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    Measuring Paint

    What method do you guys use to measure the amount of paint you put on your pallete? My measurements always seem imprecise. I use a heavy tank brush to measure my paint, and a small eyedropper to measure the water I add. Up until now I thought they were about equal in how much they picked up, but I'm beggining to have doubts. Thanks much!


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    I use the vallejo paints that come in a dropper bottle. This makes an excellent way to measure paint. If you were inclined you can get emtpy dropper bottles which would make paint formulation much easier.

    Aside from that I would suggest probably using the same sized brush to measure everything. Using one sized brush for the paint and then a dropper bottle for the water sounds like you could be getting a different ratio of paint to water. Thin paint is good but you don't want to thin it too much. Having the same sized brush for everything should equalize it a bit more.

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    everything i use for mixtures is measured in "dips". Dips basically are putting the paintbrush in the paint and loading it up into a glob. the trick for maintaining consistancy is using the same size glob each time.For a skin ill use three dips of the paintbrush in dark flesh, mixed with one dip of scortched brown for a basecoat. for adding water i just drop a paintbrush in clean water, brush it against the side of the mug, and thats a good amount of water i find for thinning the paint for good consistancy. Also, always use the same size brush for adding water/getting paint for the dipping method.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slorak
    I use the vallejo paints that come in a dropper bottle. This makes an excellent way to measure paint. If you were inclined you can get emtpy dropper bottles which would make paint formulation much easier.

    Aside from that I would suggest probably using the same sized brush to measure everything. Using one sized brush for the paint and then a dropper bottle for the water sounds like you could be getting a different ratio of paint to water. Thin paint is good but you don't want to thin it too much. Having the same sized brush for everything should equalize it a bit more.

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    I'm with Slorak, here.

    First choice is to use Vallejo paints. They have HUGE line... they even have a line that mimics GW colors & names, if it matters to you.

    I, simply, mix mine by drops... It's nearly fool proof... as long as you make sure not to squeeze too hard & send a jet of paint onto your pallette.

    Prior to that, I would dop the END of my paint brush in a color... as long as you aleasy dip it in each color the same depth, you'll get, pretty much, the same mix.

    I would suggest getting a number of empty squeeze bottles by vallejo (or something similar) and putting your paint in those (labels would be important, in this case <G>).

    Where water is concerned... I still use the "end of the brush" method and, I admit, it differs each time, depending on how thin I want my paint. There's really no need to use much water, at all, with vallejo paints.

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    I've tried searching for some blank dipper bottles, but can't find any. I'm in the UK. I know there was a website, something like www.cablab.com (definitely www.***lab.com, probably www.c**lab.com, maybe a dash (-) between the first word and "lab").
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    do a search for boston rounds eyedropper bottles and I am sure you will find something you are looking for.

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    I tend to use a toothpick out of the top (cap) of the GW bottles.. 4 good toothpicks worth is generally enough for one drop (from a pharmacy eyedropper) of thinner. I use 2/3 water 1/3 retardent.


    Also something to consider is what kind of pallette you use, and how long you expect to be using that paint... i use a wet pallette, so it doesn't dry out as fast.


    Whatever method you choose, you'll end up getting the proportions right by trial and error

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    I tend to work in brush-head blobs. 1 blob of each paint in a 50:50 mix. This won't help you much but I judge water mixing by eye. It's a practice thing.
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