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Hi, my question is how to lessen the contrast between a base colour and some detailing painted on top of it.
For example, lets say I use a deep red base coat, and paint some sort of detailing on top; tiger stripes, spots, camo patterns, etc., with orange or a lighter shade of red. After drying, I find that the two colours are actually too far apart, the too sudden contrast producing a splotchy feel. How can I lessen the contrast, "blend" the two colours closer together?
Will inks or washes or glazes do the job? I don't really understand what washes and glazes do. I have read the descriptions, both on this page and others, describing HOW to do it, but the effects are still a mystery to me. I will eventually try these effects on paper to see what happens, but would like some suggestions first. Thanks in advance
Glazing will help bring the two colors closer together. However another approach would be to do a series of consecutive shade mixes where you gradually add more and more of a lighter shade and paint up to the lightest color. This technique is called layering. Takes a big longer to do but looks quite a bit better.
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you can outline the stripes with black or white. of you're doing a camo pattern just paint it like real camo, just red. Red, stripes of orange, red, black, white, grey whatever.
as slorak said, thin glases of ink will soften the transition, but the conventional way of doing it is to layer or dry blend, this can be suplemented with an ink wash
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The advice above is great, a glaze should do wonders, however if you have twoo colours it may be difficult to use a glaze apprpriate to both so i would go with layering.
There is a thread somewhere that I have read that gives the differences between the effects of a wash inking and glazing somewhere,ill try to find it.
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