I must confess: I used to be pretty ambivalent about paint sealant and skin texturing. I once went to a doll show where almost every baby I handled felt a little like fine grit sandpaper. I appreciated the need to seal, but I was not feeling the texture.
A few months later, I finally found a solution!
After much research and experimentation, I found a way to dilute and pigment the matte varnish that removes both the gritty texture and the white flakiness that makes many of us avoid sealing altogether.
Disclaimer: This isn't the "Best" or "Correct" way to seal and texture your doll. But I've been able to successfully achieve beautiful and soft results. So try it, modify it and let me know what you come up with!
Follow-up: Since this post I have discovered new tools and a new recipe to create flawless skin texturing even faster. Be sure to check out Skin Texturing and Sealing Part 2 as soon as you finish here!
Why and How to Seal
As outlined in the Baby Doll Care Guide, vinyl is easily stained by common objects like newspaper, dark fabrics, nail polish and you name it. Anything pigmented can stain the doll. Sealant gives the vinyl some protection against that as well a providing another barrier between your painting and things that might scratch it.
At the same time, the stuff you use to seal the paint can also be used to give the doll a "skin texture."
If you can stay awake (I can't), the video below shows in detail how I seal and texture my dolls. Or use the links below to skip to the chapter most relevant to you:
Summary and Video Clips:
Creating the "Secret Sauce"
Here's how I make the stuff I used in the previous video. Experiment with the recipe, add or subtract ingredients, keep playing with it until you love it! Then come back and share how you did it. :) I love learning new techniques!
Be sure to check out Skin Texturing and Sealing Part 2 as soon as you finish here!
What about Dewey Medium?
Does your "Secret Sauce" work with the PLBD Skin Texture Tool?
I used the GHSP Matte Varnish to seal the paint and it left a rough white film on the doll. How do you get rid of it?
What's in Your "Secret Sauce?"
Hi! I am Kim. I've been creating dolls all my life. I started stuffing cotton balls into my mom's pantyhose when I was a little girl. Now I hand-craft dolls that look and feel like real babies.