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This may have been explained a thousand times, but I need it said again. I want to take it to the next level with wet blending, so could anyone tell me what they add to prolong their paint mixature and what surface they mix on.
If you go to your local art supply store - even michaels, you will find extenders to mix into your paint and delay the drying time. Liquitex is one brand. I am sure there are others.
another idea would be to use a stay wet pallette (along with extenders etc.) you can buy them from art stores or make them yourself depending on what your budget is like.
the idea of them is you get a special wet pallette paper (available at art stores) along with a container and some spunge. cut the paper and sponge so it completely fills the container, prep the paper, soak the sponge, layer and voila.
here's a good article on making them
Not sure whats cheaper in the long run, but i bought mine at 14$ CDN (about 10 USD) and it came with enough paper for a good long time. it's all re-usable anyway.
I'll put some thinned paint on the palette and it'll stay there for 45min - 1 hour w/o any problems. I've closed the lid and kept it usable for a couple of hours.
Wet pallete are good and I use mine fairly frequently - however that won't keep paint wet on the model longer. For that you will need an extender.
I drop trou, that always gets 'em wet.
i've always had trouble wet blending with citadel colors... interestingly enough, vallejo's mixture makes wet blending way easier, b/c the paint stays wetter longer on the model. i swear i'm never going back to citadel! worlds of difference.