Bait Posey Mac n Cheese + Painting tips

Jellybean

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Twinkle-eye

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Its painting time! I even cleaned my palette for you! Palette cleaning tip - cover it in school glue (PVA, Elmers etc), let dry and then peel.
First thing I did was to spray Mac and Cheese with some UV cut Mr Super Clear and make sure she was nice and dry. Sealing the pony first can prevent paint bleeding into the plastic years down the line (I hope).

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Here is my current set up. I decided to put away my wargaming paints and use something more accessible to people. I got three primary colours because that is all you need, plus some black and white. Brushes are for mini painting, but I bought some nail art brushes to try on the pony eyeliner, because my current brushes just don't fit that task. I like to start by drawing a wee version of the symbol, I like it to be close to the end size as I can make it.

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Use your finger to steady your hand as you paint. Make sure you add plenty of water, you want the paint to be at a milk like consistancy. You don't want so much water that the paint is transparent, but you want it to flow nicely across the plastic.
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You will have to add layers. As every layer dries, I go and do something else. You can go and make yourself a cuppa, play an idle computer game (I play The Sims 3 while I paint and put them on high free will so they can look after themselves for a second,lol), paint on another pony etc. You only need a couple of minutes, but watching it dry will be infuriating. I like to check for dryness by tilting the pony and looking for shine. If its still shiny, its not dry.
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Here are a couple of diagrams explaining my thought process on why this works.
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Twinkle-eye

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I learned about the glue thing when it was a rainy day and our teachers got us to wash the paint pallettes of the primary one kids.
Everyone was scrubbing away at the sinks trying to clear off the paint, but cos everything was covered in glue, I started peeling! Lol, the paint just came away with it. Super satisfying.
 

Jellybean

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These are good tips! If I may add to them: for those of us with super shaky hands (*cough* me) it's great to have some kind of sturdy hand rest next to the pony, and to keep rotating the paint surface so that the angle of attack is as comfy as possible. Sometimes I even curl up with paint-pants on, and hold the pony with my knees and one hand, all tucked into a support ball, lol. Of course taking frequent stretch breaks is really important when doing this kind of high-focus detail work!
 

Twinkle-eye

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These are good tips! If I may add to them: for those of us with super shaky hands (*cough* me) it's great to have some kind of sturdy hand rest next to the pony, and to keep rotating the paint surface so that the angle of attack is as comfy as possible. Sometimes I even curl up with paint-pants on, and hold the pony with my knees and one hand, all tucked into a support ball, lol. Of course taking frequent stretch breaks is really important when doing this kind of high-focus detail work!

Great tips! Rotating the pony is always helpful, even if it gives them motion sickness :rofl:
 

AzaleaArt

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Never knew that about cleaning paint palettes :D thanks for the tip!
I always try to have like 3 other things I can paint too so I’m not waiting on one to dry (otherwise I get super impatient lol)
 
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