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Post by sarahkvotta on Fri May 29, 2015 10:52 pm

What am I doing wrong? My starbursts are a bust!

I'm using Low-Cornell 3-4 brushes. I'm using snazzaro paints, which I'm aware aren't everyone's favorites. My starbursts and linework always look dry. And too much water just makes them transparent.

I tried out this craft foam as a practice board. It works really well, but my starbursts look like that on kids too. I can't seem to get enough wet paint on the brush to create a quick pointy starburst. I feel the need to push harder to exert more paint, but all it does is spread my bristles so I don't get that nice point.

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Post by amylady222 on Sat May 30, 2015 12:44 am


I suggest watching this. BUT stop at the first few steps to make them look like yours. I like the 4 pointed burst more than the ones with lots of bursts.

Also I find that groups of three look nice, two are right by each other and the last one is off away from the other two--sorry I don't have a good picture to show this.


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Post by PaintedWingsandWishes on Sun May 31, 2015 2:50 am

#1 Don't use snazaroo for line work. It drove me crazy too. DFX or TAG is a major step up. It uses more paint with less pressure so your bristles don't spread.

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Post by Denise Cold on Sun May 31, 2015 2:13 pm

Snaz is a good paint for bases, not so much brush work. You need a line work white like Wolfe, Dfx or Cameleon. I have my paint pretty wet for starbursts too so they are "sharp"
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Post by melissah1982 on Sun May 31, 2015 5:10 pm

Ha, funny you posted this. I was having such an off night last night with my tear drops and star bursts! I normally don't have such a bad time but it was as if my paints were saying 'nope! we aren't working tonight!' lol maybe try using a smaller brush? 1 or 2? and maybe don't lift up too fast? let the brush drag a little and then lift up? I know I have to go practice tonight because I was ashamed of myself, lol

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Post by Forest-Fairy on Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:23 pm

Snaz is really hard to control for fine lines, don't feel bad.

If you don't want to change brands completely, I recommend at least getting a Wax based white and black (like TAG, DFX, WOLFE etc).

Also what series of Lowe Cornell brushes are you using? Soft Grip? Gold Grip?

I use the gold grip myself and they are my work horse's for line work.

Also for your consideration, here is a blog post i wrote all about my thoughts on Snaz. Enjoy! Smile 

4 Reasons Why I Don't Use Snazaroo

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