Fine Line Bottles for Acrylic Paint Detailing

Fine Line Bottles for Acrylic Paint Detailing

If you follow my work, you already know I am obsessed with these products. If you are used to working with tiny brushes or paint markers on canvas to get crisp fine lines, but get tired of uneven applications and paint running out too quickly then this is the solution for you!

I have now included product links from Amazon and Dick Blick. I am an affiliate with both companies and I will earn commission on items purchased within 24 hours of clicking the links.

I have included links as well as my paint recipe for filling the bottles below.

Fine Line Bottle Options:

Precision Fineline Applicator (Slim 1 oz. bottle)

This option is my ultimate favorite fine lining bottle and is the one I use most often on Instagram. The new slim design is easier to handle, and the plastic is softer and easier to squeeze. I prefer the 20 gauge bottles (blue tipped).

Dick Blick (Cheaper Option)

Amazon

 

Precision Fineline Applicators (1.25 oz bottle)

This is the product I first fell in love with. Again, I use the 20 gauge bottles. The tip is a little bit smaller, so I am able to get thinner lines with the right control. 

Dick Blick (Cheaper Option)

Amazon 

30ml Needle Tip Quilling Glue Bottles

These bottles have a wider opening, but can still perform really well for fine lining. I also use them when making my fluid flower paintings.

 

Paint Recipe:

When filling these bottles with acrylic paint, you are going to need to dilute your paints a little bit for optimal flow. I use a soft bodied paint like Liquitex Basics mixed with a small amount of water.

For my metallic silvers and golds, I currently use cheap craft paint. They are already quite thin so they don’t need any water mixed in.

I do not fill the bottles all the way, as a full bottle is often harder to squeeze. If paint doesn’t come out easily, add a little more water. If paint pours out of the bottle, you need more paint.

Care and Tips:

These bottles can clog! It is important to always cap your bottles right when you are finished using them. Especially with the Precision Applicators. Letting paint dry in the tip can ruin the bottle.

I keep a spool of 26 gauge wire in my studio to run through the tips if they do clog. For stubborn clogs, disassemble the tip and soak in hot soapy water. Try running the wire through the tip every couple of hours until the clog breaks loose.

Give your hands a break and be patient!

If you are like me and get distracted for hours with detail work, your hand is going to get crazy sore. Stretch them out a couple of times an hour.

Also, since the bottles are a little awkward, your lines won’t be precise and controlled right away. Give yourself time to practice!

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Thanks for reading! Check out my Product Details and Reviews for more info on what I use in my studio!

-Kelly

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Liquitex Gloss Varnish Comparison

Liquitex Gloss Varnish Comparison

High Gloss Varnish vs. Gloss Medium and Varnish

*Disclosure: I earn commission on purchases made through the Blick Art Materials links when the purchase is made within 24 hours of clicking. 

It’s important to varnish your finished artwork for a variety of reasons. Varnish protects your art from dust and dirt, some varnishes protect your work from UV damage, and gloss varnishes can bring deep colors to life when applied.

Varnishing is one of my favorite steps in creating new work, because it’s that final moment of creation. It’s done. It’s finished. It’s glorious!!

I use two main varnishes at the moment:

Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish Pros and Cons


This was my primary varnish until I tried the High Gloss product. Now I never use this as a final varnish. Overall, I think this product is okay, but the finished gloss isn’t as glossy as I’d like. It gets too streaky, and if my finished canvases were touching each other, the surfaces stick together and bad things happen. Moments of panic have occurred when setting up for shows because of this…

Pros:
  • It can also be used as an extender, glazing medium, or fixative.
  • It can be diluted with water.
  • I use it now in a spray bottle mixed with 3 parts water as a fixative for my fine lines before applying final varnish. This prevents any of my lines from smearing or streaking while varnishing.
  • You can apply it with a foam or synthetic brush.
Cons:
  • This varnish streaks very easily if you add too much varnish at a time. Apply very thin layers.
  • Consistency is much thicker than the High Gloss Varnish so it needs to be worked into the canvas more if not diluted with water.
  • I found I needed to add 3 to 5 coats, to get the finish I wanted.
  • If you overwork the varnish, it can dry with a milky/cloudy appearance.
  • It’s a lower gloss finish.
  • Finished surface feels tacky and sticks to other canvases when touching.

Liquitex High Gloss Varnish Pros and Cons

I love this product. It has a much thinner consistency that the Gloss Medium and Varnish so it’s easier to apply and it dries to a much glossier finish.

Pros:
  • It’s truly high gloss.
  • The thinner consistency makes it easier to apply.
  • Streaks less than the Gloss Medium and Varnish, and not at all if applied well.
  • Only needs 2 coats for an even finish. (You can apply more if you prefer.)
Cons:
  • If you apply too thick or too thin for the first coat, it can have noticeable streaks, so you have to find the right amount to use and keep checking your strokes in the light to make sure it’s applied evenly as you go.
  • This varnish can still dry with a cloudy appearance if it is overworked when applying, but with the thinner consistency it’s harder to overwork.
  • It dries pretty quickly, so make sure to rework the areas you need to right away to avoid overworking.
  • You have to wait 3 hours between coats.
  • Bubbles often form while applying.

Tips and Tricks for High Gloss Varnish

  • Always apply with a foam brush! This varnish can get streaky if applied with the wrong brush.
  • Load the brush with varnish and apply with light pressure. Do one or two slow and even passes for each strip of varnish applied.
  • Always apply at least two thin coats and let each layer dry for at least 3 hours before adding the next.
  • Again, do not overwork the varnish! If you notice a streak and and try to rework the are, but find the brush encounters sticky resistance, leave it to dry and fix it on the next coat.
  • Do not thin with water.
  • If bubbles form you can slowly pass over the area with your brush again or blow on them to pop them.

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If you are in the market for a new gloss varnish, I definitely recommend Liquitex High Gloss Varnish. I absolutely love the even coverage and how it brings depth to my deeper colors.

I recommend skipping the Gloss Medium and Varnish if you don’t have other uses for it. Or go ahead and test them both and see what you think!

Thanks so much checking out this review. If you have any questions or product opinions, let me know below!

-Kelly

P.S. If you enjoy my blogs and gain any inspiration from the content I put out there, please consider becoming a Patron of Messy Ever After on Patreon. Pledging just $1 a month enables me to keep doing what I do. Plus, you get extra little perks like phone wallpapers and the ability to pick my brain whenever you want through the artist Q&A perk.

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Recording Art Videos with a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

Recording Art Videos with a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

Recording Art Videos with a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

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Are you looking into recording your artistic process for Youtube or Instagram? Have you been propping your smartphone up on random books and varnish containers to try and get the right angles?

I have a solution for you.

In 2017, I started recording my videos with an old Nikon point and shoot camera and a tripod. The tripod legs always got in the way and the video quality was poor.  Then I tried my Canon Rebel T3i, which created high quality video, but I was only able to record 11 minutes at a time due to storage limits. Then I switched to using my Samsung Galaxy phone, but ran out of storage too quickly and couldn’t listen to music at the same time.

I didn’t want to buy a really expensive camera, because I really couldn’t justify the expense on something like this, so I did some more research.

I finally found my favorite Recording solution:

A Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 with a Scissor Arm Desk Mount Stand 

This is my current setup:

I have recently painted my desktop white, but here is a current example of what my videos look like after recording with the Logitech webcam and editing with Adobe Premier Pro:

In any situation where you are recording or photographing art:

Make sure you have a well lit work area. I always use clamp lights with daylight bulbs in my studio. I also have daylight bulbs in all of my light fixtures.

A great camera with crappy lighting won’t produce a great video unless you really know what you’re doing.

Logitech c920 Webcam Pros

  • It’s fairly cheap (around $50)
  • It records 1080p HD video
  • Video quality is perfect for Youtube as well as Instagram
  • I can record straight to my laptop and easily import into Premier Pro
  • Logitech software is easy to use and you can manipulate the camera settings easily.
  • It’s really easy to adjust the angle of the webcam when using the scissor arm mount.

Cons

  • I haven’t played with the audio, so I can’t speak to its quality. Since I record time lapse videos most often, I just delete the audio track.
  • I experienced camera flicker once (black bars moving through the video), but this was easily remedied by adjusting the camera settings through the Logitech software.
  • You’ll need to have your computer with a USB port setup near your work to record.
  • I usually have to adjust the settings in the software every time I open it.

Even with the cons, I think the awesome price makes up for everything. I completely love using this webcam for recording. It’s an inexpensive way to get into recording and building your artistic brand on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and more.

Videos are a great way to get exposure for your art, so I encourage you to start recording in any way you can. It has made me a very happy artist.

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If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Check out my FAQs page for more info on the products I use!

-Kelly

P.S. If you enjoy my blogs and gain any inspiration from the content I put out there, please consider becoming a Patron of Messy Ever After on Patreon. Pledging just $1 a month enables me to keep doing what I do. Plus, you get extra little perks like phone wallpapers and the ability to pick my brain whenever you want through the artist Q&A perk.

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