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I would say I was at a fairly good standard of painting now but 1 issue I keep having is accidentally flicking a dark colour such as black onto a light colour (white)

How do you cover it up. I used to just put a thick blob of white on but this is not clean and can ruin the flow of the paint job. Building the layers back up can be time consuming. Are there simpler ways of getting the paint off or ways to improve a steady hand?

This issue applies to all colours but black on white seems to be the hardest issue to correct

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I know it's not much of a help to you but the best way is to just try and keep a steady hand, I shake like a Frenchman in a warzone but what helps me is to hold the model between thumb and fore finger base to head with my left hand, rest that hand on a table or knee and paint with my right hand with the base of my hand resting on my left hand, sounds awkward but it's probably just the way I'm describing it, anyway, takes most of the shakes out of my hands
 

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As for the solution of covering up a mistake, I would recommend purchasing a paint that has very good coverage, Vallejo sky grey for instance is a light grey and when applied in a suitable consistency will cover over most colours. This will then make covering using your original light colour need fewer coats.

In a pinch blobing on a very thinned down paint will cover and dry back reasonable smooth, though will have a surface texture it will be less noticable. But i would not recommend for any higher end paint jobs.

As for steadying your hand, that comes with practice and by resting your hands together and also resting them on your desk or other surface. But i would say most mistakes of this fashion come from not noticing what your brush is doing and how much paint is on your brush. For instance if you have paint all the way up your brush and only using a relatively small amount of the brush on the miniature then you have to take more care noticing where more of your brush is than you need to. simply take note of were all of the brush is not just the part your using, and if your only using the tip of your brush then dont have paint all way up your brush.
 

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A steady hand is the key I think, my error is going to the gym then getting home and painting, I usually have the shakes and aches.

However I do have some Vallejo sky grey and this work really well. I never realised how few coats I needed to layer as i only use the Vallejo paints for basing and my air gun.

I was painting some eldar rangers, which I based black. For the white helmets i used 2/3 layers of Vallejo grey then applied the white after.

Thanks for the tips, it worked a treat :)
 

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I know it's not much of a help to you but the best way is to just try and keep a steady hand, I shake like a Frenchman in a warzone but what helps me is to hold the model between thumb and fore finger base to head with my left hand, rest that hand on a table or knee and paint with my right hand with the base of my hand resting on my left hand, sounds awkward but it's probably just the way I'm describing it, anyway, takes most of the shakes out of my hands

This is the way I do it. Minimizes the shaking of the brush in relation to the model.
 

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I use several thinned coats to fix the problem if is in an exposed location and it is obvious, but if it well hidden just a blob will do just fine.
 

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Another good idea is to work up through your colours from dark to light, and largest areas to smallest areas.

A careful order of operations can save you a huge amount of frustration.
 

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I generally try and put blue tack on lighter area if I am painting a dark colour or if the area is large enough some masking tape so it gets rid of any chance of it happening in the first place. Its really satisfying when you do accidentally get paint on the masking tape and you know that you dont have to re-paint anything :)
 

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I like the blue tac idea, I bought some new brushes too, i think some of my detailed brushes have frayed bristles. I saw a good youtube video which showed how to hold a brush and apply paint, it sounds very noddy and basic but what i learned from it has improved my skills ten fold. If i find it again i will post it. But cheers for the tips :)
 

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I keep another brush handy and dip it in water and quickly go over any mistakes. Then get yet another brush (dry) and soak up the water/paint from the area you don't want it in.
 
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