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Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

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Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by Jenlarouge on Thu May 05, 2011 9:56 am

I am not sure I am asking that right. What I am trying to do is get a less thickly opaque base for some designs. Something a bit more delicate, almost a touch transparent (i.e. anything Daizy has ever created, I hope that doesn't creep you out Daizy Embarassed )
I am using paradise paints for bases and worry that just adding water makes them gooey or runny, but would really be stoked if I could get an almost watercolor appearance. Any ideas? or secrets?
I'm sending a couple pics, pardon them they are taken with my phone, so you guys can see my problem hopefully...
Feel free to laugh...as long as your giggles come with advice I'll take it.
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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by Jenlarouge on Thu May 05, 2011 10:02 am

Darnit, didn't post pic right... And no making fun of my dots...

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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by Bec on Thu May 05, 2011 10:03 am

what are you using to apply the base? Brush or sponge
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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by Perry Noia on Thu May 05, 2011 11:04 am

you might try some of the snaz sparkle colours, they give a pretty sheen instead of an opaque finish.
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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by anramire2 on Thu May 05, 2011 12:10 pm

If I want to make one of my colors lighter or have a slight sheen to it I load my brush or sponge with wolfe metalic white and then add color till I get my desired effect. I'm not sure if this helps
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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by Bec on Thu May 05, 2011 12:47 pm

I use dry powders as a base before I paint. I just put them on with a dry brush or sponge
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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by KathyO on Thu May 05, 2011 1:31 pm

I would just use powders. Also kryolan has a nice white that is translucent called interferenze Pearl, Opal, and narce that are amazing
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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by Anita's Faces on Thu May 05, 2011 3:52 pm

anramire2 wrote:If I want to make one of my colors lighter or have a slight sheen to it I load my brush or sponge with wolfe metalic white and then add color till I get my desired effect. I'm not sure if this helps



Yes that's what I also wanted to say
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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by Psalmbook on Thu May 05, 2011 4:36 pm

I also use Snazaroo Sparkle colors for tat Shear fairy like look. Powders work, but can be touchy in the summer months on sweaty skin. They can get a little blotchy(at least on kids).
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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by Daizy on Thu May 05, 2011 7:22 pm

I use Snaz sparkle colours. (Mostly the pink!)
Or quite thin metallics (DFX and wolfe). My brush is probably more dry than wet.
I have tried using Paradise and even though I love a few of their colours, they are a lot creamier and harder to get that really light effect.

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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by AngieAnders on Thu May 05, 2011 9:52 pm

Yep, try less water on the paints/sponge.... almost dry. Or use powders. Smile
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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by Jenlarouge on Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:02 pm

Ok, been practicing. Things are getting better. Think years and good advice will get me there. Thank you so much for your great advice all!
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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by aridan on Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:46 pm

AngieAnders wrote:Yep, try less water on the paints/sponge.... almost dry. Or use powders. Smile

Yes, less water, or pick up less paint, adding a little at a time until you have the opacity you want. Of course playing with the powders and sparkle colors is a lot more fun.
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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by lclark on Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:21 pm

hello I am new but I have found that the metallics are the only one that gives you that transparent look. I bought two Kryolan metallics and they really give that transparent look you are looking for. I guess I am no help can't get that look without metallics.

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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by namanda123 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:35 pm

I also use Snazz Sparkles if I want a soft look
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Re: Another Newb Question, How do you get a lighter base layer?

Post by Guest on Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:25 pm

Snaz Sparkles, Kryolan Interferenz, Grimas Pearls, sparkle or shimmer powders, or just regular colours applied lightly and buffed with the dry side of the sponge.

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