TKD Posted October 27, 2002 Share Posted October 27, 2002 I have been thinking a lot lately about how I paint. Basically, I will read (or skim) any painting guide I can find. The more I do so, the more aware I have become of pretty basic assumptions about how to paint that I totally ignore. Here are a couple I am aware of doing - how about you guys? 1 - Never paint straight out of the bottle. Unless I am doing a wash, I always paint out of the bottle. (Bottles of cheap craft paint as well, but lots of people use those). I rarely blend colors (I prefer to just do lots of wet-brush details instead) and I have a big collection of paints so I rarely need something I do not just have. But I shake up my paints, unscrew the cap, and dip my brush into the paint sitting in the cap. When that runs down, I re-cap the paint, shake it up and do it again. When I mix washes, my pallate is a now three-year-old piece of a Coke 12-pack box. I mix my washes on it with a brush and paint quickly. It is color-coated so it does not soak through before I am done with the wash. 2 - You brushes are your most important tools. Do not use cheap brushes, brushes with hooked tips or spread out from paint in the ferrule. I use a lot of cheap brushes. No kidding, I buy the $0.99 for 10 brushes sets from the children's paints aisle and cut them down to size. I use a number of good brushes, too, like a nice 20/0 brush I care for like it was a child, but mostly I use my junk brushes. I find I paint better with my cheap brushes and my worn-out, hook-tipped old brushes I bought for a dollar apiece than I do with more expensive brushes. Plus, with the el-cheapo brushes I can "customize" one to a specific mini to get to a difficult spot without worrying about the cost - an extra 10 cents for the mini to be done right. I am sure I am ignoring a bunch of others, but I have been painting this way for so long now I am just not aware of it. My results are pretty good (okay, I am weak on faces, but that is not the brushes, it is me being lazy). So, who else is doing silly things like this and still getting nice minis? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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