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I'm still working on my basic painting skills and having a problem with streaking. Often I paint and get a nice light color but a bit streaky or a spot doesn't quite get covered. Going over it again either moves the paint around or darkens it or both. What is the most important thing I need to change/work on?

 

Currently thinning with water. - Is a mix of other things absolutely necessary or just something that makes things a bit easier?

 

Brush Control - how much of the problem is a need to learn this better?

 

Mix my paints to the color I want at the end and not depend on thinning the paint to lighten the color. (hope that one makes sense)

 

 

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First, don't go back over paint while it is wet, it just makes it worse.

 

It may take multiple coats to get good coverage, depending on the pigments in the paint.

 

Thinning with water is fine, you may want to experiment with more or less water to see how that works for you.

 

Brush control... more is more. Just keep practicing. We're all still practicing. :)

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Thinning with water is fine, you may want to experiment with more or less water to see how that works for you.

 

Inarah said it well. I find that the amount of water/flow improver/retarder/mysterious additive substance to add is one of those "it depends" things. When (trying and failing) to wet blend, I aim for a paint consistency that is creamier (I don't want to use the word "thick") than when I'm focused on layering to get the look I want. I tend to use rather thin paints and many layers to build up the shadow or highlight. The pigment is there, it just requires more work to get it to show.

 

 

First, don't go back over paint while it is wet, it just makes it worse.

 

I learned this the hard way. I removed about 2 hours of work in a single brush stroke once. Down to the bare metal...I almost cried, then remembered this is supposed to be a fun hobby. :rock::upside:

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And put your clothes back on for goodness sake! ;)

There goes the morning coffee out the nose.

 

 

Besides better brush control (thats a given for everyone) the advice about making sure the paint is dry is spot on.

 

I am very impatient because my paint time is so limited, so I always have at least 3 or 4 (at least!) projects in rotation so I have something to pick up and fiddle with while waiting for paint to dry.

 

For most standard minis I will basecoat in two thin coats allowing the first to dry completely. Then I can look at the first coat and see which areas need the most attention in the 2nd coat.

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Right now I'm probably committing some sort of sin the way I'm starting. I keep changing what I'm doing trying to find a method that I like. The latest is for my first coat to rub on vampire highlight with a dry brush to get a really thin coat. It brings out the detail. If I want more I do a light black wash. From there go with the color I actually want it (thinned). The beginning steps are going ok but I'm definitely still getting a handle on choosing colors that work and getting them on the way I want them. I copied a color scheme someone else did for something and the painting manged to go ok. Doing that helps me think about color a bit more. Working with it I can see more of what they picked and why. The mini before and after that one though are what prompted my questions about streaking. I don't tend to mind the screwups if I feel I'm learning something from them. I can always strip them down and start again and with a double vampire to go through I don't have a lack of things to mutilate.

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