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Hi!

I am getting things together for my first OC.

My focus right now is:
Paint.

I will not be painting the body/skin. Just the face.

So...
I know people use acrylic paints and often seal it with matte or something after every coat or two. So my questions are:
Do you mix your paints with water?
Should i use a different sealant for the top coat of the eyes and lips? (Because i know people like to seal the entire face with matte or something not shiny before they paint)
Where can i find sealants and chalk pastels?

Thanks to anyone who replies.

P.S.

My local craft stores are

  • Hobby Lobby
  • Micheal's (I think)
  • Joann Fabrics

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Hey there! I think i can answer some of your questions. I dont mix my paints with water, i believe it is better to do without. I use the same sealant for the eyes as the rest of the face i dont remember what its called but i found it at Michael's. Also, chalk pastels can be found at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Hope this helped :)

 

~SpectraLuvver101~

For the paints if they are thick use an acrylic medium to thin them. I'm not sure what those would be called exactly but they will thin the paint and keep the pigment from being diluted like it does with water. 

The sealant of choice, I think, is usually MSC, which is Mr. Super Clear. It can be bought online, but for people that don't buy online there's Testors Dullcote. I use that for my dolls. The Testor's can be bought at Hobby Lobby in the model car area. 

Just letting you know, there are mixed reviews on the Testor's Dullcote, so use that at your own risk.

Also keep asking around. I'm pretty sure other people know more about this stuff than I do.

Thanks this clears a lot of my questions up

SpectraLuvver101 said:

Hey there! I think i can answer some of your questions. I dont mix my paints with water, i believe it is better to do without. I use the same sealant for the eyes as the rest of the face i dont remember what its called but i found it at Michael's. Also, chalk pastels can be found at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Hope this helped :)

 

~SpectraLuvver101~


Okay, thanks. I always wondered where in stores you found sealers.
Chris said:

For the paints if they are thick use an acrylic medium to thin them. I'm not sure what those would be called exactly but they will thin the paint and keep the pigment from being diluted like it does with water. 

The sealant of choice, I think, is usually MSC, which is Mr. Super Clear. It can be bought online, but for people that don't buy online there's Testors Dullcote. I use that for my dolls. The Testor's can be bought at Hobby Lobby in the model car area. 

Just letting you know, there are mixed reviews on the Testor's Dullcote, so use that at your own risk.

Also keep asking around. I'm pretty sure other people know more about this stuff than I do.

Hi,

     Just adding my experience here.

I use acrylic paints, mostly Liquitex brands. Liquitex also has a cheaper brand called "Basics" that works very well.  I have an acrylic extender that I have thinned paints down with but I've never been too happy with it. Most of the time I thin the paint down with water and have not experienced any decreases in pigment when doing so. I seal only after I am finished painting, not before or between coats of paint.  I use acrylic sealers found in the same area with the acrylic paint.  I have repainted dolls that were painted over 13 years ago that still look as fresh and gorgeous as the day I painted them. I've never used MSC or Testors so I cannot say how well they work.

I buy my paint, sealants, brushes and pastels mostly at Hobby Lobby.  Every week they have a 40% off coupon that you can print from their website. Great to use on the more expensive paints, brushes, and pastels.   

Wow, thanks!

Michelle said:

Hi,

     Just adding my experience here.

I use acrylic paints, mostly Liquitex brands. Liquitex also has a cheaper brand called "Basics" that works very well.  I have an acrylic extender that I have thinned paints down with but I've never been too happy with it. Most of the time I thin the paint down with water and have not experienced any decreases in pigment when doing so. I seal only after I am finished painting, not before or between coats of paint.  I use acrylic sealers found in the same area with the acrylic paint.  I have repainted dolls that were painted over 13 years ago that still look as fresh and gorgeous as the day I painted them. I've never used MSC or Testors so I cannot say how well they work.

I buy my paint, sealants, brushes and pastels mostly at Hobby Lobby.  Every week they have a 40% off coupon that you can print from their website. Great to use on the more expensive paints, brushes, and pastels.   

I use acrylics no specific brand though, I usually just go for the color I`m looking for. Pure Acetone for removing paint.

I found my pastels at Micheal`s but they were called 'Soft Pastels' they were right next to the water colour pencils

which you can use on your dolls too.

I use gloss varnish for the lips, matte for the rest. But I've found I like the gloss much more.

The sealants in Micheal`s should be with the acrylic`s.

I haven`t found sealants in WalMart and I've only bought from Micheal`s.

Oh, and if you want to use a paint thinner you could always use Windex. [ sounds crazy but it worked for me just fine and I've seen a few people use it too]

EDIT: I forgot to mention, I only seal after I`m all done painting and it has dried nicely.

Thanks :)

VoltageBoltz said:

I use acrylics no specific brand though, I usually just go for the color I`m looking for. Pure Acetone for removing paint.

I found my pastels at Micheal`s but they were called 'Soft Pastels' they were right next to the water colour pencils

which you can use on your dolls too.

I use gloss varnish for the lips, matte for the rest. But I've found I like the gloss much more.

The sealants in Micheal`s should be with the acrylic`s.

I haven`t found sealants in WalMart and I've only bought from Micheal`s.

Oh, and if you want to use a paint thinner you could always use Windex. [ sounds crazy but it worked for me just fine and I've seen a few people use it too]

EDIT: I forgot to mention, I only seal after I`m all done painting and it has dried nicely.

I use Liquitex Professional Artist Quality Heavy Body acrylics (they range in price from $6-$15+CAD for a 2oz tube depending on the colour/series)... before I bought them I went to a specialty art supply store (not Michaels) and spoke in length to one of the people there.  He recommened thinning the paints with water and that is what I do... he had also never heard of thinning the paints with windex.
I was using craft acrylic (dollar store, walmart etc) and the difference between these and quality acrylics are the amount of pigment, the quality of pigment, and how long the colour will maintain its original colour.
I've used Testor's Dullcote to seal.
I've used Mod Podge brush on gloss on the lips and eyes, but I've just bought some "Liquitex gloss medium and varnish".
I bought my brushes off of ebay from a seller called "hoard*bits"... he had brushes in sizes 20/0, 30/0, and 40/0 - which are absolutely miniscule, but perfect for painting tiny features.

Before buying at Michaels, compare prices with a local specialty art supply store... I just realized that the products at my Opus Framing and Art Supply store are about 40% cheaper at regular price than Michaels regular prices (I assume Michaels does this to compensate for their 40% off coupons)

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