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    Ink Washing eroor

    Yeah, so I got my awesome new high elf model painted. And then I go to wash it with watered down black ink (like 50/50 water/GW black ink or something, i dont know exactly) and it looks jawesome right away, but when it dries it leaves visible lines and little circles on the flatter areas. I've read this is from the ink drying around water crystals in a circle.

    So, how exactly can I make the transition from the inked area to the color around it smoother, and eliminate those ugly little circles?

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    Basically, the surface tension of the water causes it to 'clump' together, and dry in those spaces.

    Amazingly, a little bit of floor polish (future floor is the most often suggested as it works amazingly., you only need a drop) will break up the surface tension and allow the wash to flow evenly.

    Good luck.

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    Spelling error too!

    Floor polish works, though if you use too much it will be very shiny. Some companies produce surface tension breakers (ST that work as well.

    If you are patient and have the time, you can keep gently working the ink wash as the water evaporates. Always work the ink toward the darker shade and stop when the water is mostly gone (you will figure this out with practice).

    A combo of STB and patience work well for me.
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    As others have said, it is effectively tide marks. Water crystals?? damn someone saw you coming!

    there are a number of products that can help, people advocate as above polish, pashing up liquid, but me I go for Flow enhancer, you can get a decent sized bottle for about five pounds sterling, it only needs about one part in 20
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    Cheredanine, surface tension breaker = flow enhancer.....same thing!
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    Alrightay, thanks for the recommendations... no idea where I'm going to find surface tension breaker or an economical amount of floor polish, though XD
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    How about some soap or dishwashing fluid mixed with water! A tiny drop will work.

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    If you are going for the future floor wax I am pretty sure you will only be able to get the lifetime supply regular sized bottles of it. My suggestion - wallmart or some other big multipurpose store and I am sure you can buy a bottle for about $5. Not very cost prohibitive at all.

    As for the extenders an art/craft store should carry them. Liquitex is a major maker of extenders and additives for acrylic paints.

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