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!
Picture this: You've been reborning your doll kit for weeks, meticulously adding one layer of paint to the other until your doll looks just like a real baby. When you're all done, you decide to protect all your hard work with the Genesis Heat Set Matte Varnish, just like the tutorial told you to. You take a break, come back to inspect your work and find your baby frozen in white matte varnish crisps. Hours of work ruined! What are you going to do??! Click "Read More" to find out!
You've been rooting for hours. Things are looking good. Then a glimmer of scalp catches your eye.
What is that? Could it be? Yes, it is! Its a bald spot! A BALD SPOT. Hours of rooting mysteriously disappeared. Its enough to make a grown woman cry. Here are things to look out for to ensure bald spots do not happen to you.
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.