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Difference between wash and pigment powder

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  • Member since
    April 2019
Difference between wash and pigment powder
Posted by Redra on Saturday, May 4, 2019 2:15 AM


I am a little confused as to the difference of effect between pigment powders and washes, esp. When ppl mix the pigments with some liquid - effectively creating paint...

Would love to hear your thoughts on how they differ. 

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, May 4, 2019 5:59 AM

Hi Redra washes can be with pigments if they are very wet (thinned with water and a drop of dish washing liquid) or the same with chalk.



  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, May 4, 2019 6:39 AM

A wash is basicly a thin paint.  Pigment by itself can be applied to get a similar effect.  Washes can also be applied as a pin wash, to nestle into panel lines without staining the surrounding surface, which is difficult with dry pigments.

Both produce a semi-transparent affect, like a stain.  If you are very good with an airbrush you can get the same effect with it.  So there are at least three methods of replicating stains- probably more.  Dot filters do pretty much the same thing.



Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    January 2014
Posted by Silver on Saturday, May 4, 2019 11:44 AM

Paint washes are stronger when handeld.The others are mostly wax based.


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