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What are all of these 3 parts yellow mixed with 5 parts water kind of stuff? Ive looked on the GW website everywhere and I cant find what this means. Also, I have noticed there are things such as 3:5:1 gray:black:water, and 50/50 green/white. I assume that this is like a ratio of paints. How do you get the right consistency? I have read about 3 dozen articles on painting and still have no clue what im getting into. Please help out a fellow LO member!
You need to be m,ore specific in your questioning. I believe youa re getting confused in the ratios. If it says 50:50 green to white that means mix a color that has half green and half white i.e. if you want to highlight you green color you use a lighter green. To get this lighter green you mix the gree and the white and come up with a mixture 50% green and 50% white. It is the same with the other things. If you have 3 parts yellow to 5 parts water its a rough apporximation of for every 3x units of yellow paint, add 5x units of water to get the right consistency.
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those are consistancies all right....
e.g. 5: blue: 2 black : 1 water
basically its saying: for every 5 blue blobs of paint you put on your palette, you need to mix in 2 black blobs of paint, and a little water in the mix. The consistancy is important, because if you use GW paints (me) they tend to be a bit thick. You know this is happening when you apply paint on a palette and it leaves ridges in the strokes on your palette. I fix this by loading my brush up with paint, then i just make a swift dip into a *clean* pot of water, pull out and then just rub the now watered paintbrush on the palette. The key is not too much, and you know this has happened when the paint starts acting like water and it doesnt hold color. Experiment first with water dipping, and once you have a good understanding of this, you models will look a heck of a lot better....i know all about this
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Well, the x:y:z has been explained appropriately already, as has the 50/50 ratio.
There's something Iw ant to point out...
If you are EVER mixing anything that cals for you to mix paint or ink and water, try to follow the directions as specifically as possible.
For example... to mix inks, I use little syringes (sans needles). The amount of ink to water is EXACT. For paints, I use the (non-bristle) end of my brush & dip it in the paint the same distance per color.
Always try to be as exact as possible, and always measure the SAME WAY. It will help you to keep a consistency in your color.
Thanks for all the help guys. I really appreciate it. Just another question, how do you keep the paint from drying so quickly? I put the paint on my tile and as soon as I do it, the paint dries! What consistancy do you guys use for regular paint jobs on an infantry man? Also, I only have the citadel starter brush and detail brush (The bristles are all screwed up. They spread out instead of coming to a point). Should I get another brush or are these okay?
You can use a TTTIIIIINNNNNYYY amount of water to extend your paint life, or you can purchase paint extender.
As for your brushes... if the bristles are messed up, then you definitely want to replace them.
I try to have a nice assortment of 5-8 brushes of various sizes/shapes for various jobs.
As mentioned already, keep consistancy with your measuring, whether you use the tip of a brush, syringe, whatever, keep it consistant. That way you will learn judgement and with a little practice you won't even have to think about it. Hallmark of any good painter is experimentation! Paint is cheap, don't be afraid to mix a couple of blobs together!
BTW, you need new brushes. Don't get the paint all the way up to the ferrule. Kills the brush everytime.
when it comes to keeping your praints wet, the secret is keeping the pots sealed properly. if they are, then the paints should be in decent condition. when you are painting though, everything should be watered down AT LEAST a little bit. this helps paint flow more easily instead of clogging up, as well as keeping it wet for longer.
about the brushes, if you are new enough to be asking those kinds of things, then your brushes should be okay for a little while. you should replace them soon though, as bad equipment gives bad results.
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