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These are general guidelines for anyone feeling a little lost. Finding out what other materials you need may take trials and practice. Further information may just take some google-ing. If you have any specific questions you really can't find the answer to then feel free to ask~
I'll try to make a full list of materials later on so be a little patient with me ^^
(I apologize, in advance, for any typos or grammar errors )
Unfortunately, I only use Mr.Super Clear sealant. But look up other tutorials to see what other people are using. I wouldn't use paper sealant because it doesn't spray as finely and I think it stays tacky sometimes (MSC dries quickly, is meant for dolls/figures/kits and sprays very finely), but if you have it on hand maybe you could practice with it and then remove it? I wouldn't spend the money buying a temporary sealant, though, so if you're just starting out I think looking up other people materials may be helpful.
I think liquitex has non-toxic sealers, but they come in liquid form and need a lot of practice and an airbrush (to achieve the spray effect) to use them on dolls. Even then, the spray could still be bad for inhaling so I really don't think there are any sealants you can use without some kind of protection. This one also happens to be the easiest/best rated sealant to use.
Hi there! It's a little difficult to say without seeing the results I've never tried any watercolor brand other than derwent or prismacolor, and I've only had success with Mr.Super Clear Flat sealant. You didn't mention what type of sealant you use, but if it's MSC, I think you may need to change your watercolor pencils.
You shouldn't have to use more than one or two coats of sealant to get good pencil lines, is what I'm saying :]
For the body, you can technically use acetone/brush cleaner, but it will melt the hard plastic a little bit and produce a bad smell. I don't recommend it since you can usually remove any doll tattoos with a bit of sanding. The only situation where it may be useful is If you need to remove a previous blush-job.
If you want to blush the body or repair melted plastic, I suggest you lightly sand (using a high grit like 800-2000) and buff the body (you can buff them with a soft cloth). These dolls come with some kind of plastic film that sealant does not adhere to all too well and can cause the blushing to flake- so sanding it first, I think, may be necessary. Brush cleaner isn't needed for the blushing, for the most part.
I hope this is helpful, I'm not an expert on body blushing and have yet to do it, myself. But I've read about this info in several different places from other customizers :]
Thank you so much! I'm planning to buy my first MH for customizing and I had no idea the bodies were made from a different material than the heads I've seen people sand the bodies to remove seams (like here [link]), they looked so much nicer afterwards, even without blushing (probably with some matte sealant added on top to remove the shine).
Okay :] I'll need a little more info in order to help. May I ask what brand they are? I know, so far, that Derwent and Prismacolor brand watercolor pencils work, but I can't vouch for any other brands as I've not used them. I know some inexpensive brands (Like 'artists loft') do not show up, so perhaps this could be the issue?
The sealant is the bulk of the repaint, unfortunately It creates tooth so that the pastels stick to the face (vinyl does not hold pastels on it's own too well), it prevents the pastels/colors from staining the vinyl, it keeps the repaint waterproof (protecting your hard work) and it makes the watercolor pencils also show on the vinyl.
I pretty much wouldn't have a repaint without the sealant, lol.
Sorry for the terribly late reply! I'm currently testing out some 'schmincke' pastels and also use 'artist loft' pastels :] I haven't tried any derwent pastels, but any artist grade brand should work as long as you don't use oil pastels (only the powdery kind).
Sure^^ Sealant is what makes the repaint waterproof. It also helps the pastels stick to the face smoothly and makes watercolor-pencil's strokes vibrant (without sealant, pastels would be blotchy, watercolor-pencils would not show up well, and the face could easily be wiped away or smudged). I recommend using Mr.Super Clear Flat.
For sandpaper, I just used a superfine-grade. You can use any grade, really, you can even use regular paper (if you need something temporary) so long as you're 'grinding' the pastels on something, which will produce powder.
If you have more expensive pastels, they will probably be more pigmented and powdery and will not need any sandpaper, though - you can just swipe them with a brush.
To be honest, I don't actually have a specific place to buy if from, just the general "buy online" advice is what I can offer The latest place I purchased my cans from was Ebay, but they currently go for over $20 if you include shipping and buy them from US sellers. For that reason I suggest you check all the links available on a search engine to find the best deal. Sometimes online hobby shops have better prices :]
I've seen some different canisters for the Mr.Super Clear,I tried comparing the picture. I think I know which one to get though.
Thank you very much!
I've been very interested in re-painting dolls for quite some time now. (But I've been so busy,it's a bit overwhelming!) I love your tutorial and it really gave me a good idea and the right inspiration to get out and do it!
If it is alright,may I ask another question? I hopefully promise this will be my last one. ;u; Besides the pastels seen here,are there any other kind you use that work just as nicely?
I was actually lucky enough to chance upon a good selection of monster high dolls at my local store. ( Normally there is a really bad selection) So I bought my first monster high doll,Draculaura. ( Though I just re-named her "Laura" as my friend did,as I do not like the "Dracu" in front of it..I also just made her the daughter of a vampire instead of Count Dracula due to my love of the original man) ;u;
Thank you ^^ Do you mean which colors? or.. do you mean which "type" (like watercolor?) If you're asking about colors, I just bough a set that had black and white to start off. Otherwise I go online and buy the colors I want separately.