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Hello all, I just got back into painting and I have a little query.
How does everyone else mix/thin their paints? Specifically how do you measure them out? Doing it by pouring it out of the pot always seems terribly inaccurate and unless you're doing a lot of models, quite wasteful. I did think of getting some kind of pipette or eye-dropper from somewhere.
How do you guys do it?
personally I use vallejo, so they come in a handy dropper bottle anyway mate, but a pipette is awesome I picked up a load for £1 from Boots chemist when I used to use GW paints.
The thinning bit just add water, thinner, glaze medium whatever your poison until you get the right consistency for the job at hand
If you are choosing to use the GW paint pots to paint from... (wasteful in my opinion since you allow the air to dry out the bottle while painting instead of the portion you are using) Just add a couple drops of water at a time and shake well until it has the correct consistancy off the brush.
Otherwise, the pippette is the best choise with GW.
I prefer Reaper. Same reason as Vallejo.
Boots! Of course; I'll be hovering strangely around unfamiliar shelves at the first opportunity.
Cheers guys, hopefully I can make my mixing and thinning a little less haphazard.
I agree on the GW pots, especially the newer shape ones. I'm still using a twelve year old Bestial Brown that was perfectly preserved while some of the more recent ones had dried into (admittedly quite cool) coloured cylinders after a paltry five years or so.
Last edited by Bullfrog; March 25th, 2010 at 14:28.
I hate the GW pots, personally. I use a toothpick. Stir, pull out, tap the end on the palette. No Boots in the US, so I'll have to hunt around for pipettes, I guess.
Bullfrog I had to ask at the medicine counter they had them in a draw behind there, not sure they stock them on the shelves, it was an excuse to chat up the sales assistant as well
try any sort of chemist/pharmacy (not sure how you refer to them in the states) Canew i am sure they will have them.
I've tried doing similar things like dragging brushfulls onto a palette but it seems very inaccurate. Measuring with a little dropper appeals to my ocd-ish tendencies If they don't have Boots try any chemists, or drug store as I believe you call them (basically if you can by tampons, toothpaste and painkillers you're on the right lines).
Cheers Mr Dee, I shall hope for a pretty one and not some dull eyed slattern, unless the GF is with me.