Okay, so for starters, I no longer paint the bodies, just the eyes and cutie marks. I use colored clay. I suggest that you make the transition to colored clay as well...you will love it. I used to paint the bodies but it took forever to get them looking smooth. As I am sure you know, paint tends to clump unlest you water it down and wait long periods in between coats. I can get a pretty smooth coat if I am pationt but it will never be as smooth as the colored clays and the colors are much more vibrant on the colored clays as well. I looked at you whales and they are cute. The paint looks pretty good to me but it is a little hard to tell with the photos. I would suggest the colored clay as soon as you are able. They make tons of different colors and you can mix the colors as well!
Yeah, the rock seemed like a good choice again. The person wanted the 2 ponies sitting side by side reading but the pose didn't really tie the 2 ponies together so I thought of this. I read one of your comments where you talked about the Twilight you have had on your mind. Can't wait to see it. Your new sculpt on the cloud base is really nice but you old Twilight is still my favorite!
MUCH, MUCH smoother. Always keep your paints thinned with water. The problem is that is takes a bit longer to dry and if it isn't dry enough then it will clump. This will happen if it isn't dry enough between coats whether it is watered or not. So if you really need to paint, thin it with water and give it plenty of time to dry between coats and then as soon as you are able, switch to colored clay
I have been having trouble with that actually. Alot of my paints clump, but thicker layers cover more, leaving less of the actual clay underneathe and les streaks, but then again, there are parts where the clay gets a bumpy texture. I will try more thin layers, I just have to learn some patience. Thanks alot! Also, what kind of clay do you use? It kind of looks like a porcelien type clay
Don't, i repeat, DON'T learn patience. It isn't worth it. Just change to colored clay as soon as you can. I use polymer clay as you have on yours, but I use colored. I started out with Super Sculpey and it took as long to paint as it did to sculpt it and no matter how hard i tried, the paint was never perfectly smooth and on top of that, the colors were nowhere near as bright and bold. I prefer Fimo Accents or Premo which are just different brands of polymers clay. I do use Scullpey III colored clay but I don't like it because it is usually very soft. Switch to them and only use acryllic gloss for the eyes and cutie marks and you will be MUCH happier!
thanks for your help! I am starting off making clay charms, and I am still figuring out my style and how I work best. My issue right now, besides the paints, is that I don't know how to sculpt some parts of the bodies without pinching another part, so to hold it, but i end up smooshing it. So I opted for baking the charm in layers, so I can hold a hardened clay part, and sculpt on another detail, so to kep the shape. Thing is, if I use colored clays, the color usually burns a bit. It never scorches, but it does darken, hence why I cover it with paint, which adds a clumping problem
They do darken a little so I have gotten used to mixing the colors to get it a little lighter than what i am looking for and most of the time the color is pretty good in the end. I also cook it at a lower temp than it suggests. I had a piece in 2 days ago and of course, it recommends 15 minutes....well, I started watching a movie and forgot about it. About 2 and a half hours later i remembered and thought it might be ruined but it was perfectly fine! I cook mine a 225 instead of 25o. I was reading a journal from another sculptor that was a MASTER sculptor with polymer clay making insanely detailed pieces and he cooks his at 200!!!