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Creating a color palette

Tip: For many years, I was frustrated when the time came to pick out the colors I needed for my modeling projects.

Not long ago, I solved that problem by starting a color palette. I paint a sample of each color I have on one piece of thick, white cardboard. I number the color, and I put that same number on the jar of paint.

When I get a new jar of paint, or I mix up a jar of a different color, I add it to my pallet, and I can also see what the color will look like when it's dry.

I have one palette card for flat colors, one for gloss, and another for metallic and other strange colors. I also have one for acrylic colors.

Now it's quick and easy to find the color I want. And I don't have to read the label on the jar and try to figure out what it will look like.

- Jim Fernandez
Salt Lake City. Utah

Ken: Astute readers of this magazine will recognize Jim as the award-winning builder of such notable models as the "Bad Guys Car Show," which won the Modeler's Choice award at GSL-XX. Jim is a highly talented and imaginative modeler with a long list of credentials, and we're glad he stopped by to share this helpful gem with us.




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