Golden Fleece Boutique

Custom Pan Pastel Palette

Kirsten Guerrero2 Comments

Pastels are my fave! They provide a smooth finish that's great for creases, shading, and blushing. My favorite brands are Rembrandt and Unison, but lately I've been experimenting with recently popular Pan Pastels. Many reborn artists are using them now, as they have superior pigment load. Due to their incredible strength, you have to mix them with Colorless Blender (also made by Pan Pastel). Reborn artist April Yap created a beautiful, FREE tutorial for reborning with Pan Pastels that you can find here:

I've been playing around with different ratios of blender and various colors mixed together. I don't measure anything, so I can't tell you exact recipes. But I don't like all that loose powder floating around. (Did you know pastel dust is harmful to inhale? Yep. Don't do it.) I've figured out a way to make a clean, covered, powder-free palette of custom colors! 


Step 1

Mix up your batch-o-color. I start with the Colorless Blender and gradually add color. Use a palette knife or other thin, rigid tool to scrape powder from the cake. Always start with your lighter, less intense colors. It's much easier to darken a batch than lighten it!  I test the mix as I go on a practice limb until I'm happy with the color. Make sure it's mixed well and there are no big chunks of pastel.



Step 2

Add isopropyl alcohol. Again, I just eyeballed this. I used a plastic pipette. Mix thoroughly, making sure there are no lumps. I used a silicone tool, but if you don't have one you can use your finger. You want a consistency like thin pudding.  



Step 3

Pour into the well of a clean palette. I like the simple white plastic 10-well palette with a lid. You can find them at art supply or craft stores. Let it dry, and you're ready to go! I like to label the palette with colors I used in the mix. If you change colors later, sharpie can be cleaned off the palette with rubbing alcohol.



I hope this is helpful! Here are the colors I used in the palette shown above (mixed together in different ratios):

Magenta extra dark

Red iron oxide shade

Burnt sienna shade

Permanent red

Ultramarine Blue (Rembrandt brand) 


P.S. You can also use rubbing alcohol to fix shattered pan pastels...and pressed powder makeup!  



A fellow artist pointed out that isopropyl alcohol strips acrylic paint. I use Genesis Heat Set Paint, so this method of creating custom pastel palettes using alcohol has NOT been tested on air dry/acrylic. When in doubt...consult with your test limb! 😉 

Technology is our friend...

Kirsten GuerreroComment

This blog has been quiet...because I didn't know how to set it up properly! There has been a lot of research and skill building involved in starting this business, and some of it has been pushed to the back burner for a while. I think I have it set up now to email content to subscribers properly.

I have lots of plans for future posts, fun promotions, and contests! Time is in short supply for me, but winter/spring/summer breaks mean mohair and blog time for this busy teacher. Thanks for following along on the journey! And please let me know if you experience any weirdness with your email...

Happy rooting, y'all! :) 

Free Needles!

Kirsten GuerreroComment

Great news-- the rooting needles have arrived! I've decided to stock only a limited selection of sizes and styles that work best with Golden Fleece Boutique hair. When I first began reborning, I remember how daunting my first needle purchase was. What gauge is best? What is the difference between crown and forked? Why the heck are there so MANY?? I spent a lot of time and wayyyy too much money ordering needles that just did not suit my purposes. 

I hope the descriptions for each needle are clear. I plan to create some tutorials on selecting needles, the differences between them, which is best for which hair, how to pierce your ears...whoa whoa whoa! Just kidding ;)

In celebration of new needles and of YOU and your artistry, I'd like to give you a free needle with every batch of mohair purchased! If you want to specify which needle you'd like, please email your request to when you place your order. Otherwise I'll surprise you!

This special will run from

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 to Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

So I guess I can no longer say that everything on this site is handmade. But that's ok, yeah? More rooting supplies have been ordered and are headed this way! I'm going to keep the type of supplies a surprise. (Surprises are fun) If you haven't already, be sure to subscribe to this blog/newsletter for the latest updates and specials.

Happy rooting! :)


We're here!

Kirsten GuerreroComment

First of all, I want to say thank you. It has been through your support and encouragement that Golden Fleece Boutique has gone from one old chipped enamel pot, an ounce of dirty mohair from eBay, and some coffee grounds- to a thriving business that satisfies my need to create!

My ultimate goal is to offer a place where we can all showcase our work, as well as providing you with the very best products and tools to create your art. I began this adventure by refining the perfect Golden Fleece Mohair and soon branched out to include Golden Fleece Pygora and Golden Fleece Suri Alpaca. There is much more in the works, and I can't wait to see it all unfold!

The doll community is like no other. We are a supportive group of artists who choose to help each other rather than compete. I am happy to bring you a resource for learning and inspiration, and a hub for advertising your business. In order for this to work, we all have to spread the word! Share my "Customer Work" Gallery on Facebook, pin your favorite dolls and hair on Pinterest, tell your customers and fans about this new space. I appreciate your support, and I will reciprocate in whatever way I can! 

Hugs and happy rooting,