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Old 06-02-2019, 05:51 AM
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How do you make these shadows?

In this man's video, he makes a wonderful painting, but he creates some black shadows using a honeycomb stencil. How does he make the shadow? Whenever I add paint to a brush, it'll end up making the paint cover the entire thing. There wouldn't be a shadow effect like this. Any advice?

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Old 06-02-2019, 08:51 AM
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Re: How do you make these shadows?

It appears to be a dry brush technique, where the paint underneath is dry and the paint on the brush has been mostly wiped off then it's lightly scumbled (dragged with very little pressure) across the stencil. The other possibility is that it's a glaze technique that uses color mixed with medium so it is transparent and allows some of the surface below to show through. This looks to me like the first type the dry brush scumble technique. Both techniques should be done over dry paint, but may work if it's over thin enough paint that's still wet. Some others may have some ideas too.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:38 PM
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Re: How do you make these shadows?

The brush does seem to be quite dry. I've used dry brushing to kind of rub paint on but I've never seen it done with a soft brush like that before. Would be something to experiment with first.
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Old 06-03-2019, 02:44 PM
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Re: How do you make these shadows?

I agree with dorrart ... seems to be making a glaze then using the brush with very little paint and very light touch.
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Old 06-03-2019, 03:22 PM
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Re: How do you make these shadows?

You have received some great advice above...in this case I do believe that it merely is a drybrush technique where the paint is being pulled off on the dry brush and the stencil protects the dark underpaint giving the honeycomb shadow effect when the stencil is lifted. The key will be having the dark underpaint dry as noted by Dorrart and Maureen.
Good luck...it should work for you.

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