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Post by JennyNixe on Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:42 pm

I got the 2" flat brush at Walmart today, thinking it'd be perfect for my rainbow and wide one-stroke cake. But when I got it home, wet it down, and tried to use it with my Wolfe neon rainbow, I couldn't make it work. It seemed to pick up quite a bit of paint, but hardly put down any on my arm. There was also quite a bit of paint in the brush when I washed it out. What am I doing wrong? Is there a critical point of water or paint I need to reach before the paint will apply? Is this big brush just a bad idea for rainbow cakes?

Thanks for your help!
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Re: Big Brush Bewilderment

Post by Guest on Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:14 pm

What type of brush? How wet was it?

I'm not a big brush user with the split cakes, I prefer using sponges.

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Post by barbb919 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:20 pm

i find that the neons colors in the split cakes or neon rainbow cakes work better with the sponge than with a brush...I have had no luck using the neons with a brush....but the 2 in brush works great with the regular colors
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Re: Big Brush Bewilderment

Post by JennyNixe on Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:53 pm

Shannon, it's a Daler Rowney. It was with the other artist's brushes at Walmart. I had it thoroughly damp, but not wet, if that makes sense. It didn't initially drag on the paint, but after a couple of strokes it did. Then I half sprayed the brush and half sprayed the cake, swiped a couple more times. I was worried about getting too much water.

Barb, I've only got one other big cake -- a Christmas one with no neon. I guess I'll give it a try.

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Post by Valerie A on Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:22 pm

This is a big help to me. I just tried my first neon rainbow cake with a brush last night and I was disappointed in it...it was just blaa.
I'm going to try a sponge next time!
Thank you everyone!
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Post by Ester K-D on Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:14 am

Often the bigger (wider) the brush, the thicker the bristles...sometimes TOO thick. With many of my really wide brushes I have cut off bristles all along the top of the brush at the ferrel, on both sides. this has thinned the brush and made it more workable for me.

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Re: Big Brush Bewilderment

Post by JennyNixe on Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:10 am

Thanks, everyone for taking the time to answer me. I think Barb and Ester both identified the problem. When I added a bunch of water, I got both cakes to work, but the non-neon cake worked much better. However, because the brush is so thick, once I got enough water, I had a TON of activated paint. I could have done six butterfly masks without rewetting. The cakes got kind of muddy.

So now that I know the brush will work with split cakes, I think I'll cut it down so I'm not wasting so much paint.
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Re: Big Brush Bewilderment

Post by Gisrus on Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:00 am

You don't have a brush problem. Neon paints need to be sponged on. You don't get the depth of colour using a brush on neon paints.

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Post by Gisrus on Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:02 am

I've just realised that your query has been answered.

That'll teach me to read through all the replies cyclops

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Re: Big Brush Bewilderment

Post by JennyNixe on Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:53 pm

Thank you for taking the time to reply, anyway. It's helpful to me to get all different perspectives on things. I should probably sponge the neon, but I'm so terrible at sponging. It gets everywhere and is muddy in spots. Better get to practicing, I guess.
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Re: Big Brush Bewilderment

Post by martha on Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:07 pm

Sounds like you have too much water on your sponge. Try spraying it with your water a bit mor sparingly.
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Re: Big Brush Bewilderment

Post by JennyNixe on Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:24 pm

Thanks, Martha, I will give that a try.
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Re: Big Brush Bewilderment

Post by Psalmbook on Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:36 pm

I use the big brushes mainly for bellies & bodies. For onestrok you get it wet by dunking it in your water. Then lay it down on a towel on both sides to take pmost the water out of it. If it's wet enough, load it. If not, just dip the bottom edge in the water & then lead it. When it startes to split, looks too dry, dip the bottom edge in the water & reload it with paint. It takes practice, but eventually you will feel the right consistancy of paint. I use it mostly w/ Paradise Prismacakes. Neons tend to be a bit subdued when working w/ a brush. The 2" brush isn't a good chice for them. They sponge better.
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Re: Big Brush Bewilderment

Post by Gisrus on Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:54 am

Check this out, this might help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2La5T9cN9U

Good luck

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