I do think many like Baby FX, but I have been using air dry since I started painting and Baby FX did not exist then. I bought some to try, but am so used to what I have been using. I mix my own for the most part, but do LOVE the Luminaire lip paints and use them without problems.
I would like to know also about the Liquitex soft body paints. I want to try air dry but am a little hesitant about how long the paints last. Cost is a factor for me. Genesis as you know lasts forever!! Seems like the air dry get used up pretty quickly----am I wrong? Helen, here’s a question for you. What is it that you use up the quickest in your air dry??
No Lynn, you’re not wrong. I’ve only had to replace two of my original Genesis paints in three years, but with the FX, I have already replaced flesh and thin skin. (They were the small size though). Beause they dry on your palette if you are not careful, you sometimes lose paint. I’ve taken to mixing mine in jars that seal tight so I can keep them from doll to doll. I also cover any colors I have mixed on my palette. I use plastic wrap to keep them overnight, etc. But still, the paints seem to go really fast. I think FX should have been put out in larger containers in the first place. Sometimes it feels like it’s all about money, money, money… sigh.
Here is a sample of cher air paint and baby fx. one drop straight from the bottle smeared. As you can see fx is very concentrated–right side. not sure how consistency compares with genisis.i never tried it. maybe this would help with transition. if you use geneis maybe you could do the same for me. That would give me perspective on what everyone else deals with.
i only use luminaires, i love them. they are priced well and last a long time. my 2 cents worth.
I am not Jeanhai, but wanted to share anyway! Here is a link to my thread with some pictures. Londyn was painted with Liquitex except lips and that was Luminaire Rose-she was about a third of the way finished in that picture.
And I am trying to finish up those I started and did not get time to finish, so this is Tegan who just got lashes rooted. This is a Liquitex baby with Luninaire Strawberry lips. I painted this one almost two years ago and then had to put her aside to work on other things, the paint is still fantastic- no fading, no stickiness- it was sealed. I took this under my Ott light so it is a little washed out…
I’m slowly gathering supplies and was looking at fx. If I get one kit, do people suggest the intro set or the heat replacement set? I will be a beginner reborner so was just wondering if the colors were better in one versus the other?
Ok- another question since there has been so much discussion about air dry lately. If I use liquitex, what other products are needed-like thinners, mediums, etc?
I bought the Heat Set Replacement pack, but if I had it to do over I would get the intro set because you do get more to try and some of the premixed colors included are beautiful in the pictures that I have seen. And I only tried it once and used a good half of the bottle of slow dry. I think starting out not having to mix everything from scratch might be nice. However, the Baby FX users would know better than me on this.
@Sony72 I just recieved the 28 bottle set of miracle blend!!! And my costal scents powders! The 88 color set. How do you mix your miracle blend? I want to start but I’m nervous. I guess I should go look for which baby to start on! I’m seriously having anxiety. I feel like a newbie!
Ok I’m going back and forth between miracle blend and baby fx however if I could learn to mix my own that would be amazing @jeanhai did you use any other bar and of air dry before you started making your own? And is it way cheaper to mix your own? because I will go to Michael’s today if you give me a list of what I need to mix my own paints
It only came with a small thing of slow dry… Can I use the liquidex slow dry in place of the miracle blend? It’s a different consistency…
Shoot Deb!!! So many are using them!!!
@DDDolly Deb, will you tell me the name to look up to find the pigments you talk about? I’m going to blick!
Well, I’m glad to know!!! I’m going to look these up… I’m wondering what tools are used with powders!
Thank You for sharing your knowledge Deb, We are all here to help one another but we don’t all take everything everyone says and use it to our advantage. So I feel that we can all benefit from others but don’t have to. I appreciate your willingness to help us all and those that want the knowledge and help are going to use it!! So thank you!!
I use Che’air paints and Art and Magic- not together though. I very much enjoy both paints.
I started reborning with air dry paints from Bloomers and Bows. I really liked them but when Elena passed away I couldn’t get them anymore. Then I tried LDC paints. I liked them a lot but then they became unavailable so I tries Luminaire. They had great instructions and I really liked the result. The problem I had was that, even after curing for 3 weeks, while I was rooting the head the paint came off her face. This was a toddler kit and I had to strip her and start over. I could not get a response of any kind from the company. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper. I threw the Luminaires away and I personally would not recommend them. Then I started using Reeves artist acrylics and I really liked the results with those, too. After doing some research about acrylics paints (which I should have done in the first place) I learned that there are 4 grades of acrylic pints-craft, student, artist and professional. The professional ones are archival, which means they are not supposed to fade for 100 years. When i realized that the Reeves paints are not archival I switched to Liquitex Soft Body. I bought a basic set of 6 colorss-red, green, yellow, blue, black and white. I also bought individual tubes of burnt umber and Van Dyke red, From these, I mix my own colors. I also bought a jar of Liquitex Ultra Matte Gel and a jar of Liquitex Matte Varnish. I add a small amount of the matte gel to my paints that are diluted with water, and seal by pouncing then blotting the matte varnish to give the most matte finish.I do dilute it just a bit because I want the silky feel of baby skin without shine. I’m considering trying the DecoArt Soft Touch varnish but haven’t yet. I haven’t used any of mine up yet but I expect they will last a long time. It only takes a tiny amount to do washes, and not much more for veins, blushing, etc. Here are some pictures of my Angel that was done with Liquitex. I was really pleased with how she turned out. She’s now for sale on reborns.com.
Thank you so much @jeanhai for the info I’m gonna try to mix my own
I bought a beginners set off of eBay from Still Moments nursery and I LOVE it! You get 18 paints and they are bigger than any others I’ve seen (I forget the exact size but, can find out if your interested) . You get everything you need including vinyl wash and matte finish with excellent instructions and she’s super helpful! I only paid $59 for my set but, I think it’s a little more expensive now that she moved back to Canada. I also just bought a set of primary colors to mix my own colors. Lovin’ it! If you’re interested let me know