arainaii asked: Hi there! I just wanted to say, I love your repaints to death. They're so simple and smooth and beautiful. I'd join your giveaway, but I'd never be able to decide what doll to get done. I do have a question though: Do you have any tips for aspiring repainters? What mediums do you use, how do you remove the Mattel faces, any precautions, etc? Thank you ; v;
Aw oh gosh askdjglaks that’s so sweet thank you so much! :D I’m so glad you like them, that means a lot to me ;3;! Sorry for the long reply here, but I want to answer your questions the best I can! I also hope you don’t mind me publishing, but this info could be helpful to other people too. :3
I use watercolor pencils, soft pastels (make sure not to use oil pastels!), sometimes acrylic paint (I use artist or student grade paints, so I don’t know how cheap craft paints would be) with Liquitex Flow Aid so it isn’t all blobby during the painting process, and thin liner brushes. I’ve used an airbrush too, but this isn’t required. Better quality materials do make the process a bit easier, so if you want brands, I use Prismacolor watercolor pencils, sadly my soft pastels are old and without a label so I dunno what they are hahaha. My acrylic paints are mostly Academy brand, and the airbrush belongs to my friend so I dunno about her paints either. :p I also use Liquitex Gloss on lips and eyes, but this isn’t required; some people like the gloss look, some don’t. I seal with Mr. Super Clear, which I talked about in this post here!
A lot of my technique comes from a background of painting ABJDs. :D If you look at tutorials on Deviantart (search for BJD faceup tutorial or BJD painting tutorial) you’ll find a lot of great doll painting techniques! I also recommend watching the videos on YouTube by Andreja (I think her channel is NicollesDreams), since my process is pretty similar. :)
As for removing the factory paint, I use Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner. Get some on a cotton ball or q-tip, and rub on the face paint until it wipes off. :) Then wash the head with soap and water when the paint is all cleaned off! I just use a simple hand soap and haven’t had any problems there. Just make sure to rinse the soap off well. Avoid getting the paint remover on the hair and body too! If you do, just make sure to rinse it right away.
It helps to keep your hands clean, or else wear gloves. Oils from your skin can get on the doll and paint or dirt can stick to the oils and become apparent when you build up layers!
The most important tip I can give is that you have to be patient. Repainting may not come out perfect your first try, and that’s okay. The more you do it, the better you get at it. :) Hope that helps, I can’t wait to see your repaints! :D