Selecting Your Paints
In picking my paints, I had to first consider how easy they are to work with, given I was so new to this art form. When I first started out, I chose to paint with Luminaire Air Dry paints. They were simple to use, required no extra equipment and were hypoallergenic. They turned out to be amazing to start off with! If you look carefully at the pictures of my dolls in the Nursery, you can see a similarity to the style and color palette of those Luminaire dolls. I tried to put the dolls order of their creation, with the newest dolls at the top and my earlier works at the bottom. I used Luminaire paints on all the dolls from Abbie to Faith.
After a year or so I craved something new. Something that I could use to get more color and even richer, deeper skin tones. So my next step was to move to BabyFX. Sadly, by the time I started painting my first BabyFX doll, they had shut down their business. But you can see that for the dolls Grant, Isaac, Oliver and Hazel, the warm red tones are more pronounced.
Finally, this Christmas I made the decision to commit to using Genesis Heat Set Paints. They are more expensive than other paints, require that you bake the kit in a dedicated oven after each layer of paint, and during the baking process, they give off toxic fumes, so the oven needs to be somewhere with very good ventilation. You can see that making this move meant I needed to make a lot of changes! I would have started with them, but the commitment of having to buy a separate counter-top oven was just too big. I am glad I started with air dry because it taught me many skills I still use now.
By far, these paints have been the most durable, but it is very hard to get an even coat for each layer My GHSP paints were used with Jordyn onward. I am excited to be able to bring a more durable and layered look to this next round of dolls, including the addition of some ethnic diversity.