One part of my dollmaking is not only looking at the overall character but what type of character it will be. Will it be an outdoorsy type or an underground character? Does it require tattooing or a wash layer (a wash is where I paint a layer of color over the porcelain that changes the base color)?
Now Dulbbe was poured in my favorite color and the one I use the most in my characters - Tender Beige.
I like Tender Beige because it has a nice tan overtone to it like a suntan which any outdoor type of character would need. Also, Arnie is poured in this color as any Borrower running around looking for things to borrow would certainly have spent a lot of time outdoors. Especially as Borrowers don't like slinking around in the dark shadows - its undignified. They like to borrow things when others are not looking, not like a sneak thief in the night.
So why the importance to a porcelain base color? Because China Painting is all about working with translucence paints. They blend over the porcelain but they don't cover it up. The paints I choose will actually enhance this shade of porcelain and allow it's inner beauty to shine through once it is kiln fired to the porcelain. What makes my characters come to life is because their inner glow is showing through.