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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

ReBornFX Spray Sealer

I have not yet had the chance to use pigment powders as part of my reborn painting method, but many others do. It has interested me to the point  that  now I have officially put it onto my bucket list to try. The new Reborn FX Spray Sealer was created for use with the pigment powders and pastels (thanks to one of our clients who came up with this idea for us). The Rebornfx Spray Sealer seals in the powders with it's great adhesion and has a  UV light protectant in it to minimize color fading. I had an interesting conversation with a customer at the IDTS show on how she was going to try a mixture of our Reborn FX  Sealer, Diluent and paints to put into her airbrush machine for application. This really took my interest so I am hoping to hear back from her on this intriguing method of painting reborns.  

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Light Refective Paints by RebornFX

One of the newest product by Rebornfx is a set of Reflective Paints that are now available in Peach, Blue and Gold colors in half once size bottles.
These paints are fun and I can see many uses for them on the reborn dolls. Yes they would be great for fantasy dolls but look at what they can do to liven up the more realistic reborns!
The Rebornfx Blue Reflective paint is awesome for applying to thin skin areas such as in the ears, temples, eyelids, bottom of feet and palm areas. The Rebornfx Reflective paints do not "sparkle". They reflect a color when a light hits them in a certain way.
Here is a picture of an ear that I had painted with the Rebornfx Blue Reflective paint.

The light is shining on the inner ridge of the ear, reflecting the blue hue of the paint.
I applied 1 layer of undiluted Rebornfx Blue Reflective paint onto that area and found it to be perfect for the result I wanted. If the color is not strong enough for your preference then a second (or more) layer can be applied to enhance the reflective color. If you want the reflective color to be very subtle then mix in a bit of Rebornfx Diluent or Emulsion before applying.  
In the next picture below the light is not shining onto that area so there is no reflected blue color seen.
This is the same ear as pictured above. Photo was taken at a different angle away from light source.
The paint may appear a bit shiny in these pictures but it is not. I applied a satin varnish on the inner ear to make it look "dewy" but you can also apply a matting agent on top of the paint and the color reflection will still occur.
As for the ReBornfx  Peach and Gold Reflective paints, they are great for applying under a thin mottled layer of skin color. It illuminates the skin color creating more realism. The Rebornfx Peach reflective paint is good for fair skin tones and the Rebornfx Gold reflective paint is good to use with the darker or warmer skin tones.
I am impressed with the results and versatility of these RefornFX Reflective air dry paint colors.
And oh yes I should remind you that they can be used overtop or under heat set paints.
I am indeed having fun experimenting with these paints on my reborn life like dolls. Would love to see what they can do on fairies or fantasy dolls as well.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Preparing Spanish Vinyl for Painting. RebornFX Paints on Clay Sculpts.

Well it's been a while since I posted here, but boy have we been busy! Basically most of the time was spent preparing and packing to attend the IDTS show in Asheville North Carolina. The show was excellent and the Rebornfx paints proved to be a great success. I did a lot of painting demonstrations and answered many questions on the product. To my surprise I also got a lot of excellent feed back and great tips on how some of the products are being used by other artists. Here are a few of them I would like to share with you;

1) The Rebornfx paints are now being used on resin ,heat set clays and porcelains. Although I have not tried the paints out on these different surfaces (yet), their claim is that the adhesion,  blending properties and color selection of the paints are excellent. Rebornfx paints worked well with the artist's method of painting on these other types of surfaces. The sculptors are happy with it as the paint doesn't need to be heat set and therefore their precious sculpts do not have to be put back into the ovens to dry paint.

2) The Rebornfx paint remover (more description on product in previous post) is now being recommended to clean off the Spanish vinyl babies before painting. It was very successful in getting rid of the vinyl residue that seems to be causing some paint lifting with the heat set and air dry paints. Once this method of cleaning is done you will notice the vinyl is "squeaky" clean and you can feel a slight tooth (not rough) to the vinyl. This will now allow the paints to adhere better. I love the Spanish vinyl for reborns as it is very soft and flexible. So I was very happy to hear this excellent tip.

The paint remover is applied with a cloth , gently rubbing in the remover onto the Spanish vinyl. No need to wait the recommended 15 minutes ( required for stripping paint off) , just a minute or two will do for this cleaning process. Rinse with water then do a wash with Dawn Soap and water. I also used a soft bristle toothbrush to clean between the toes, fingers and other creases.

We have some great new products that we introduced at the IDTS show this year. I will be posting about them shortly. In the meantime if you would like to take a peek at what the Reborn FX booth display looked like; Angie from Lil Dumplins Nursery did a Youtube and caught us in action at  IDTS  June 2017.
Here is link;

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Non Toxic ReBornFX Paint Stripper

I hate the times when a reborn baby I am painting just doesn't turn out the way you intended it to. I am sure many of you have experienced this dilemma as well. Sometimes the only recourse is to strip off all the paint and just start over. Most of the paint strippers used for reborn dolls are very toxic eg. Acetone and WNB cleaner. This creates quite a problem for me as I live in a rural area with a septic tank and weeping bed = so no toxins can go down the drain in my house.   I do like to help preserve our environment as much as I can and I do not like to handle toxins in fear of it absorbing into my sensitive skin and causing health issues. I was so happy to find out the Rebornfx Paint Remover was both non toxic and environmentally safe. I was able to use the product with out using rubber gloves and a mask!  It does have a orange/lemon odor but that did not bother me. I tried the product on the Rebornfx air dry paints , on the Genesis and  Heat Set paints and it did remove both types of paint.
I am going to post the instructions below on how I used the Rebornfx paint remover. The product also includes a Scrubbie wedge to help remove stubborn areas of paint with out scratching the vinyl.

Basic Instructions for Rebornfx Paint Remover
1. Pour some ReBornFX Paint Remover into a small container. With the flat brush, apply a thick coat of the paint remover onto your vinyl pieces.
2. Lightly mist the inside of your glass bowl and towel with water. Put your vinyl pieces onto the damp towel and put bowl on top. This keeps the paint remover solution moist to help activate it more. If the ReBornFX paint Remover has dried then reactivate it by applying more Remover solution or water on
3. Leave paint remover on for 15 minutes when removing heat set paints. Paint remover may remove
acrylic paints with in 7 to 10 minutes. Timing will depend on how many layers of paint is on your vinyl pieces. You may test to see if paint is lifting by rubbing with a cloth.
4. Remove the Bowl and fill with warm tap water . Add a few drops of Dawn Dish Soap.
5. Take the vinyl piece and wipe with the cloth rag. With pressure, paint will start to come off the vinyl.
You may also scrub areas that are not removed with a cloth with a toothbrush.
A second application of paint remover may be required for some hard to remove areas of paint.

6. Once the majority of paint has been removed , a Scrubby wedge or Sand Eraser will help get into small crevices to remove paint. Wooden toothpicks are also helpful for getting paint out from between fingers and toes, but be careful not to scratch the vinyl.
7. Once all paint is removed, give your vinyl pieces a good washing with clean water
and Dawn Dish Soap. Then rinse soap off thoroughly.  Your piece will be ready to paint when dry.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Hair painting colors

I have to admit, I've been slacking off on blogging lately as I have been enjoying time with my new grandchild born on May 17th. So I will take a few minutes today to try and catch up....
There are now 1 ounce bottles of air dry Reborn FX colors  available for Hair painting;
Here is my recommendation for painting the following hair types;
Blonde Hair ; Rebornfx air dry paints; Harvest Cream, Blonde, Dark Blonde
Brunette Hair ; Rebornfx air dry paints; Light Burnt Umber, Burnt Umber, Dark Burnt Umber
Ash Brown Hair ; Rebornfx air dry paints; Light Ash Brown, Ash Brown, Dark Ash Brown
Red Tone Hair: Rebornfx air dry paints; Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber - Warm Creases also makes nice red tone highlights.
Remember you can use RebornFx Air dry paints on top of Heat set paints. Apply RebornFx primer first and finish off with your favorite sealer or varnish in heat set or air dry.  

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Calligraphy Painted Hair with ReBornFX air dry paints

I still have a lot of practicing to do to get myself to that professional painted hair "realistic" look on my reborns but I thought I'd blog a bit on my journey with painting hair.  One of the challenges I have had in the past was to get my painted lines thin,  being able to control the paint , to go where I wanted it to go and not where it happened to land! If you have attempted painting hair on a vinyl doll head you will probably recognize my challenges with this. Some paints tend to resist the surface causing sparsely painted areas or paint blobs happening and this can be very frustrating.  Another past challenge was thinning the paints to the right consistency to prevent the paints from running and containing the color strength I wanted. Well I have to say I have finally got a method of painting hair with out having these challenges and I am now really enjoying the painted hair process. I still need to practice my patterning but at least I can now have more control over the paint application with out becoming to frustrated.
Here is now my hair painting method that works great for me........

Ok, so the first thing I will tell you is that I am going to use a calligraphy nib to paint with and I (of coarse) I will be using the Reborn FX paints. I can just hear some of the Reborners scream " No no no!!! you will scratch that babies head with it!"  but the truth is, with the special soft nibs I use (from MacPherson Arts and Crafts store)  the vinyl does not get scratched at all. These nibs flex very easily and do not have a needle like point ( more like a small round point)  These nibs do give you very fine or thick lines depending on your pressure points.
The second important information is that I will be using the Rebornfx air dry paints and diluting them down easily to the right consistency for the nibs to hold with out the paints becoming runny. I also found the Rebornfx paints to have good color strength even after thinning. The Rebornfx air paint premixed line now has a few new hair colors you can choose from....
I will be using the ReBornFX Dark Ash Brown and the ReBornFX Ash Brown colors in my demo.
The vinyl doll head I will be using has been painted with Heat set paints so the first thing I will do is apply the Rebornfx air dry primer on the head where I am going to paint on and then wait for it to completely dry for a few hours. The Primer is important to use as it give a bit of tooth to your surface so the paint doesn't resist or puddle up, allowing for nice smooth continuous hair lines. This technique can also be done on air dry painted reborns before a water base varnish is applied.
Next Step: Plan out your hair pattern.  Here I have drawn on a few lines with chalk as a guidance on where I want to apply the paint for hair sections or tresses.  White chalk comes off very easily and will not discolor your paint or vinyl.

With thinned Rebornfx Ash Brown loaded  onto the calligraphy pen I applied the hair tresses within my pattern guide lines  . I like to work on the top head section first to get a good hair pattern going. If you push down on the pen to much the nib will open and release to much paint, so light pressure is all that is needed. I felt I had more control with using this pen vs a brush. It was also easy to hold and maneuver around. I also got to paint more hair lines with out stopping to load up with paint vs with a fine brush. So I felt is was a bit faster for painting as well.

The next step I did was to take a small brush and load it up with a thin wash of the Rebornfx Light Ash Brown and applied it with in the hair tresses sections. This softened the hair lines and made it look nicely blended into the scalp as well as defined the hair tresses more.
I then loaded the calligraphy pen with thinned Rebornfx Dark Ash Brown and applied it at the top of the tresses to create shadow and density.
You will notice I am starting to connect my top hair section to the sides now. I also changed to a smaller pen nib to give me some very fine lines on the sides as shown below. I also added a bit of light flesh paint hair lines on the sideburns.
This is how far I have gotten for now. I am liking the density and separation of the tresses so far. This is enough detail for now on the top of the head , so I will now go on to painting in the rest of the hair on the head. Once all the hair is placed in, then I will reassess where I want to add more details, highlights or shadows and then apply.
After I am finished I can choose to seal and varnish with Air Dry Rebornfx mediums or with a heat set medium such as Genesis Satin Medium. Rebornfx paints will withstand the heating process required for heat set paints with out changing color.



Monday, 8 May 2017

RebornFX now has 60 colors available!

Great announcement; the ReBornFX  premixed air dry paint line has now reached  its' 60th color! We just added a new color called Harvest Cream today and will soon be put on the website https://macphersoncrafts.com/en/online-store/rebornfx/rebornfx-air-dry-paints/results,46-105
for purchase. A color swatch is posted in the new products tab on this blog. The color is a very creamy light yellow with just a touch of green reflection. It is good to use when you want to add a soft yellow hue to blend into your skin tones. As a mottle color it helps to break up the reds and when used as a wash it can soften blushed areas. It also is great as a high light color in blonde painted hair.
I am definitely going to give this new color a try and will post my pictures when completed.
ReBornFX air paints are going strong and will still be adding more new colors to their line!