Opinions on air dry


#1

Thinking about going to air dry. Looking for suggestions on the best one to use. Hopefully there’s one that goes on as smooth as heat set


#2

I’ve never used heat set but I love my Liquitex Professional Soft Body and Heavy Body paints. I mix the colors with a little Liquitex Ultra Matte Gel and water. I seal with Americana Decor Soft Touch Varnish. I purchase everything at Michael’s.


#3

You can get the paints also at michaels? Do you think I could see one of your babies made with this?


#4

Do a search here and you will find tons of posts on air dry paints being discussed. Everyone has their favorite. I write a blog on air dry paints. I use RebornFX for the most part now that BabyFX went out of business. I have tried many others as well.

http://lildumplinsnursery.blogspot.com/


#5

I have only tried 2, Liquitex, SB and HB, is my favorite!


#6

i use cheair, and love it


#7

These are some of my Liquitex babies. I get all my suppliesd, including the paints, at Michael’s.


#8

I have used many other brands of air dry paint, but Liquitex soft body is my favorite. Here are some of my reborns that I painted with the Liquitex soft body.




#9

What medium do you mix with your paints?


#10

Not sure who you’re asking but I only use a little Liquitex Ultra Matte Gel and distilled water. Nothing else.


#11

I use the same. Liquitex ultra matte gel and distilled water.


#12

Hmmmm. Maybe I will have to try when my baby fx runs out. I did buy a crimson and black to use since I don’t have those colors.


#13

Does it not bead up? I used an air very a year ago and it would bead up


#14

Awe! My baby Eugene :heart:


#15

The Ultra Matte Gel gives the paint “tooth” to stick to the vinyl.


#16

The first layer does sometimes, I also mix in a bit more medium to the first layer and it encourages the paint to stick better. After that, no problem.


#17

I’ve used miracle blend for a while now, but am considering switching to liquitex. Mostly because they’re easier to get.

Meg here was painted with miracle blend.


#18

Most of the time my 1st layer will bead up. I try not to over saturate my paint brush with the paint mix, but use a thin layer. I have found that it is easier to blend and pounce the paint mix with a large mop or kabuki brush instead of sponges. It also allows you to pounce out the paint in the creases at the same time.


#19

Do you guys add anything to the vinyl before paint to help it stick. …like a matte varnish? What about a tiny bit of thinner to the paint mix, I read on another forum a few did that also…


#20

I just mix my first paint layer with Liquitex Ultra Matte Gel and lately Ive been using Golden Satin Glazing liquid and I also have some Golden Liquid Matte medium coming in the mail, on advice from @anjsmiles. After that first layer there is no problem with the paint not sticking. Like @rainbow I only use a sponge to pat around and mop up drips and then I use the Kabuki brushes as well. I use a brush to put my paint on, then the sponge a bit and then the big brush to blend it in. I mainly use make up brushes, they tend to work better, all the mop brushes I have bought shed too much.