Do you always do thin primary layers to build the skin tone or do you sometimes (or always) use thicker layers?
I use thin layers.
I usually use thin (very diluted) layers, except for pale vinyl like BB kits, then I prefer my color more concentrated because if not I will kill my arm after doing an insane amount of layers.
I use a lot of mottling layers to built the skin tone too.
Thank you, ladies. Was wondering if I’d be able to do thicker layers to speed up the process, but maybe not.
If you are using GHSP, don’t thicken layers, you will loose that translucent depth. Be patient and build color. You can always add and add, it is a long process but I think it is worth it. I tried air dry, it was harder to get those thin layers but color builds faster and stays translucent. I would switch (and still may when I run out of GHSP) but my goodness…I also think air dry hair painting looks more realistic, you get very fine hairs you can’t get with GHSP.
I have no problem with using thicker paint as base layers. Everything else is thin and transparent.
As far as getting thin, translucent paint with air dry goes, I thin it out as much as I want to, adding in Golden Satin Glazing Liquid since it’s a binder that helps with translucency and increases working time.
Is it ok to do multiple primary layers without baking in between? Or bake after each layer?
Totally agree. When I started reborning I used air dry, and the painted hair was much easier to do than with Genesis.
Always thin for me
I found the opposite. I can get really fine hairs with Genesis. Not so much with air dry.
Opposite for me again. Maybe it’s because I started with Genesis. I’m used to my consistency and what kind of strokes I can get. I’m struggling with air dry hair. I can’t get the right consistency to have fine hairs and it doesn’t flow the same off the brush at all.
I use Genesis and do all my mottle layers first, then I do my primary washes. The washes are literally as thin as watercolor. I used to do the washes first but it was easier for me to tell what was needed by doing mottles first.
I used to bake between every layer. Now I will do a mottle layer, let it dry for a bit, then do another mottle on top before I bake, especially with BB kits because with some of them I’m unsure how many bakes they can take.
I’m trying to get used to air dry hair, but my problem is I want to make it thicker than it should be, I guess, because if I do it the consistency of Genesis it’s too thin to work with. Looking for a happy medium somewhere plus I’m a slow learner It’s really hard for me to deal with air dry on any level.
My primary washes are also thin like everyone else is saying. I have tried doing thicker washes to see how it would go and the translucency is definitely lost and also I noticed peeling of the paint. kinda like with blushing, you can always add more layers if it’s not as dark as you like, but it’s harder to take away if you go too thick.
I do thin wash.
What a cool idea! I never thought of doing that. Thanks for sharing that. Does doing the washes after the mottling help you better color correct skin tone?
Consistency was hard for me too. That changed when I made my mixture then kept a contact of water nearby. When it gets too thick, I dip the paintbrush in water and mix it in that way, testing on a test part or paper for the correct consistency.
Back when I really had problems I was using a dropper to add water and it was never right. The paintbrush dipping method is the only one I found that works.
What I always wonder is, do you you guys put the primary washes on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands?
Yes, the washes are a big help for color correction.
I do…the wash goes all over each piece
That dropper method doesn’t work for me, I do the same as you, and it works a whole lot better. Your hair is such an inspiration! Goals!!!
Hmm ok, I used to and then the feet and hands looked off to me…might have to play around with it again.