin as well as light skin dolls. If you have a doll with a big contrast between skin and hair, like dark brown almost black hair and very light skin, this colour would work the best, think of Snow White as an example.



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How to apply blush


    Let's say you have chosen the blush and it is time to apply it. But how?! Never do it straight from the crayon itself. You can rub it onto a piece of cotton tricot or my favourite - piece of wool. I don't remember where I first saw it but it must be somewhere and I love this and can recommend to everybody give it a try. It is very soft and gentle application, it will not disturb/peel the skin fabric and you can easily control the intensity.
    So, just take a piece of wool and rub-rub into crayon and with this sponge gently apply the blush, circular motions are the best. 
    I need to mention that over the time the blush will fade away and you will need to re-apply it, that is why most of the makers send their dolls with an additional piece of skin fabric with blush applied to it. This happened with my son's beloved doll Tommy and I took it as a chance to make a little video of blush application. Enjoy it and let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.




Happy doll making!

Cheers,

Olga

Olga Efimova

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