There is a lot of blending techniques for miniatures, but you should know the most important techniques. In this article, we will let you know about those techniques that will take your work on miniature paintings to the next level. When we talk about miniature paintings, the artists can apply different methods to get the same effects.
The artists should have some knowledge about the paint to know how it behaves on the brush and surface. It’s important to know about the transitions or blending between the two paint applications. While using the brush for painting miniatures, you can take the two layers of the paints to get the smooth blending effects. You can create a contrast with the blending. Moreover, the blending paint removes the comic book and cartoony look.
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8 most common blending techniques for miniature painting
There are different usual blending techniques for miniatures that are used by the artists to get the perfect results of their paintings. Let’s see these common and important blending techniques for miniature painting.
1. Dry brushing
Dry brushing is one of the most important and powerful blending techniques. It is a technique in which the pigment is applied on the raised surface of a miniature. If you are looking for maximum control during blending, this is a good technique. The biggest advantage of this technique is that its easy to learn and it is fast as compared to other techniques. It is a good technique for beginners. Even some professional artists are also using this technique for competitive works. You can easily achieve a smooth look by applying the very light layers of different colors.
2. Layering and glazing
Layering is one of the old blending techniques for miniatures, which is used by the artists to create the blending effects. This technique is about creating the different layers of the colors to create the blending effect. In this technique, you need to apply very thin paint to create the layers. For the layering, you can use the two paints. The first one is opaque and the second one is translucent paint. For the opaque paint, you can apply smaller and smaller areas over the same area. The underlying paint will show less and less by applying Opaque paint. The translucent paint should also be applied this way but with a tinting effect. When you want to apply the more layers of the paint, make sure it is thinner or more translucent. Matte mediums are perfect to create the blending effects with the layering technique.
3. Two brush blending
As clear from the name, in this technique you need two different brushes to create the blending effects. One brush is for applying the paint on the model, and the other one is to manipulate the paint translucency. The second one is usually dampened with the spit or saliva. In this technique, the paint is rapidly applied with the first brush, and the second brush helps you to push-and-pull the paint on the desired area on the model.
4. Feathering and loaded brush blending
Feather blending is one of the important things which you need to learn before loaded-brush blending. Usually, the artists use both techniques to create blending effects in their miniatures. These are the more powerful and versatile techniques that help you to create different effects. In the feathering technique, artists use a single brush with practiced movement. It provides you the maximum control during blending. In the loaded brush technique, the artists use the two paint colors. The darker color is applied first before the highlight color on the brush tip.
Stippling is one of the most important blending techniques for miniatures. In this technique, the paint is applied in less quantity with a stiff brush. This technique is usually applied in the drawing technique. This technique can also be used in two ways. But the best option is to use this technique over the already blended layers. You can get the stippling or dot effects by using the stiff brush over the blended layers. For the shadows, you can use a dark color. This technique is perfect to add the mud, dirt, or a cloth texture to a model. You can also use the softer natural sable brush for the stippling. But a brand-new brush is recommended for this purpose.
Airbrushing is a modern technique which is way beyond the simple primmer or base coat applications. You can create the creamiest and smoothest blends by using this technique. The airbrush nozzle, angle of interact, pressure, and the amount of the paint paly the role of how your paint is applied and look like. The best way to get perfect results is to learn about airbrush first. You need to practice with your airbrush to get control over the angle, pressure, and paint amount.
7. Wet blending
Wet blending is one of the hardest blending techniques for miniatures to learn. In this technique, you need to apply the different colors directly onto the model and have to make sure that the paint is still wet. To get the best results with this technique you can use the two separate brushes to apply the colors on the area, and leave a blank area between them. After that move the colors in that area with another clean brush. If you do all this process correctly, you will find a flawless transition.
8. wet-in-wet blending
This technique is somehow a little bit easier as compared to the wet blending technique. If you are comfortable with the wet blending technique, you can easily learn this technique. Unlike the wet technique, you can apply a layer of water on the model first. Make sure to not apply too much water which may become out of control. It is a good technique to provide you a good balance of control with a quick outcome.
From all the above discussion we can conclude there is a lot of blending techniques for the miniatures. Some are easier to learn as compared to some advanced blending techniques. Whatever technique you are going to use, a little bit of practice makes a big difference in the results. So, try to do some practice first to get excellent results.