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Post by scgilland on Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:09 pm

Hey there, I am a newer face painter and my dots are horrendous, even when I use my detailz they are not good, anyone have any good advice?
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Re: Dot problems

Post by SillyIzzy on Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:15 pm

I had this problem for the longest time. The trick is to get your brush REALLY wet, like dripping (but not quite) and load up then. If that makes sense, LOL.
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Post by Metina on Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:28 pm

Yes, but not too wet. It has to be really creamy. I use a dippy pot where I have white in a little creamier consistency than I would use for line work for dots. A good round brush without a point is also best. I like the American Painter #5 or the Mark Ried #4 brush for dots.

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Re: Dot problems

Post by SuzySparkles on Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:27 pm

I have found that i like to use a #8 round brush u can press harder for bigger ones and lighter for smaller, etc... try different brushes
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Post by scgilland on Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:08 pm

Thanks ladies, I will give it a try!
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Post by saloner on Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:02 am

I looked at your website, I think your dots are nice? By the way I really like that black white and grey free form.
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Re: Dot problems

Post by CottonKandyClown on Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:13 am

Have you tried using a dotter wand? You can usually find them in craft stores or online. Craft stores are much cheaper Wink


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Post by FUNFACTORY on Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:47 pm

I took a look at your site as well Very Happy your doing fine -keep practicing - I had/have the same prob -getting better with wetter paint and reminding myself to keep my brush STRAIGHT!!
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Post by Denise Cold on Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:24 pm

I've been cheating a bit by using a really small brush and then pushing...like you would for a blossom only not enough to make a petal, just enough to transfer the paint. When I do this, it doesn't pick up the paint as much as sticking the tip of the brush into a darker color and trying to make a dot. Does that make sense? And even if the dot is a little on the oval side, it still looks good (and white!)

Ditto on the creamier paint too...I couldn't make a dot to save my life until I got the paint wetter.

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Re: Dot problems

Post by scgilland on Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:37 pm

Thanks ladies!!
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Post by cattsy on Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:41 pm

I bought a Snaz dotter wand and LOVE it... I need more! My dots are horrendous too, and the dotter wand is FABULOUS...

Which craft stores do people find them in??? I looked and looked and couldn't find them anywhere!
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Post by vivi_o7 on Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:14 pm

Hi, I think this is the most common issue for all of us, but for me it works the #4 by cotman, or the round #4 by Utrecht, I never try the dotter but I am very curious about my dots are not perfect neither, but practice with your brushes and with the most comfortable one you fell with you will make it!!, everyone has diferent techniques Wink I hope it helps
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Post by CottonKandyClown on Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:11 pm

I've seen Dotter wands at Michaels and AC Moore in the sponges and paint brushes. Maybe even Hobby Lobby Smile
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Post by SuzySparkles on Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:12 am

and they are on the back of eye liner.... 'the smudger' is a dotter wand too! Smile
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Re: Dot problems

Post by Krissiemarie on Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:45 pm

I use the handle of the brush to make dots.
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Post by AUSSIE3070 on Sat Jul 23, 2011 6:32 am

[quote="Metina"]Yes, but not too wet. It has to be really creamy. I use a dippy pot where I have white in a little creamier consistency than I would use for line work for dots. A good round brush without a point is also best. I like the American Painter #5 or the Mark Ried #4 brush for dots.

-Metina[/quote

My dots were aweful and I was having a lot of trouble with dots too! It was a shame because I felt it ruined my dolphin and shark designs particularly ... bubbles looked so bad THEN I look Metina's advice and bought a Mark Reid #4 and watered my paint down a bit more AND voilą!!!!! My dots are now pefect!

As with everything is FP world - practice! And you'll get there...but with these type of tips and tricks FP is mad easier.... Yeah for sharing on this awesome forum! cheers
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