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I'm just getting into the painting thing. Trying to get better at it. I'm currently painting an Imperial Fist army. I have heard that yellow is difficult to paint, but I have not had any problems with the color.
My problems are working with the paint itself. Sometimes after I mix in a little water, there are lots of air bubbles. What is causing this? am I mixing it to much? Once I see the bubbles if I mix it more it only gets worse, and if I paint with it, I can see a "sponge like" effect in creases and crevices. So what am I doing wrong?
and I picked up some Valljo paint just the other day. I really like the eye dropper bottle, and I liked the color (but it bubbles more then the Citadel paint) but I noticed last night that after it dried, I could see areas that were considerably more orange then others, like the paint was not consistant. I shook the bottle VERY well before I used it, for probably 3 or 4 minutes. Did I do something wrong, or just get bad paint? It looked fine when it was wet.
Also, I am only diluting with water. Should I be mixing in a little soap too? And do you guys mix the paint as you use it? or mix it all at once?
Yellow is a very easy colour to paint, if you:
-Paint it over a white undercoat, or
-Build up to it through browns.
...Just to clear that up, before someone decides to be 'clever'...
Are you getting bubbles on the miniature, or just on the palette? Do they burst after a few seconds, or do they persist, even when you paint onto the model and leave them alone?
If you are getting bubbles on the pallette, then you are probably mixing the water in a little too vigorously, you only really need to bring the paint and the water together a little, as they will mix quite freely on their own.
If bubbles to apear, just leave them alone. They should burst fairly quickly, at which point you can start painting again as usual.
If they are apearing on the mini and not bursting, then I don't really know what to suggest. Mixing in a little soap might help, as it should lessen the surface tension, meaning the bubbles will burst much easier.
The only other thing I can think of is that you may be watering your paints down too much. Yellow is notoriously weak, and I believe Vallejo paints are quite thin (compared to GW paints) anyway, so they might not need thinning at all.
As for the mottled surface, this means that your paint is not being applied evenly, or at least is not drying evenly. Again, this could be because of over-thin or over-thick paint, especially if you are having this problem mostly on large-ish flat surfaces.
I think it would be more helpful if we could see some pics of the bubbles, and have a bit more info about how you are painting the yellow.
Hopefully that was vaguely useful, though I don't really feel like it has been...
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As -T has already said - yellow is much thinner in consistency than other paints. This causes a lot more bubbles. One thing you can try doing is next time rather than shaking the bottle open up the tip and use a toothpick to mix the paint. I have found that sometimes the yellow pigment can clump a bit more.
Otherwise you probably aren't doing anything wrong. Maybe shake the bottle and let it sit for a minute before pouring.
There's also a chance that the individual pot of paint your using is bad, in which case there really is nothing you can do except get another one. If the suggestions these guys gave you doesn't seem to have an effect, then chances are it's defective. As far as I know there shouldn't ever be bubbles (at least not as prominent as you describe them).