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!
Peachy Keen adds beautiful rosy and golden undertones to the lifelike baby doll. It's great for all your complexion layers and base coat! You can fine tune this recipe to your taste!
All you need is Flesh 08, Genesis Red and Raw Sienna!
We've finished and cured the Mottling, Veining and Blue Shading layers, we're done with everything needed to create the illusion of blood flowing under the skin. Now its time to add some skin!
Discover more ways to create dolls that look just like real babies! This article focuses on painting hands and feet for Bi-Racial, Latino, African, African-American or other baby of color.
In addition to the tips below, be sure to check out:
Creating your first African American reborn baby doll? Here's a quick tip for working with the premixed flesh tones.
Bountiful Baby offers premixed complexion paints from Flesh 02 (dark brown) to Flesh 08 (peach Caucasian).
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.