Painting a Head



Painting camouflages the doll's scalp.

Tools\Materials\Requirements
Good light
Good ventilation (paint, sealer, alcohol, and acetone fumes are toxic!)
Bald doll head
Acetone for removing unwanted factory paint (remove face paint now as well)
Adhesion promoter.
Vinyl specific, craft\artist's acrylic, air brush, or model car\airplane paint matched to hair
Craft varnish, for fixing paint
Application brushes (1\4", or narrower, flat)
Inexpensive\disposable plastic or paper palette for mixing\diluting\testing paint and sealer
Water (or diluent) tub for rinsing brushes and thinning paint and sealer
Isopropyl alcohol 91% for repairing mistakes

1. Attain ALL tools\materials\requirements
2. Read ALL steps first, these ARE NOT read-as-you-go instructions!

3. Remove old paint
4. Thin the paint (this is important)
5. Mix colors if necessary (a less than perfect match will go unnoticed)
6. Load brush tip lightly
7. Outline starting at tightest point
8. Fill in top of head
9. Let dry
10. Add second coat if desired
11. Let dry
12. Following the same pattern, apply at least two coats of sealer (lap sealer onto head)

Cloth Head
The best mediums to use are Vinyl specific, air brush, model car\airplane artist's acrylics, craft acrylics, artist's chalk pastels, colored pencils, and cream oil stencil paint (in that order). Do NOT use fluid oil paints on a vinyl head (they will degrade the vinyl and make it brittle)!



Painting a Face

Painting the face further customizes the doll.

Tools\Materials\Requirements
Good light
Good ventilation (paint, sealer, and alcohol fumes are toxic!)
Finished doll head (do this after boil styling or the heat from the water will wash off the paint)
Adhesion promoter.
Vinyl specific, craft\artistís acrylic, air brush, or model car\airplane paint
Craft varnish for fixing paint
Application brushes (18/0-20/0-30/0 are good sizes)
Inexpensive\disposable plastic or paper palette for mixing\diluting\testing paint and sealer
Water (or diluent) tub for rinsing brushes and thinning paint and sealer
Isopropyl alcohol 91% for repairing mistakes

Cloth Head
1. Attain ALL tools\materials\requirements
2. Read ALL steps first, these ARE NOT read-as-you-go instructions!

3. Pour small blob of paint(s) onto palette
4. Thin the paint (this is important)
5. Mix if necessary (a less than perfect match will go unnoticed)
6. Load brush tip lightly
7. Outline starting at tightest point
8. Fill in large areas
9. Let dry
10. Add second coat if desired
11. Let dry
12. Following the same pattern, apply at least two coats of sealer (lap sealer onto head)

Cloth Head
The best mediums to use are Vinyl specific, air brush, model car\airplane artist's acrylics, craft acrylics, artist's chalk pastels, colored pencils, and cream oil stencil paint (in that order). Do NOT use fluid oil paints on a vinyl head (they will degrade the vinyl and make it brittle)!

Cloth Head


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