Now that you’ve prepped your vinylmation and allowed it to dry, the next step is priming the vinylmation. When I created Mike the Tiger Mickey, I decided not to prime. Trying to draw my design directly onto the CYO with a pencil was a challenge for me. The lines were faint and rubbed off easily. I prime all my customs white now for this reason. It also generally takes fewer coats of paint to cover a primed custom.
Removing Paint from a Vinylmation
For a first time custom artist, I highly recommend using a CYO for your custom instead of a Disney designed vinylmation. However, if you have a vinylmation with a design already on it, like the Easter Bunny in the first tutorial, it can add additional steps to the process.
When painting over the 3” Sea Creatures Octopus mold, I noticed after almost finishing my custom, that I could still see the tentacles when the light hit the custom. No matter how many coats of paint I added, since the tentacles were slightly raised on the design, their outline still showed. I had to sand the paint of the tentacles off, which was no fun. Other custom artists use acetone (nail polish remover).
Priming the Vinylmation
I prime by brush with Vallejo Game Color White primer. Many custom artists use spray primer like Krylon. White acrylic paint can also be used. As a word of warning, white paint is generally one of the hardest paints to work with. It has a tendency to become thick and clumpy. You may have to dilute it with a few drops of water.
A good, smooth prime job can lay the foundation for better paint application. Test whatever primer you use and become familiar with its application before putting it on your custom.
Drawing the Design onto the Vinylmation
After the primer dries well (products vary), I sketch the design previously done on paper onto the vinylmation mold. Keep in mind that the design may have to be slightly modified on the 3D mold.
Painting the Vinylmation
As I wrote in the materials article, I recommend acrylic paint for doing custom work.
Here are some general painting tips:
– Shake your paints well before using them.
When mixing paint, it takes less paint to make a lighter color darker than to make a darker color lighter. For example, when mixing light blue, it takes less paint to add drops blue to white than to take a dark blue color and add lots of white. When mixing paint, I buy small paint pots to keep the colors useable to paint more coats. Cover your paint as soon as you are done using it.
– Multiple thin, smooth coats generally work better than one thick coat, unless you are going for a certain style. Some colors will need more layers, like the infamous yellow.
– Mistakes can be corrected with more paint layers. And every artist makes mistakes. 🙂
– If the paint starts drying on the brush while painting, dip the brush in water and gently wipe the brush on a paper towel.
– Some paints might be thick. If the application is clumpy, drops of water can be added (amount depends on how much paint has been poured out). Experiment if needed to find a perfect balance between clumpy and watery.
– Brushes that are well taken care of will last longer. When bristles start to fray away from the center, they can be trimmed with a scissors.
In my final article next week, I’ll discuss finishing the Vinylmation, which will include information about sealing your custom. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments below!
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