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.
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.
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 stockings.....black 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 .....it 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.
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
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.
do a wash on all my dolls, after I paint them
so they get kind of a pretty glow to them
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
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
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.
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
Using Bell Lip additive thin out until you get a "bubble consistency" that is quite
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.