I began my dolly journey December, 2010. I started looking for a doll for my new grandbaby and stumbled upon reborn dolls. I was intrigued and hooked. I have always dabbled with art and decided this was an art that I wanted to try. I began studying real babies and internet pictures of newborns. I ordered my first kit and gave it a try. Now, it looked good to the untrained eye and I was pleased with the first attempt and decided to give it another try. That doll was awful! I kept practicing and I was even more pleased with each doll.
I learned from trial and error and I have taken several classes from some great artists. I started painting with Genesis Heat Set Paint which had to be baked between layers with a Nuwave oven. The vinyl smell was strong and the process was long. I was on dialysis and wasn't sure what poisons the heated vinyl was producing. Thus, began my journey with air dry paints. Switching from a paint that could be wiped off until baked to one that dried within seconds was a challenge. My acrylic teacher used to chide me about dabbling in my paint. She could tell that I had always used oils. Before attempting my first acrylic baby, I decided to take a class on switching to air dry paints offered by Debbie Henshaw of They Never Grow Up Nursery. That was the best thing that I could have done. Over the years, I have changed techniques and realized the key to real looking skin is very thin layers-takes much longer-but the results are so worth the time. I achieve my skin tones with the three primary colors, red, yellow, and blue.
I love this special hobby and I plan on "making babies" for a very long time. Tell me about your first experience. I love talking dolly talk.