This was before I started, but I came across an old website that explained the old way of reborning. It included sanding the head to take the hair grooves off, painting the inside of the doll, using crayon on the cheeks to get them nice and rosy, drilling holes in the head to push the hair through… It was trip, haha.
From my own experience, when I started Genesis was considered the best paint to use. Air dry was considered bad. Now people have their own preferences but one isn’t though of as better than the other.
This is how I started…it was a huge undertaking as you had a ton of work to do before you even got to the work of painting etc. Kits were available but at that time most people were still making the berenguer and Ashton drake’s
Air dry paints got a bad rap because folks were using cheap ones and thinning them down with nothing but water. It breaks down all the binders in the paint leaving behind a very cheap pigment with nothing to bond it to the vinyl. Thus the fading. I also find that a lot of “reborn” paints being sold are just paints mixed by someone in their home and they don’t always have good ingredients or proper ratios of mediums/thinners to paint. This is why I prefer to use a reputable brand such as RebornFX or a high quality artist grade like Golden Fluid Paints and mix my own.
I remember that! I found the same website when I started too. Prillycharmin, right? I actually used her methods for my first baby! I bought the body pattern from her too!
We used to buy purpled tinted play sand you could get at Walmart. Pour it out on a tarp and let it lay all day in the sun to be sure it had no moisture. Then I would put it in a big rubbermaid container with a bottle of baby corn starch powder and stir it up. This was what the limbs were filled with. I used poly pellets in the body. That was back when no one thought play sand was a bad idea.
I remember baby wigs, purple paint inside for a lovely “newborn” look, eyelashes glued on sleeping babies, play sand filling arms and legs, replacing eyes on awake Berenguers, drilling noses, no doll kits, no tutorials, white gel pens and clear nail polish on nails, stencil paints, oil paints and acrylics that had to cure forever, and then moving on to sanding the ridges off the heads so we could root with felting needles and warm rice socks. So much has changed since 2002 when I started out…what I really love most is having doll kits, Genesis paints, doll forums, and phones with cameras.