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Painting the background first and then adding the ghost indeed sounds like the right procedure. That way you'll ensure the transparency of the ghost is realistic. Like you mention, be sure to let the background dry long enough first before proceeding with painting the ghost. To thin down the paint, I'd recommend simply using a little additional oil and even ...


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Use acrylic paint as an underpainting. It can be safely used in combination with gouache. To retain as much as possible of the character of a gouache painting (the matte look and texture), I suggest diluting it nevertheless, which, in addition, will help keep an eventual underdrawing visible and improves adhesion (based on the discussion here, it otherwise ...


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Your problem is the opacity of most fabric paints; most liquid ones are only designed to work effectively on a white or light-colored shirt, and the thick plasticky "puffy paint" writers aren't going to be effective over large areas or in stencils. If you're working with just white, opaque white screen printing ink for fabric works very well. It ...


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Not much adheres to nylon. Umbrella fabric with a tight weave also won't provide an opportunity for paint to get through pores and lock itself to the material. The weave will provide more surface area than a smooth film, but I wouldn't expect paint to stick long term unless you can find some designed for nylon. There's something you could try (haven't ...


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Paper has the habit of becoming wavy when wet with water (other liquids too). So the first thing you might want to try is ti use a non-watery glue, but still suitable for paper. For the next projects, you might want to investigate about the types of paper available, to choose one more suitable for what you intend to do. During curing, make sure to apply ...


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For your current painting assemblage there is very little you can do. The paints will have warped the paper, and the glue might have done the same. You can glue the piece unto hardboard or another rigid surface (using, like virolino mentioned, a non-aqueous glue, such as glue-sticks, like Pritt's - be careful not to get too close to the paints, though, or ...


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Vinyl and plastic can be tricky to get paints to truly adhere to; if you're looking for an overall recolor of the doll to a fantasy tone, consider dye instead. You won't have any impact on the mobility of the doll, and as it penetrates the outer surface of the doll, you'll see much less wear and tear over time. Dyeing for recoloring has been used regularly ...


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