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Post by Ash_A on Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:24 pm

So this is probably silly but I have been painting almost every single day, practicing techniques and such and had always been painting INDOORS and it was going pretty darn great, me thinks!...

Well, over Easter weekend I was able to practice on some family members and was painting OUTDOORS...and I was totally thrown for a loop. I had no idea that it would effect my paints (the fluidity specifically) as much as it did. It was a little windy and I didn't have a pop up or anything but jeez...Now I'm terrified of painting outdoors...I'm just not used to having to re-wet my brush or use THAT much water in general. The main problem is that it really slows me way down and for a newbie I don't feel like I can afford that extra time to load and reload and reload. :-/

I am thankful that I practiced outdoors before my first little festival event but I'd still love to know if you all have any tips or suggestions on outdoor painting? FYI I use mostly TAG and Wolfe with some Global in the mail and on the way.
I mean...I'm not the only one who notices a difference right? Right?! LOL

I'm practicing with a fan on now to prepare for outdoor events (my first one will be in 36 days) but I honestly hate the consistency and wonder if there is a solution?

I'm kind of bummed out, guys.
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Re: Painting Outdoors

Post by rthling on Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:30 pm

I paint outdoors all the time. No biggie. I do require shade, however.
Now that you are comfortable painting indoors, practice outdoors until you feel comfortable outside.
Easy peasy.
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Re: Painting Outdoors

Post by Ash_A on Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:35 pm

I guess terrified is a bit extreme...more like...not looking forward to would be more appropriate.

Do you not require more water for your paints when you are outdoors, rthling? Wonder what I'm doing wrong then.
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Re: Painting Outdoors

Post by DebbieB on Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:10 pm

Just be careful on using too much water because that will turn some paints to mush. I have heard Global withstands the heat pretty well, but don't have firsthand knowledge of that.

I just ordered some Dips to go along with my Starblends to offer a few water resistant designs and I am seriously considering getting some ProAir colors just for summer gigs since it is as hot as 4 hells down here in the South and the humidity turns my paints into sludge.
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Re: Painting Outdoors

Post by jlirie on Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:26 pm

my biggest problem painting outdoors is the wind blows kids' hair into their face, so i am plastering strands of hair onto their face with the brush :/

i have some headbands, but not enough for each child to have a clean one, and can't really put a girly headband on a boy.

also, depending on the temperature, the rinse water can get cold and they mention the paint feels cold on their face. i fill up with hot or very warm water as much as possible.
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Re: Painting Outdoors

Post by Forest-Fairy on Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:45 am

Dude you are not nuts, there is TOTALLY a difference. Outdoors the wind can affect your paint consistency, and the sun, and even the humidity in the air!

I live in a temperate coastal rain forest, so I'm always dealing with air humidity messing up my load consistency. It's just something you gotta learn as you go how to deal with. It's one of those MANY 'little things' that us pros do while we work that the public doesn't even think about when they see us paint. But it all happens behind the scenes so to speak.

I've gotten so good at it, I can tell if it's going to rain later by how my paint consistency outside is! lol :p

It's quick to master, just pay more attention to how much water you put on your brush and find the balance. Smile You'll get it in no time!
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Re: Painting Outdoors

Post by eviedejesus on Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:54 am

jlirie wrote:my biggest problem painting outdoors is the wind blows kids' hair into their face, so i am plastering strands of hair onto their face with the brush :/

i have some headbands, but not enough for each child to have a clean one, and can't really put a girly headband on a boy.

also, depending on the temperature, the rinse water can get cold and they mention the paint feels cold on their face. i fill up with hot or very warm water as much as possible.

Just buy bobby pins at the dollar store - disposable and cheap.
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