I think your paint thinner may actually be the culprit. A thinner that dries too fast will become chalky before you can pounce it off. Mona Lisa is notorious for that and many reborn artists have stopped using that brand for that reason.
Bob Ross is a great, slow drying thinner that works well with the Genesis.
Another trick: try mixing your paint in a few ounces of Bob Ross thinner in an air tight jar. Add a drop (really, just one!) of Linseed Oil. Mix carefully and cap when not in use. Make sure you work in a well ventilated area, it's stinky stuff.
Between the slow-drying thinner and the Linseed Oil, your dolls should be chalkiness free!
Both Bountiful Baby and Authentic Reborn offer the Seven Flesh Colors; Flesh 02 - Flesh 08. Where's Flesh 01? I don't know. I have another post with more information about each complexion color and how it behaves on vinyl. I also have recommendations for how to use premixed complexion paints for African American, Biracial and Black Reborn Dolls. Here, I'll just touch on a few.
So, you bought the Bountiful Baby Beginner's Paint Set and the Genesis 5 Basic Colors Set. Now you're good to go, right? Probably. However, if you need to neutralize your vinyl, like blending your own colors or are working on an advanced Ethnic, African-American or Bi-Racial reborn doll, there are a few more paints you need to grab.
You have a few premixed options when painting hair and eyebrows.
All three are brown. Ethnic Brown is the darkest and easiest to work with. Brow Brown needs to be neutralized with blue before you use it. Brow Blonde looks more like a light brown than a blonde to me, but it is still a useful hair painting color.
If you like buying sets and you're going to buy the Starter Kit, I also suggest that you buy the Set of 5 Basic Genesis Colors. Every artist needs primary colors and this is an easy way to kick off your palette.
Years ago, I started reborning with a Bountiful Baby Beginner Kit. Though it does not contain absolutely everything you need, starter kits are great when a massive shopping list of supplies seems overwhelming. Before you start buying paints a la carte, let's see what's useful in the Starter Kit's Premixed Paint Set.
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.