Do you want to know what art supplies and tools I use and how I use them?
Check out my supply recommendations. These are some of my favorite items that I use when I create my Artdolls and figures.
Air dry clays
My favorite clay to sculpt is an air dry, stone clay, called LaDoll Premix from Padico's Japanese brand. I work the volumes with my fingers and the details with water and nail art brushes.
Another air dry clay that I love so much to work with is Paperclay, but it's a little thicker, that's why I use it for bigger projects.
I use Super Sculpey Medium Blend, when I need a stronger clay, easy to use, but enough firm to sculpt details. This an Oven-Bake polymer clay.
I work the volumes with tools like Wax Carvers Tools and Rubber Precision tip tool and details with the Sculpey clay softener and Nail brushes.
When I sculpt doll eyes, I use a mix of polymer clay Sculpey III White and Sculpey III Translucent, for the sclera and Sculpey III 30 color sampler for the iris. I work them with the same tools and brushes listed up here with Super Sculpey Medium Blend.
And here's another favorite! Aves Apoxie Sculpt is a 2 part compound clay, air dry, that I use when I want something to be really strong, like a doll core or some tiny details. I use Nitrile Gloves when I mix the 2 parts to protect my skin, and a Mini Digital Weight Scale to messure the 2 parts exactly.
Apoxie works better with wooden tools, and yes, you can see I use a lot this Nail art brushes and tools for details and in this case I add Orange Wood Nail Sticks for small areas. I smooth Apoxie with water.
More sculpting supplies
Dremel 3000 multiuse tool
I use the Dremel 3000 multiuse tool for multiporpose, to drill holes, to cut cured clay, to sand, and much more! This tool make my life easier, I promise. Be sure to get any multiuse tool like this with a Flex shaft, so you can use it like a pen. The Accessories are infinite, just be sure to get some compatible with your multiuse tool.
Before paiting my sculptures, I sand them, a lot! I use these kind of sanding sponges, from 3M: I start with 3M Sanding Sponge (Medium), then with 3M Sanding Sponge (Fine), and I finish with 3M Sanding Sponge (Microfine)
Then I apply a surfacer or Primer, that fills all the pores and give a porcelain finish, that helps the paint to adhere. If I'm preparing a sculpt for making molds, like a Ball jointed doll, I use Mr. Surfacer 1200 Spray Grey, but if I'm applying the primer before painting, I use this Tamiya primer spray White.
To paint my pieces I use Acrylics, but not just any acrylic. Because regular ones leave some lines on the figures. I need to use deco art kind of acrylics, like this one for skins DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Paint Flesh tone and to make a smooth surface, I need to use fine hair brushes, like Princeton Paint Brush Set.
You can get a lot of skin tones by mixing one tone with other colors; with red, orange, brown, with yellow or green, with the FolkArt Matte Finish Acrylic Paint Set. And you can have some fun painting metallic tattoos on them with the FolkArt Metallic Acrylic Paint Set.
For details as eyeline and tattoos I use these Paint Brushes Detail Set
When I have the skin tone ready, it's time to seal theat with DuraClear Ultra Matte Varnish if I'm working on polymer clay or Mr.Super Clear UV Cut Flat Spray if I'm working on resin or just need a spry.
I do all the make up with a Soft Pastel Set, with cotton pads and cotton swabs and some of the brushes listed up as Paint Brushes Detail Set, reserved apart specially for make up. Then I apply the Mr.Super Clear UV Cut Flat Spray to seal.