Tips of the Week: DIY Paint Washes, Precise Measuring, Encouraging Others

Tips of the Week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. Check in every Friday to see what we’ve discovered. And we want to hear from you. Please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments below and we might use your tip in a future column.

Making Your Own Paint Washes

Anyone who’s ever done any high-end hobby painting, for tabletop miniatures, scale modeling, cosplay, etc., knows how effective washes can be in achieving realistic weathering, battle damage, and deep shading. Knowing how to use washes effectively is one of the things that separates the beginner from the more advanced painter. And if you already know this, you also know that commercial washes can be expensive and the range of colors is limited. This Brush4Hire video shows you how easy it is to make your own. All you need is a few drops of your desired color, some matte medium, and distilled water. And some empty eyedrop bottles. There are many other wash recipe videos on YouTube. Some of them add Flow Aid medium to the above recipe. This helps the wash resist clinging to high surfaces and flow better into the nooks and crannies where you want it.

Using Rubber Bands as No-Slip Grip

Family Handyman has a great roundup of rubber band usage tips, like this one. If you’re working on an angled or other surface situation where tools can slide or vibrate off, you can temporarily add some…

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