The Following are ideas for applying washes to porcelain


I do not like to do wash.
BUT, when I do, I use a piece of T-shirt material, and dab in my paint and spread over the piece

Then come back with my blush brush and even out, and smooth evenly.

I have had really good turn out with this.

Lil Reb

This is the way I put the wash on the doll. I lightly coat the piece with Painting Medium......not too much.

I make a mixture of 3 parts Jumeau Brow to 1 part Oriental Blush (Bell or Virginia L.), a SMALL AMOUNT of flux.

Mix well. Add Lip Medium to paint and make it rather "soupy".

I then take a make up sponge and apply as if I were painting it on.

Take blusher and smooth down paint.

Do one area at a time.

My way of making stockings with China paint.

I put a wash on all my dolls......especially lady dolls.....makes a good make up base.

For black stockings......make a wash mixture of Black matt, pinch of flux and lip medium.

For brown stockings, jumeau brow, pinch of flux and lip medium.

Navy blue with Delft blue, pinch of flux and lip medium.

Now, with a sponge, paint in streaks down the leg and then, up the leg.

Pinch end of blusher brush and streak paint up and down to make leg appear to have hose on it.

If you want to make a design on the hose, paint with a LITTLE BIT of paint on your detail brush.

I usually put on the outside of leg above ankle bone or in the front of the leg along the leg bone.

Fire at 019 -preferably with leg propped straight up so as not to smear paint.

When you get the dress on looks just like hose.
I have had people to remark "Oh, she has on panty hose.


First be sure your piece is polished well, then wash & dry well.
Mix color with line medium. your doll sponge, pounce color on your piece. Work color in crevices with brush.

Blend as good as you can with your doll sponge.

Then use china mop, and blend.

Don't over work it.

If one has done a poor job of cleaning the greenware,
it is very hard to get a good job putting a wash on.

I use all Seeley products.

That's the way I do it, works for me.


I agree with making sure that your dolls are really cleaned good and sanded etc.

If you don't it will show all the little flaws.

I do a wash on all my dolls, after I paint them
so they get kind of a pretty glow to them
and they all have turned out.


I don't know how good I am at washes but had tried them several times and wasn't pleased with the results until someone told me not be so intense about it.
Worked well for me.

The directions I was given that worked really well for me were:
Must have really clean bisque as wash will reveal anything that isn't smooth.
Mix the area medium and paint so it looks like a thick watercolor

Using a clean, clean make up sponge, put the color all over the piece and into the creases.

Then with a clean, clean china mop, brush back until you achieve the tone you think you are looking for.
You can do another wash if the first isn't dark enough.

The main things are to have really clean bisque, keep your tools really clean, and blend, blend, blend.


One more addition to washes info...

I cover the whole head with a thin layer of medium and then wipe it back until it is just barely a shine.

Then I apply my wash, making sure it is in the crevises.

Make sure you have an extra blush mop or two so that if one gets a little gunky you can switch to a clean one.

If the brush has too much medium and paint sticking to it,
it will create extra splotches and uneven spots.

Dorothy Kocsis

I have another method that I use from a seminar I took and just love it. Here it is

Using Bell Lip medium mix china(whatever your preferred colour is) paint to a "buttery consistency"

Using Bell Lip additive thin out until you get a "bubble consistency" that is quite thin/watery.

Apply mix directly with doll or makeup sponge making sure to get all cracks. This method goes on quite easily and you avoid overworking your paint, therefore you do not remove or pounce away the flux in the paint.

Take your large mop and "flick" with a back and forth motion smoothing out the paint. You should easily move the paint without the rubbing in circles that we were all once taught. (No more streaks!)

If it seems too sticky still add a bit more additive to the mixture or sometimes a tiny amount to the sponge to move it on the part if you got it too thick originally.

(You should see bubbles as you slide the pallet knife over the mix)

I have gone from spending an hour to just minutes with this method and the finish just keeps a nice glow to it!

(Yes you need to always have next to perfect porcelain when applying any wash as the paint will stick in the rough areas)

I have used this method on most of my dolls including making black dolls from white porcelain. It takes a bit of practice getting the feel of the mix but when you do it is so much easier than just using a sticky medium.

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