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In this craft video Cheri shows us how to choose colors and paint your clay fish.
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Okay, I brought my fish back. He dried over night and we’re ready to start painting and I was thinking about a color scheme, and this fish we had painted with warm colors with the red, yellows, and oranges. And I’ve decided that this time, maybe we would go with the cool color scheme. And I was thinking maybe about two shades of purple, and maybe two shades of blue. Maybe for the scales, and I was thinking maybe the opening of the mouth here, we could do with the dark purple, and his tale fin and maybe the fin across the top of this back could be the dark purple and we would use the light purple for his fins here, and maybe for his eyes, or I might go with black for some contrast on his eyes.
But anyway, once I get started painting, I’ll have abetter idea of what direction I’m going to go with the color scheme. But I definitely want to stick with cool colors. So I'm going ahead and start with my bright purple.
And paint his mouth and his tail here. And I've got my water, my different size brushes, and the paper towel here on my paint in my pallet and I’m ready to go.
So I'm just going to start back here on his tail fin. I notice that I really do like to pick color schemes. I know it’s hard to resist the urge to want to use every color in your paint box, but art works would really do look a lot better when you narrow down your choice of colors and actually a kind of do some planning ahead of time.
This is a little tricky when you go to, do the like for the mouth, just making me think maybe, which is going to this. And then we can paint the inside of this mouth with light purple and that makes more stamps. What happens a lot when you’re planning things, you have to be willing to make changes as you go because things for now are going to be simple as you thought they were when you started out, so I think that looks better.
Acrylic paints are a plastic product and they do have a natural sheen to them. Temperate paints will be okay, but they do tend to powder a little bit and you get a mat finished on them. So you can even use water colors on clay. But you got to go easy on the water part because since its clay isn’t fired, you could actually start to break down the clay a little bit, and it would start to get kind of wet again. So you want to be careful about using water colors. You know? Or you can use permanent markers and color on them, just kind of depends on how you want the finished look of the project to be.
Now, we can move on to another color. Now here comes the fun part, painting of the scales. My suggestion is to make things a little bit easier is to maybe paint a section of them because they are really difficult to paint. So I would kinda paint a little section of them and then you can switch to colors. I wouldn’t try and alternate every other scale to try and do some kind of checkerboard pattern.
And actually when I did this one, I painted the lighter color, the yellow first. I let that totally dry and then I came back over with the yellow-orange and picked out some of the scales I wanted to painted yellow-orange that made it a whole lot simpler. So you know that choice is going to be up to you when you start painting. And once the paint dried, you can always go back and you know if you decide, you don’t have enough of one color of the scales, you just go back and repaint on the other color.
You want to make certain that if you’re not using a paint brush that it’s definitely soaking in water, because if you leave them sitting out, acrylic paint can dry in the brushes and it doesn’t wash out. It’s there for eternity. It turns into plastic and you have this hard crusty plastic brushes that you basically have to throw in the trash. So just make sure that you keep your brushes soaking.
And I'm going to go ahead and pick out the other shade of blue and we’re going to start painting the rest of the scales. And then I’ll go ahead and start with the other shade of blue.
Okay, I’m just doing some little touch up work here, I’m finishing off these scales. I’ve got a few on the bottom, and then I can go back and touch up any of the turquoise blue ones, okay. Now, we’re going to let this dry and then like I said, we’ll come back and paint the bottom and there’s one thing I did forget to do, definitely. I forgot to paint the inside of the fish’s mouth. And you want a kind to go back as far as you can because you’ll be able to see inside of his mouth. And then when everything is totally dry, then you can carefully reach inside the fish, if you can actually reach that paper, and you can gently—if it’s within your reach, pull it out. This fish, actually I can’t even see the paper inside of them, so the best thing to do is just leave it in there. It’s not going to bother anybody. I'm going to finish inside of him, and then I'm going to let him dry, turn him so you can see him.
And there, you have our cool colored taco fish. It’s just about to complete. So I'm going to put all my brushes in some water and go ahead and start cleaning up.