Mix equal parts of Eye Blue (19) and
Rose Glow Additive (22). Apply like a wash into eyelid area, into wrinkles
and over tops of hands.
Add dimension around nostrils, ears,
lips and lids by applying Feature Enhancer (18) in crevices. Feature Enhancer
is also an excellent eye shadow, and interesting for hair color, lashes
Use Dark Brown (4), Auburn (7) and
Yellow Brown (6) alone or in combination. Apply specifically with a detail
spotter and let stand without blotting, or blot randomly with a stippler
Use Black (1) for the pupil, regardless
of eye color. To achieve more color depth for the iris, apply two colors
into each other while wet blotting between color applications. For example,
for a beautiful Blue-Green, apply Eye Blue (19), blot with Q-Tip, and then
apply Blonde (8) and blot again. Dark brown (4) and Blonde intermix beautifully
in the same way.
Painted Eyes - Highlights
Use White (20) for highlights or for
raised highlights use Raised Glaze Additive (32) on painted eyes. Add over
black pupil or colored iris.
Tear Ducts, Nostrils, Finger
Tear ducts, nostrils and finger nail
accents generally use the same color as the doll's lips, whichever red
or pink tone that is.
Intensity of application of any color
paint can cause completely different looks. Generally, lips are accented
with the same paint used for the overall lip color, but the accents are
a slightly thicker mixture and therefore appear darker.
Rose Glow Additive
Rose Glow Additive (22) is added to
reds (except True Red) to stabilize them during firing. It allows red paint
to fire hotter than cone 018 without burning off when used as a wash or
blush, and may be added to other manufacturers reds.
Blotchy cheeks are often a result of
color burning off when firing too hot. The cheeks look good until the doll
maker applies a second coat of color; the media applied for the second
coat washes away some of the first coat, thus the blotchy look. You may
add up to equal parts of Rose Glow Additive to your cheek color to prevent
Add about 10% Matting Agent (24) to
Signature System China Paints (which are glossy), so that when applied
opaquely the colors will not be shiny.
It is not necessary to apply Matting
Agent to color that is applied thinly as a wash (translucent application),
as thin washes tend not to be shiny.
Too much Matting Agent added to the
color will dilute the color intensity and deter paint adhesion with some
Flux (23) consists of three ingredients
-- lead oxide, borate of soda and pure silica acid (a fusible glass). All
fluxes in china paint are not the same, as these three items can change
Jean's Flux enhances the flow of red
paints that are mixed for cheeks and overall washes. Do not add
to Black, Brown or any other colors -- these already flow beautifully.
Glaze Sheen (25) is applied last over
lips, eyes or for tears as an opaque application, then fired to cone 022
for a very high shine. Do not fire the head again to cone 018 (normal
china paint temperature) or the glaze sheen will overfire and cause the
paint beneath to turn yellow.
White (20) may be added to any color
to lighten the paint.
Lips, Cheeks, Overall Washes
French Lip (10), Pink Cheek (11),
Pink Lip (12), Rosey Blush (13) and Peach Lip (14) are different shades
of pinks that can be interchanged for those features.
Eye Shadow (17) is a color often recommended
by Kay McKee for reproducing some of her favorite pink lip and cheek tones.
Soft Lash (3) is a combination of
red and green that creates a grayed brown, excellent for modern doll lashes.
Auburn and Blonde
Auburn (7) and Blonde (8) have been
blended to match the modacrylic wigs so often used for dolls. Blonde is
a lovely soft color for baby hair. Auburn is a great overall wash for a
warm tan skin tone.
Dark Brown (2), as well as being great
for lashes and brows, is an excellent overall brown wash.
French Brow Additive
French Brow Additive (21) is designed
to be added to any warm brown to remove the red.
These vibrant hues (Colors 26 - 31)
work beautifully both as thinly applied blushes (except True Red) and as
pure opaque glossy color.
Although they all fire to cone 018,
they should be painted on and fired in the following order if they are
all being used on the same piece.
1. True Purple (31) and True Green
(27) can endure the highest temperature and will also fire fine at cone
017. They should be applied first.
2. True Blue (26) and True Yellow (28)
are the "average" colors, and should be applied next.
3. True Orange (29) and especially
True Red (30) are temperamental. This is true of all fired orange and red
glazes. They should be fired last, and preferably only once, and they thrive
at 019 environment.
And of these six colors, if premixed
with Clean and Dry and mixed to a thick, flowing consistency that is applied
smoothly, will achieve opaque high gloss in one application.
Raised Glaze China Paint
Raised glaze additive is a china paint
firing to cone 018 like most others.
may be mixed with any media, both oil and water based glycerin.
For best results getting it to raise
the most, it should be mixed to a consistency so that it will string off
the pallette knife.
If it is applied too thickly, it will
crawl during firing and coverage will be intermittent. You may go
back and fill in where it has skipped and refire.
When adding color the ratio should
be 1 part color or less to at least 2 parts raised glaze or more.
You may paint gold over the raised
glaze for the last firing. This is the so called "Rochard" technique
Glycerin - General Information
Glycerin is a cleaning agent used
in the manufacture of some types of soap. It is also a humectant, meaning
it draws moisture out of the air, and for this reason it is used in many
skin care lotions.
If the air is humid, our China Painter's
Glycerin will get wetter as it sits on your tile. For this reason paint
should be mixed thick, with only a track thinned for immediate use.
China Painter's Glycerin
An "open media", meaning it stays
wet rather than drying out while you're working with it. Used to paint
all features, with the exception of cheeks. Also used to pre-clean surfaces
prior to painting. Wipe back thoroughly.
Cheek Blush Glycerin
A "closed media", meaning it tends
to dry out in use. Used to paint cheeks.
Clean and Dry
Use it as a premix prior to adding
glycerin to your dry china paint. It enhances the paint's ability to absorb
the glycerin, and reduces the necessary grinding.
Also use it to clean brushes, dry mops
and stipplers - it dries in a matter of moments, so your clean brush or
mop is ready for reuse quickly.
Check what cone your kiln is firing
to by using free-standing test cones in three positions on each shelf of
Top: Cone 018 fired perfectly.
Middle: Cone 018 overfired.
(Reds will become blotchy.)
Bottom: Cone 018 not fully
matured, but excellent for Signature System China Paint.
The ideal position for firing china
paint is the BOTTOM illustration. You may have to adjust your kiln sitter
by following your manufacturer's instructions, or you may have to use other
than a cone 018 in your sitter to achieve the proper melting free-standing
cone on your shelf.
All Signature System China Paints are
glossy when fired properly and applied opaquely. When fired as a wash or
blush, they should have only a slight glow.
Yellow, very shiny paint is a sign
that your paint has been overfired.