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Before I get started with my post I just want to say one thing. I am only on this computer for 15 minitues so using the search function was out. I apologize to mods and everybody for an obvious repeat post.
This is a newbish question but how do I paint smooth even coats? When I piant I do water down my paint. The problem is that every time I try the paint either comes out to thick, which means a lumpy surface, or it comes out to watered down and I have to do multiple coats, which ususaly comes out looking like crap. I've been painting for about a year now and I just can't figure this out! Thanks and once again sorry for the repeat post.
Thin coats is definitely the way to go. If you are seeing streaks when the paint is thin you might be painting a color that is too like for the base. For instance if you are painting yellow over black - even thin paint will show too much of the black underneath. If that is the case I would consider a midtone - for the example above - a lighter brown - before painting the yellow. With thin paints you tend to have to paint more layers but the end results are usually worth it.Originally Posted by BadKarma
Now if your paint is thick and streaky - that is definitely a result of paint just being too thick.
On the topic of thinned paint. You don't want your paint so thin that it behaves like water. You want it the consistency of cream. pigment should still be relatively strong on your paintbrush if you dip it in. Usually the only time you would want it basically as thin as water would be if you ar using it to glaze or blend in some color and having it transparent is a must.
This could also be a problem with your paints. If you are using GW, Vallejo, Reaper, or other model paint formulated specifically for miniature painting you are probably ok. If you are using a craft paint - such as plaid or other craft store brands - the pigments are larger and could cause streaking and such if thinned too much.
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Thanks much and just in time as I am loging off now. I'll try that out. Thanks again.
For further note, different consistencies of paint lend to different effects. Thick paint will work pretty well for slime and the like stuff, for example, while the all-too-thinned ones will make great washes and glazes.
I myself thin the paints a bit in the pots, to prevent them getting too thick for use and drying up, but keeping them thick enough to catch on the brush and cover well. Further thinning usually occurs on a palette.
Some colors, however, tend to have very poor coverage, most notably various shades of red and yellow. In these cases, there is no other option then multiple coats.