Spent some time this morning trying out the Ultimate Fusion paints. First photo shows my baby’s head with a couple washes next to the unpainted arms. Second photo shows the baby now after several washes. I started with a terracota type mix (best I could get to with the colors I have) and gave it 2 washes. Then I have been using shades of red, yellow, blue and purple. This is one of those really bland Bountiful Baby Realborn kits.
So this is my assessments so far first try:
As a long time user of air dry paints, I have never used any air paint quite like this. And I have tried a lot of them! The paints are truly translucent and you can thin them down just like Genesis and pretty much create the same kind of washes. I am taking their word on faith that washes this thin will not fade with these paints.
You can tell that the paints have some sort of medium in them that causes them to bind to the vinyl. I did not have any issue with beading myself. I brushed the paints on with a brush and then pounced them with a mop brush and wedge. Since the mixes are so thin, I found brushing them on was better than trying to put them on with a wedge.
These paints are pure in pigment and do not have a lot of white in them nor are they opaque. They dry to a relatively matte finish. This is HUGE for me! I have used one other brand of paint in the past that dried matte (BabyFX-discontinued now) but it was not as translucent as these are.
The only negative I have to say at this point about the paints is that I am still a little unsure of not priming the vinyl. I get that the formulation of these paints is designed to bond with the vinyl. However, it seems to me there could be some sort of primer made for them with the same formulation. I realize that MOST people hate to prime their vinyls and resist it like crazy.
There are some issues I did encounter that I feel sure priming would have solved. There have been 2 spots on my kit I can’t seem to get the paint to take well. One is on the baby’s left cheek and the other is a finger tip. The instructions say to use the shine remover on any spots you find that do not take the paint well. I tried that. It did not work so well on the cheek. I am not sure if it needed more dry time than the 20 mins I gave it or what. I did finally end up taking some paint straight from the bottle, undiluted, tipping a small brush in it then blotting the brush off and stippling a little color on the spot that way. I then let it dry a few mins and went over it with my dry mop brush to soften. That appears to have worked. I stopped painting at that point to let it cure some.
The 2nd issue I found was that the vinyl does not absorb the paint with the same intensity all over. Painting on bare vinyl such as this, I know the pigments are seeping into the vinyl and staining it. There are places where you get more stain than others. While babies, do not have flat even skin tones, I like to control where my baby has more undertones etc than others. Once again I wonder if priming the vinyl would solve this?
I have to study up on mixing for creases and veins. I seem to remember there being another product that can be used for this but it did not come in the beginners’ kit. I myself would rather have not had the brushes and had more mediums in my kit.
Overall, I am liking them so far.
Photos below taken in my craft room with no flash.