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Post by Denise Cold on Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:48 am

Has anyone tried these fantabulous looking things? They hold about 2 Tbsp of water (it looks like) and the brush portion looked half decent. They had them marked up to $12.00 (gasp) I guess because of all the couponing.

That would help speed up the lining portion so much an would keep from either spraying the cake or dipping in dirty water. How do you reload it with water?

Anyone tried it?

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Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:55 am

my sister has one of those to sculpt the art silverclay..I don't know how it works with paint..
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Post by MelindaT0813 on Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:24 am

What is it called?
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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:42 am

This came up years ago on another group - they don`t work for face paint very well. No one I know uses them. Some tried them with negative reviews.

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Post by Stacia on Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:35 am

OOOOHHHH!!!! I have one of those! I'll try it now and let you know Very Happy
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Post by Stacia on Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:45 am

Ok so here's the package it comes in (and you can see Denise that I got it at Craft Warehouse and it was only $7.69 there, I know there are Craft Warehouses in Utah, any near you?)...the brand is Niji, the company website on the back is "Yasumoto" though.
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Post by Denise Cold on Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:29 pm

Stacia, have you tried if for linework? I'm just thinking no more dipping to do black lines, etc.

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Post by Stacia on Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:51 pm

I'll try it for line work now, sorry...had a friend call and interrupt my demo. Will attempt to record a video if they work ok.

Here's the pic of a comparison to a couple of #4 brushes...
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Post by Denise Cold on Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:55 pm

I like the sharp point so if it works (doesn't drip or not mushy) it would be cool. Show how you would load fresh water...Please Smile

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Post by Stacia on Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:46 pm

It doesn't really drip extra water unless you squeeze it, you have to squeeze moderately hard to get that one or two drops, it's not going to happen accidentally unless you're taking out your frustration on your brush Laughing. I would say it's not too stiff not too limp...medium. The video is being processed right now, should take a few more minutes. I didn't see your request for showing how to load fresh water, so I'll do another showing how to fill it.
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Post by SuzySparkles on Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:49 pm

don't you just stick it under the sink? lol...

I am at the edge of my seat waiting to see this video!!! Smile
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Post by Stacia on Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:54 pm

Laughing
I'm not the best YouTuber, so don't get your hopes up too high!
It's got a little valve thingy on the handle end once you unscrew the brush end off, so it's more like one of those little rubber ducky bath toy squirty things, you squeeze out as much air as you can, then stick it in a cup of water and release your grip and the water gets sucked in, you have to repeat that like 3 times before it's full.
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Post by SuzySparkles on Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:01 pm

makes sense! Smile
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Post by Stacia on Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:13 pm

Ok, so I'm an idiot and the video is all skinny, didn't play that way on my iPhone...I'll have to figure that out for next time.
Anyway...here it is...

http://youtu.be/IImUBXv3AEE
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Post by SuzySparkles on Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:23 pm

Thank you for the video, I loved it... I just searched and these brushes come in all different shapes and sizes!! Smile

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Post by Kris10 on Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:05 am

Thanks for the vid Stacia!
Me thinks I will stick to my "normal" brushes...(as if anything in MY house is NORMAL What a Face )
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Post by Denise Cold on Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:24 am

Stacia, thanks for the video. That was helpful. I was wondering about the loading because I'm trying to save water dipping time...so if it take a lot of effort to load then I lose my advantage.

BTW, off topic. I found that my line work improved when the paint was wetter...that's why I've been dipping so much, to get the smooth texture. Try to dip your brush and then roll it in the paint. It makes little oval wells in my paint but then I get the right amount of paint and it sharpens my brush.

The brush strokes looked pretty good on the water brush. Maybe I'll hunt down some coupons and try it.

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Post by MelindaT0813 on Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:52 am

I give my paint one hefty spray with my water bottle and then mix to the right consistency. That way I don't have to be constantly throwing water in and I have the *perfect* consistency for a several faces.
If it is one where I know I am going to be using a lot of a certain color I will put in about 2 or 3 spray of water and mix it up till it gets just right. That way, those spider man faces (which i do more than I would like lol) get done in 2 shakes of a cats tail.
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Post by MelindaT0813 on Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:56 am

That is for one tone colors though.
For small split cakes I dip my brush in water, take most of it off with a nappkin and then load up.
For Large split cakes i have a little tub filled with clean water that i use to saturate then wring out my sponges.
I found that sponges that are thoroughly wet, but not wet to the point of dripping do the best job for me.
Depends on brand too, Kryolan and snaz need a wetter sponge, wolfe/dfx/tag not so much.
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Post by Guest on Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:50 pm

I've always worked with dry brushes and wet paint - I add water to my cakes when I set-up and then it is wet and the right consistency when I need it. I add more water by the drop as needed. I do not dip my brushes in water until I need to clean them... after every use.

Yes, I have wells/holes in my cakes... that just makes it easy to have a nice gooey spot ready to go, and a drier part to load the brush.

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Post by Denise Cold on Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:57 pm

My problem is with the FX type black. If I spray it it literally gets gooey. I do have a well in the paint but over time it gets absorbed...and then we have the gooeys again.

So, I was mostly interested in the water brushes for the black liner so I could drop a few drops on the spot I'm loading and twist and brush.

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Post by Guest on Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:01 pm

I just add water by the drop, not spray the whole cake. The wet spot is only where the water is put, not the whole cake. And most of the time the colours I don't actually use are completely dried out by the time I am finished a gig.

The black... yes, it is wetter as I've been adding water all along to keep the consistency workable. But, once you get a hole in the cake the wet stays in the same area, and the rest of the cake will stay drier. And I use Snaz black when working a gig. So trust me, I know gooey!! Shocked

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Post by MelindaT0813 on Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:26 pm

Hey colden, instead of that water brush have you ever thought of a dippy pot? I think metina branded it a while ago.
Ya grab an empty container of paint and put a bit of your black in there then spray/wet/drip basically add water in whatever fashion until it becomes the perfect consistency.
That way you don't have to worry about the rest of the cake going gooey and you still have a buncho black ready to go.
Word to the wise, don't put a lot of paint in a small container and then put a lot of water. hehehehe Wink
I did that with my white and then hated myself. I couldn't mix my paint to an acceptable consistency without dunking my brush too far in, it was a mess. That, and when it dried a bit and it was time to add more water it was so hard to get that perfect line work white because it was goey and horrible.

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Post by Denise Cold on Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:44 am

I might try it. I've got those little pots left over from making splits. I have some liquid airbrush paint but I'm worried about spilling/dripping on clients. It works good though.

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Post by MelindaT0813 on Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:08 am

Never tried liquid air brush paint myself so I am not sure how that would work but I can tell ya that dipping your brush into ready to go paint is fabulous Smile

As for dripping on the clients, do you mean holding it in your hand as you paint or over loading the brush and getting that dreaded drip?

I can't help ya with the holding the paint as ya go habit lol.... Rule of thumb for me, If I am holding paint I am not holding the client (ussually they are older and can sit still) because I have already dumped a bit of "ready to go" paint on various kiddos with my activated paint puddle Wink

If you are worried about the dreaded too-wet paint brush drip, I just use the side of the jar to wipe of the excess.

BTW, I watched all your calligraphy videos and love 'em, I learned so much!!!
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