I promise you a great video in a moment – how to mix your tracing paint.
But just let me tell you first about a funny thing which happened at the airport. (Thank goodness David likes dogs.)
We were flying out to give a two-day course at the famous PELI studios in Holland.
The title of the course: “Paint Better, Fire Less”.
And a key thing we planned to teach was, doing all your tracing and shading in a single firing (like this) plus using other media on top.
Yes, all in just one firing, because this saves you time and money and also looks amazing.
Now I think something strange must have happened back here in the studio while we were packing our bags.
You see, I got through Security without a care in the world.
But David – well, David was a different case entirely.
David was detained.
Yes, while I was skipping freely on the Other Side, privately calculating the odds I would end up giving the seminar on my own, David was being sniffed all over; you know what dogs are like.
And believe me, these Alsations were big.
The reason was, when he was scanned, the needle went off the dial on account of … nitro-glycerine.
Just as it was getting like that last scene in The Boys from Brazil, Security called off the dogs and marched David to the Interview Room.
There, in thankful privacy, he was allowed to explain his craft and respectfully to suggest that maybe the instrument was showing a false positive:
We paint our glass with all kinds of media, Officer.
But I do assure you nitro-glycerine isn’t one of them.”
While David made his explanations, I am glad to say they held our plane.
We duly got to Holland and were therefore able to demonstrate and teach our single-firing method (without the nitro).
How to mix your tracing paint
And one thing we focused on – one thing we always focus on – is: getting it right on your palette before you start to trace or shade.
So for now – in just three minutes of your time – watch and see how much you learn.
It’s how to prepare your paint for tracing, how to load and shape your brush, how to test your paint (maybe as here you’ll need to mix it more), and then – you’re great to go.
Watch with your own eyes and see what comes to you:
If you’re keen to learn or revise the key techniques, please take 2 minutes to have a look at this course we filmed over here.