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I would recommend against putting water directly into the pots. You always want to mix the water into the paint on a pallete. Different paints tend to have different consistancies so I would suggest adding a little at a time until you are comfortable with it. You are aiming for a thickness like a heavy cream.
Putting water directly into the pots - while it might not be "how pros do it" - should be done _very_carefully_. One-two drops at a time.
well, unless your paint is on the verge of drying ou...
Uh-oh. Gotta check my paints on that. Later, dudes...
Like slorak said, it is advisable to pick up a pallete. These can be gotten very cheaply at any local hobby store. The one I am using cost 59cent.
I have gotten a small bottle of distilled water (working in a lab has its advantages) and use a syringe to place a drop of water on the pallete. Add paint until you are happy with the consistancy. Its very much trial and error. Practice will make perfect.
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Convention is that there are three ways to mix paint with water, personaly i dot it at about 2 parts paint to one part water but may add more water depending on how I am blending.
1. use a mixer pot to hold some of the diluted paint
2. use a pallet as above to mix on demand
3. use a wet pallet
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Nothing pro about it. If you over-dillute your pots you run the risk of thinning out the pigments too much which could end up ruining the whole pot. Mix water into your pots at your own risk.Originally Posted by the_fifth_horseman
If anything - if the paints are drying out you are better off mixing an acrylic medium into it rather than water.
when it comes to palettes!
i use 2 seperate normal Wall tiles that my dad didnt want to use!
1 for mettallic paints and 1 for normals
and also 2 seperate water cups that can be bought from pound stretchers or any cheapy corner shop for a litlle under 2 quid (english sterling)
like the others said! it is very much advisable to mix your paints on a pallete what i tend to do is:
3 nice dollops (hehe dolleps) of paint and then add 1 of water till you get a consistency you are pleased with. i generally go till it looks like a thick cream and apply it to a tester marine i have (i got 1 marine primed black that looks like a rainbow from all the testing etc)
then you should be set. :yes:
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Everyone seems to suggest the consistency of milk, or cream, or something like that. I keep meaning to buy a little cream just to try and brush it around a bit... I really can't say that the reference point means anything to me.
Another reference point that I've come across is that you want it as thin as you can get it and still control it well. You also want it to be thick enough to get decent coverage, but if you can control it (and keep it from pooling after you brush it on) you're probably thick enough.
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Ok - here is a descriptor that should help a bit more. Ideally what you want is to thin the paint enough to where you stick the tip of the brush in the paint it doesn't run off back into your paint. The qualifier here is that you don't want it straight out of the pot but mixed with water, etender, whatever.
The trick is to find that area where you are running a thin line between too thin (paint drips off brush back into paint) and just right. That is where the real "Zen" of the matter comes into play.