maribabies wrote:Hi ladies! I’m so happy to find this site. Wanting to avoid as many mistakes as possible, researching all over the Internet and spending a small fortune, think I’m finally ready to start my first reborn using the LDC paints and Debbie’s wonderful tutorial on dolldreams.com. Before I start, want to make sure I have it right, so hope you can help me. Before any painting:
1. To prevent shine etc., first use Ceramcoat All-Purpose Sealer and should I use a brush for that, then pounce, or?
2. Next, when doing all painting, always mix in base matte and paint retarder into paint mixture?
3. Next, start with the green wash? I have doll kits, but also have 2 Berenguer SE dolls I’d like to do, but they’re pretty orange, so do I use a blue wash for them?
4. Use a “light touch” with these paints? I’ve read that they get darker/more intense color after about a week. Is that true?
5. After all painting is done, I know LDC paints don’t require a sealer afterward, but someone suggested it and I bought the Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish; would this be good or a mistake? If it’s a good thing to do, what’s the best way to apply it? Without any final sealer, do the LDC paints really last on the doll?
6. About neck rings, if I don’t use one, and the doll is stuffed and attached to the body correctly, will the head be ok with just a little natural “flop” to it or be like it has a broken neck? (I know the Berenguer SE doll needs an actual neck piece adapter, but does anyone know where to find them?)
7. About eye insertion, should they always go in from the back? If inserted through the front, will they have a “bulging eye” look?
I’m so sorry this is so long and just really need the answers; hopefully other beginners can benefit from this info too!
Thank you so much!
Okay Mari, I'll see what I can do here.
1. The BEST way to prevent shine when using any air dry paints is to first coat the vinyl with Genesis Matte Varnish (GMV). I have a tutorial on my blog on the best way to apply the GMV. If you do not desire to use an oven I have been trying out another medium in the LDC paints (omitting the LDC retarder and Base Matte) that has been quite successful leaving only a "dewy" moisture in some areas. Everyone who has seen the dolls painted this way loves them. You just simply replace the LDC retarder with Liquitex Ultra Matte Gel (LUMG) and add water just like before. You can get the LUMG from Dick Blicks.
2. If you are using LDC paints on bare vinyl, yes, you should use the base matte along with the retarder. Retarder or medium MUST be used with LDC paints or the paints will not cure properly and they could fade. The retarder is the key in allowing the paints to cure and keeping them steadfast. The Base Matte is not required but better results are obtained.
3. The green wash suggestion in the free tutorial on Doll Dreams was written at a time when the color of the vinyl was different than it is today. Today on most kits, I begin with a dark flesh and an open poured sponge but if you do find that you need to neutralize, then yes, choose a neutralizing color from your color wheel and begin there.
4. I think the words "light touch" were a poor choice to use for describing how to apply the paints. The paints will not become richer. They should stay the same as long as the retarder/medium mixture is correct and you will know it is correct by the east of the application of the paints.
Let me see if I can explain "light touch" better here. Applying paints in a multidimensional layering method as I do really takes a very light touch. It is not that the paints are rich or will become darker later, it is simply that if you PRESS the sponge onto the vinyl, the paint will all smoosh together and ruin the "texture" that you are trying to achieve. The multidimensional texture will be lost to a solid color. Holding the sponge paralle to the vinyl, touch the sponge to the vinyl as if you were touching a bubble but not popping it~very softly! In other words, act as if you are applying the paint to the bubble soft enough so that you do not pop the bubble. Make sure that the finger you support the sponge with does not jab the bubble. The paint will retain the nice texture from the sponge and your multidimensional tone will begin to develop.
5. The Delta sealer is okay but not the best~mostly due to how hard it is to apply to get it to be somewhat matte. A sealer is not needed with LDC paints. The paints WILL last when retarder or medium is used.
6. I don't use neck rings even if they come with the kit. Just don't see the need for them. As for the SE Berenguers, I seem to have lost track where to get the neck adapters for those. They are getting harder to find. They are mostly made of plumbing supplies though!
7. No eyes do not have to always go in from the back and no, they are not buggy unless the eyes you chose are too large. I don't ever put mine in from the front~it only took one tear of a beautifully painted and rooted doll to keep me from ever doing it again!
Hope this helps! (The link to my blog is in my siggy)
***Edited to correct a word choice and add more information***