Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Painting a micro mini with Maggie Bennett

About a year ago, I joined Maggie Bennett's micro mini club. Now I have more than a dozen tiny resins on my shelves. 
Although I enjoy them in their unpainted state, I would also love to show them. This means some of them should get painted, preferably by me. I've managed to get a few in primer, but then I get stuck. How do you go about painting something this small?
So I was really excited to learn that Maggie would be teaching a micro mini painting workshop at this year's BreyerWest. I signed up immediately, packed my magnifying visor and showed up ready to learn.
Since we were using hand painted acrylics, the first thing Maggie showed us was how to make a wet palette.
The supplies for this were simple: a paper plate, a sheet of parchment paper and a paper towel.
Fold the paper towel in half, saturate with water and place it on top of the parchment paper.
Then fold the parchment paper over the top of the paper towel and push the whole thing down into the paper plate. The water  keeps the parchment moist, which in turn, keeps the paints from drying too quickly. Depending on conditions, a wet palette can keep your paints usable for several hours or more. 
For this workshop we used five colors of paint: Titanium White, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber (should have been Burnt Umber) and Ivory Black.
Although it's always nice to have more options in your arsenal, these are the basics building blocks of most horse colors.
Maggie talked to us about basecoats, shading and the importance of using tiny amounts of paint. Then turned us loose. 
Like most of the workshop participants, I chose to paint my Chispa bay. Since time was limited, I decided to spend most of my time on shading, rather than trying to get him really smooth and perfect. 
Here's how he turned out. 
Obviously, he's not perfect, but I am pleased with the results. I learned a lot about working with acrylics, but more importantly, I got over my fear of painting something this size. In fact, I'm really looking forward to painting Chispa Number Two. Thank you, Maggie, for all the help and encouragement!

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