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Author Topic: help with painting ghost fading effect acrylic  (Read 250 times)

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Offline ayame400

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help with painting ghost fading effect acrylic
« on: May 14, 2018, 04:24:14 PM »
Hello all, can anyone help me figure out how to repaint a ghost CAM while keeping the fading effect of the limbs with the new color? e.g. fade from purple to clear rather than white to clear. I initially tried painting and quickly wiping but couldn't get a neat even fade. I'm thinking I should try thinning with water/acetone next but I don't want to try until I can figure out a good method. I've already cleaned the limbs once with acetone which took the white paint off along with the purple and I don't want to do too much trial and error and risk damaging the limbs. I'm brand new at painting and can't find any good guides for painting a fade so if anyone has come up with a method please let me know.

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Re: help with painting ghost fading effect acrylic
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2018, 06:26:20 PM »
I wouldn't recommend thinning acrylic with acetone.   If you want to thin it I would use water or medium, which is specifically designed to change the viscosity of acrylic paint.

To acheive a fade effect I would first recommend an airbrush.  You'll get the best result with an airbrush.
Alternatively, you can thin the paint and apply it using a sponge brush, dabbing the paint on lighter/thinner as you work your way up the arm.  I've used this method before for faded highlights and ombre effects.  It's imperfect and takes a bit of practice to master, but it does get the job done if you don't have an airbrush.
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Re: help with painting ghost fading effect acrylic
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 08:09:57 AM »
SaelaVe is the expert, and I'll second the idea of sponging a gradient if you don't have an airbrush. You can see many helpful tutorials for doing a gradient with sponges for nail art, and you can even use your chosen purple and a clear medium to make it look cleaner.