Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Closing in the Gaps

As illustrated in my previous post, I created parts in Classic Cool Ken #10's hair using toffee brown acrylic paint. The parts were wider than I desired, especially on the sides, so I closed those in using a mixture of Apple Barrel Coffee Bean and Jet Black acrylic paints. One drop of Jet Black with a couple drops of Coffee Bean paint were mixed in a water bottle top.  I used the tip of a toothpick to apply the paint to the edges of each braided area, which gives the illusion of narrower parts. A collage of the original painted parts is shown below followed by a collage of the closed in gaps.

The original painted parts were a little too wide.

The gaps have been successfully closed in to my liking.
The cornrows look more realistic to me now.

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  1. Wow Debbie G. This is fantastic.

  2. Great job! Thanks for these tips!

    1. Thanks, Phyllis. I am told it can also be done with acetone applied to the tip of a Q-tip with the excess acetone squeezed out using a paper towel before applying the acetone-dipped Q-tip to the areas where you want to remove the paint. I might be inclined to use the tip of an acetone-dipped toothpick first to see if I could remove a thinner line of paint without worrying about removing from unwanted areas. I haven't tried either method, so please proceed with caution if you try either.


  3. You did a great job with him. :-)


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