Virtual Missenden – Blob Removal

Having mentioned blob removal on a couple of occasions, I thought that it would be a good idea to illustrate the process rather than just write about it. I haven’t quite got the hang of background noises, so it might be best to mute this pair of clips.

Applying the wash.

Thinned enamel wash applied with a rigger brush, using capillary action to get the fluid into the detail areas. The blobs are left to dry for about 15 minutes.

Removing the blobs.

A clean rigger brush is dampened with white spirit and the bristles laid as flat against the surface as possible. By moving the bristles from side to side against the edge of each blob, the excess paint is removed, but the detail retains its almost-dry layer. It is important to wipe off the removed paint after each stroke. If you don’t do that, all you will do is reposition the paint around the workpiece.

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