How do you layer color?

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    Stephanie
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    When you’re painting a piece, do you first lay down a base of different colors, and then do black over the top of that? Or do you start with black and then lay down stencils to spray color? Do you ever change your mind and totally start over?

    #1561073

    etruscan
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    An interesting video from Melody’s Facebook page (maybe you have already seen it)

    #1561078

    Stephanie
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    Oooh! I had not seen that, thank you!

    #1561079

    etruscan
    Participant

    This one is from the Windstone Editions Facebook page – “The process of airbrushing and hand painting an Autumn leaf Poad(tm)
    Turn your speakers off! The roar of the spray booth is all you can hear.”

    #1561152

    Ela_Hara
    Participant

    I think it is so Cool that Melody can have a steady enough hand to do some of the marvelous line designs with a thin brush. All by Hand! I wish I was steady enough and could just ‘draw’ all those designs without a stencil or guidelines lightly drawn on the piece.

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    #1561231

    Bodine
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    I told Jeff the exact same thing.Look how steady she is.
    Sometimes mine,not so steady,others my hand is a rock.Old age for me I guess😁

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    #1561241

    pipsxlch
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    Envy here too- and I wish I could find a decent affordable brush that fine!

    #1561247

    Landipan
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    Envy here too- and I wish I could find a decent affordable brush that fine!

    Have you tried a kolinsky brush, the cheapest I use is 8$. For teeny tiny details a 0/3 size is amazing!

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    #1561250

    pipsxlch
    Participant

    $8 I can do, I shall have to try one. There’s a Sam Flax a half hour away I keep meaning to hit…

    #1561256

    Landipan
    Participant

    They’re amazing, you can also buy them on DickBlick, the brand I get is Escoda, I seriously can’t paint without them.

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    #1561547

    Suzanne-Marie
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    Thank you Etruscan for posting these two painting vids by Melody 🦋 Artistic Genius Extrordinaire !!!
    For those of us,like me,who do not paint 3D it is miraculous seeing it un-fold!!
    Your hands are so steady Melody🦋 !!
    Thank you for sharing a peek into your artistry !!
    You are simply amazing !!

    #1561599

    Jennifer
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    Those are great videos! Thank you guys so much for sharing them here. I admit I hadn’t seen them despite following Melody on Facebook (Ugh, algorithms!!).

    When layering in acrylic with brushes, I use a clear medium to thin the paints into a “glaze”, (increases transparency of the paint) and paint the glazes on top of the “local” color. This can be whatever color you want to start with, depending on the effects you are after! Many thin glazes of interference paint, for example, look very excellent over a black base… but for rich jewel tones, I often start with a saturated but slightly darker color then layer interference colors on top of that, in many glazes. Because my glazes are thin, they tend to “pool” in the cracks of the sculpture (e.g. between scales) and create darker areas there, reducing my need to antique the pieces when I’m done. Dry-brushing is a bit of the opposite… that’s when you use paint that is not runny (not truly dry, but don’t add water or thinner) on a soft brush, stroked against the raised areas on a sculpture, to add color only to those raised areas. If done correctly this can be layered also, but it’s a bit harder as the paint tends to be more opaque as no mediums are added to reduce opacity.
    When thinning, it’s important not to use too much water as an incorrect ratio of water to acrylic paint will cause the polymer bonds to be weak or poor enough that you could experience paint instability (flaking, chipping, peeling, ‘crazing’) in the long run. I like to use a clear acrylic medium. 🙂

    Also, for those looking for thin brushes that hold a lot of paint for great lines and detail, I suggest “liners” and “rigger” brushes. I also envy Melody’s steady hand! I could never do that, myself!

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    #1561602

    Jennifer
    Keymaster

    Oh gosh, I thought this was in the PYO forum… I see now that this question is directed at Melody! Doh! Ignore my stupid comment above!

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    #1561607

    Stephanie
    Participant

    Oh gosh, I thought this was in the PYO forum… I see now that this question is directed at Melody! Doh! Ignore my stupid comment above!

    Don’t apologize, Jennifer! You’re an artist too and I love learning! Thank you for sharing your technique!

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    pipsxlch
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    Actually, thank you, Jennifer. Since I don’t airbrush, your methods are more apropos for me. That post was helpful!

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