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My Biggest Mistakes
Second, I used messy shortcuts. The most egregious of these was using the portrait pink paint. I mixed it with other colors, but I only created mud for the most part. I know better than that. I should have mixed my own colors from primary shades and browns. I also should have used one of my palette knives to mix the shades on a real palette. The disposable plates are too small and allow the paint to dry too fast. They are also wasteful!
Now I am using the Masterson's Sta-Wet Handy Palette, which is a smaller version of the classic Sta-Wet Palette, which I owned for 12-15 years. I threw it out earlier this year because it had become cracked and warped. I like the Handy Palette better because it is easier for me to handle.
I also decided to upgrade my paints. The Daler Rowney Simply are okay, and I stand by my initial review, but I do have a little bit of painting experience, and I had a feeling that some of my initial hiccups were due to the paint after all. Turns out that this was true. I am having much better results using Liquitex Basics and Arteza acrylic colors.
I bought the Liquitex Basics Classic Beginner's Set of 6, which includes Napthol Crimson, Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow Medium (hue), Pthalocyanine Green, Mars Black, and Titanium White. I bought the Burnt Umber separately as well as a tube of Liquitex Professional Heavy Body acrylics in Titanium White. I really wanted to try one of the pro colors for comparison. The Arteza paints I bought were Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber.
So I went on a shopping spree here, and also got some Golden Glazing fluid medium and Liquitex Basics gloss gel medium. Detailed reviews are coming, but for now I will tell you that I really liked everything I bought. Liquitex Basics is an affordable but very high quality line for students. The Arteza paints seem to be very similar. I only have two of those, but I cannot tell the difference between the brands when I am using them. Solid investment!
My final major mistake was trying to learn too many new interests at once. While I did have some confidence in taking up the acrylics, I found more challenges in learning to create and edit videos. In my first videos I had a lot of trouble with lighting and stabilizing the camera. My old tripod was absolute junk, and old junk at that. So what did I do about it? Yep, I bought a light to attach to my camera and a new tripod. Again, reviews are coming, but these two inexpensive items made a huge difference in video quality. You can see it in the video below. I have better angles and clearer shots. I still have room for improvement, of course.
Do you have tips for painting and filming/editing to share? If so, I would love for you to leave them in the comments. I will be filming the rest of this painting exercise this week, and I will also write some of those reviews I have promised. Thanks for reading and watching!