Practice...Practice....Practice... it takes practice to do good liner work in painting....there really aren't any shortcuts ! Here are a few helpful hints
You can not do good liner work by just dipping the tip of your brush in paint you must fill the brush with paint
When doing liner work your paint must be the consistency of ink. Dip your brush in water then in the side of the puddle of paint pulling a little of the paint to the side. Stir gently and then dip your brush in the water once more adding water to this paint on the side until the paint is nice and thin like ink
Now load the liner brush by stroking gently back and forth across filling the bristles with the ink consistence paint pulling the brush to a point
Hold your brush perpendicular to the surface do not let the brush handle slant backwards and use only tip end hairs of the brush. You must stay up on the tip end of the brush hairs for maximum control
You can either push the brush towards you or away find which way works best for you I prefer pulling toward me.
If the paint is to thin your line will look faded this means you have added to much water if it looks scratchy you have added to much- adding the correct amount only comes with practice
Do not rest your hand on the surface stick out your little finger using it for support and balance
The amount of pressure you apply will determine the thickness of the line....less pressure the line is thinner more pressure the line is thicker
Focus ahead of your line work rather than right where you painting- you will be amazed how much straighter your line will be
Liner work is important to the look of your final piece it requires lots of practice so don't become discouraged and don't give up !
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