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machina
04-27-2010, 06:52 PM
Having a problem with large areas of solid color. 24x36 canvas

Paint is Golden heavy body bone black.

Where areas overlap, appearance is denser and carries more gloss and brusch strokes.

Tried diluting with distilled water but not much help. Was going to try matte or glossy medium to dilute but don't want to change the satin finish of the bone black paint.

Thanks for any tips on even paint application

idylbrush
04-27-2010, 09:18 PM
Have you considered applying several coats. Bone black tends to be somewhat transparent I believe and it may take a few layers to reach the consistent density you desire.

debee
04-28-2010, 03:59 PM
I agree with Howard on this. Also, if there are problems with some areas looking too glossy, when you varnish it will tend to resolve that issue.

Einion
04-30-2010, 02:29 PM
Tried diluting with distilled water but not much help.
Add more :)

With any paint you can thin enough that it's possible to apply it easily without leaving brushmarks, then just apply as many layers as necessary to achieve coverage (might be five or more coats).

If you'll be doing this sort of thing a fair bit, it can be a good idea to use a fluid paint rather than thinning a heavy-body paint.

Was going to try matte or glossy medium to dilute but don't want to change the satin finish of the bone black paint.
If you ever want to use medium to dilute in future and would like to retain the natural finish of the colour you're painting with, you can safely blend matt and gloss mediums to achieve any intermediate gloss level.

Thanks for any tips on even paint application
Thinner paint is the basic tip. Larger brushes help a lot too - use the very largest brush possible for the job, filberts or flats are better for this than rounds. Work quickly and try to avoid the temptation to overwork the paint - rely on subsequent coats to even things out.

Einion

machina
04-30-2010, 06:00 PM
Thanks for all the tips. Will try and report back.

Einion
05-01-2010, 05:43 AM
Super, best of luck with it.

Einion