I wanted to share for a moment, I discovered reborning around 2011 as a kid, desperately wanted one but knew my family could never afford one and I would never ask! So I found a berenger doll at a thrift store and was on my way, back then dolls were still being painted from the inside, I was using cheap craft paint as they were for myself. This is baby #1 n (she lost her arms sometime in the last ten years oops!)
After that I progressed to buying a kit, and baby #2
didnt turn out that bad! Though I do think that gloss may be nail polish I know it was on the first!
But oh lord none of the babies following were pretty, I’ve faded in and out of reborning and painting, though I think I’m finally ready to take this on and paint and sell babies, I have stripped my 10 or so kits each probably five or six times atleast, here are two of the few kits with paint intact from around 2016
For Christmas 2019 I splurged and bought paints that I love (though around 2015 I had switched from craft paints to artist grade paints) I have painted kits countless of times, thought I liked them, started the rooting process, and then hated them! And thus the cycle would continue, I didn’t reborn from 2017- December 2019, but in 2019 I was able to paint a not half bad (though she’ll be getting stripped) AA baby.
This week though I purchased a Levi kit and started working on her, and this is where I’m at so far!
she’s a long ways from being done, but gosh am I incredibly in love with this little girl! So my advice as an air dry artist would be, when you start getting frustrated, pack things up for a week, or a few days, or a few months or even years, buy some Windsor and Newton brush cleaner, read lots, absorb information, high quality materials can make all the difference, and if you love the idea of doing this, then just take breaks, strip all you need to, and know it’s going to take time, and that’s okay this is an art form of patience. if you take time away and after a few months don’t feel called back to it, then sell what you have, that’s alright to. But I really recommend not completely giving up, because this can be such a rewarding art form!