USING THE NEW "ART & MAGIC OF REBORNING WATER BORNE ©" Air Dry Paints
Hello! First off let me say, I’m a novice when it comes to using air dry paints on reborn dolls. After I painted some experimental dolls and fiddled around with them for almost a year, I turned my friend, Debbie Henshaw of “They Never Grow Up Nursery” loose on them, as she is my “go to” expert on reborning with air dry type paints. In fact, she has a great new tutorial DVD (using LDC airdry paints). http://www.theynevergrowupnursery.com/reborning-dvd-course.html
So, Debbie helped me develop these paints and the results can be seen on her blog: http://theynevergrowupnursery.blogspot.com/2012/11/art-and-magic-water-borne-air-dry.html
Since this is a new venture for me here at HunnyBuns, I’m open to hearing how any of them might be improved. My expertise lies with Genesis ® Heatset Paints. For now, I’m taking the advice of those who use air dry paints to reborn their dolls. Hopefully as I get more experience with them, I will be able to write a new book and really do them justice.
In addition to my Pre-Blended Dollmaker’s Colors and/or the BASIC Paint Colors, you’ll want some Liquitex Ultra Matte Gel. Because it’s expensive and comes in a large container, I’ve broken it down into smaller sizes that you can purchase from me.
Also, I learned from Angie Jones of Lil’ Dumplins Nursery that Folk Art Glass and Tile Medium (which I stock) is a good product to use as a matte finish either under or on top of the paints: http://lildumplinsnursery.blogspot.com/2012/10/testing-folkart-glass-and-tile-medium.html
I had the opportunity to compare prepping the bare vinyl on one of my own kits with Genesis Matte Varnish, and another with Folk Art Glass & Tile Medium. I prefer the Folk Art prep to the Matte only because the Matte definitely creates more texture on the bare vinyl and the WaterBorne paints "grab" quickly and are difficult to get off if you make a mistake.
The other observation is, the Genesis Matte KEPT multiple layers of WaterBorne paint from getting any shine, which is good. The Folk Art prepped doll did begin to show shininess once I began to do rooting. But! Glass & Tile Medium will also do a great job of removing excess shine when used as a final top coat. Just sponge it on very lightly with a smooth cosmetic sponge (do not pounce!!) anywhere you want it to look less shiny.
MATERIALS & SUPPLIES:
- You can use any type palette for these paints
- Purified or distilled water to thin
- Liquitex or other art grade, acrylic Retarding Fluid is a good idea to slow down evaporation of the paint ON the doll as well as in the palette.
- Ultra Matte Gel (sold in 2 sizes on my website) Ultra Matte Gel is GREAT to mix in small amounts with your final WaterBorne layers to create a softer, velvety finish.
- Sponges: cosmetic wedges and natural sea sponges or cellulose sponges torn into small pieces about 2 inches across. The new honeycomb sponges are awesome! Demonstrated on Debbie Henshaw's painting DVD, and I carry them now too.
- “Art & Magic Water Borne © Paints”
First, the Good News :-)
- You can work on your kit without trips to the oven. Generally, the layers dry within a few minutes and you may proceed. (Debbie adds: "I made it a habit NOT to put layer upon layer at the same moment.") As with Genesis painting, apply one small area of paint at a time and try not to over-paint it immediately in order not to muddy up your color layers.
- It takes 24-48 hours for your kit to fully cure or dry. Rooting can take place after this time. On humid days, you may find that your kit needs a little more time. The use of a heatgun, set on low, can help.
- You don’t have to turn your oven on!
Then the “Bad News” -_-
- You’ll need brushes not used for Genesis Heatset Paints (or any type of oil paint) in the past – or make sure you have washed yours very thoroughly with dishwashing detergent so that no synthetic oil residue remains in the brush at all.
- I've had issues with various containers leaking. Currently I'm using PET .5 ounce jars with lined lids, and also the 5 gm PET petite jars with lined lids. Feedback welcomed!
- Since these are AIR DRY paints, you won't be able to leave them on your palette, but will have to store the leftover thinned paints in airtight jars. You can purchase several sizes of jars from HunnyBuns Reborn Supply. I also carry a neat new palette that has 12 little jars with snap tops on it. Seems custom-made for these paints.
If you’ve been using Genesis ® Heatset Paints you will find that mixing the colors is quite similar. Application is also similar. I use the same types of brushes for the WaterBorne colors as I do Genesis.
The biggest difference? Instead of using Odorless Mineral Spirits to thin the paints, now you’ll use water and whatever various acrylic mediums you desire. And of course - not baking. Woo hoo!! You just got your kitchen back.
Attached to this sheet is a color comparison chart to help ease the transition from Genesis ® to “Art & Magic WaterBorne ©” Colors.
For more experienced artists who prefer to blend their own palette, I offer the Basic Colors, both individually and as a set. For those who appreciate having Pre-Blended colors, I offer those as well. The range matches some of the original Genesis ® colors or my own Pre Blended Art & Magic GENESIS colors. Even if you buy the Pre-Blended Colors, I suggest you get the BASIC colors – at the very least, Basic Red, Yellow Ochre and Basic Black – to tweak the Pre-Blended Colors.
1. To get a fast and easy Crease color, or Lip Shading color, you can add a tiny bit of Basic Black to the WB Blush/Lip Color. In the same way you can add a touch of Basic Black to the Flesh colors to darken them further. You get the idea!
2. To get a Medium Flesh tone, you can mix the Light and Dark Flesh together.
3. To get a nice Neutral brown for eyebrows, mix a tiny bit of Basic Blue in with Basic Brown until you get the shade you like. Many browns turn reddish when thinned down and painted on vinyl doll kits.
4. To get a good starting flesh tone wash (like Debbie shows on her DVD) you can mix the Basic Red with a touch of Basic Brown and Basic Black and thin it down into a wash.
- The Intermediate Purple wash was developed to go with the Precious Little Baby Dust DVDs. If you’ve seen them, you’ll understand. If not, basically you use a really thinned down, barely visible pinkish-purple wash in between flesh layers and blush layers. Use it just once and see the difference it makes. Amazing.
- I apply all colors with a torn cosmetic sponge, honeycomb sponge or a brush, just like I do with my Genesis paints.
- I thin WaterBorne paints with distilled water to about the same consistency as I do Genesis. In other words, usually VERY thin and transparent.
- “Art & Magic Water Borne ©” Acrylic Lip and Nail Shine is intended to be used straight from the jar with no additional medium needed. It has a soft glossy shine already.
- The color correcting mint green, blue undertone and purple wash all should be well diluted with pure water into a thin, transparent wash of color.
- These paints dry faster than Genesis do, of course, but if you need to wipe them off or rework any layer, I have found if you work fast with a wet brush, sponge or swab, it will come back off. After it sits for a little while it seems to be permanent.
- If you really mess up, Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner (nontoxic, biodegradable, no fumes) will remove all layers of WB paint down to bare vinyl. I sell WN Brush cleaner.
- These paints have been developed from a line of French vinyl paints specifically designed to dry to a matte finish. That said, we found that on our dolls after a few layers, a little shine develops. This is where a dab of the Folk Art Glass & Tile Medium will help, if you find areas of your doll too shiny for your liking. OR you can add small amounts of Ultra Matte Gel to your final layers of paint (just blend it in by the brushful to your color, right on the palette).
- No final sealant is needed. But if it makes you feel better, the Folk Art Glass and Paint Medium has been recommended as a prep coat (for bare vinyl) AND as a matte, velvety finish.
- About adding mediums: Retarding Fluid is the only one I've tried so far. It's supposed to help the paint dry SLOWER. I expected it to make a huge difference, but it really doesn't. We tried using Winsor Newton Retarding Fluid, and it was “ok” but I don’t think it’s essential. I've also used Liquitex Brand Retarding Fluid – if you have Retarding Fluid, you can try it and see what you think. Your mileage may vary. Keep in mind that I’m adding a little of this retarder to all my paint batches, so go easy when you add more.
That’s all for now. I can’t wait to get your honest feedback! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hunnybunmama@gmail
(last updated Aug 2013)