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Zephyr110 Oct 2018 2:35 p.m. PST

Basically, I'm looking for an acrylic paint that as it dries, it forms raised ridges that resemble a "fur" texture in the direction of the brush strokes. Has anybody heard of such a paint?
(Yeah, it's a long shot, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Might look into "inventing" it myself if needs be… ;-)

Cacique Caribe10 Oct 2018 2:58 p.m. PST

I would suggest a light sprinkle of static grass over the target area, if I didnt already suspect the HUGE mess that would make*. :)

Seriously though, how about using thicker paint or waiting for it to be partly dry to give it one final pass with the bristles?

Whatever you do, try it first on something you are not overly fond of.

* Unless, once dried in place, you gave the static grass a very gentle coating of diluted (50/50) PVA before trying to paint the surface with spray paints. I would not apply anything else using a brush after the diluted PVA has dried and "encased" the fibers.

stephen m10 Oct 2018 5:06 p.m. PST

Get a pet Newfoundland dog and have it with you when you paint.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 6:27 p.m. PST

I once saw a car a friend was interested in buying that had been brush painted, and it definitely showed lines. I think the guy must have used a house painting brush, perhaps 4 inches wide. So, some sort of stiff, thick brush. He must have used a very thick paint. I'd say house paint, but the colors weren't right. The procedure definitely left lines in the paint that were visible and you could feel. He may have kept brushing away until the paint dried. You'd need to figure out how to make the lines shorter.

Just some thoughts--I hope there might be something useful there.


Cacique Caribe10 Oct 2018 9:17 p.m. PST

I have a feeling that these might not be brush strokes. :)



gavandjosh0210 Oct 2018 9:52 p.m. PST

There may be a textured outdoor/house paint that may meet your requirement. Try a hardware/paint store.

skinkmasterreturns10 Oct 2018 10:48 p.m. PST

Try applying some water putty to the area and stippling with a heavy brush,then paint it when it's dry.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 2:26 a.m. PST

Probably from the same firm that supplies tartan paint

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 6:39 a.m. PST

I think "Cacique Caribe" is on to something with his static grass idea.

I've been making Thickets using sisal twine using the "nevinsrip" method TMP link and the static grass adds a whole new dimension to the word thickness. Might work!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 11:33 a.m. PST

Get some pipe cleaners and shave the fuzz off into a plastic bottle cap. Then add your paint and PVA glue (I usually use wood glue) 50/50.

This also works with metal confetti, sand, grit, dried oregano, etc. for other textures.

MajorB11 Oct 2018 11:46 a.m. PST

You should find it right next to the tartan paint.

Cacique Caribe11 Oct 2018 1:27 p.m. PST

Or the All-Purpose Spray.




Cacique Caribe11 Oct 2018 1:32 p.m. PST

This suggestion is going to sound a bit crazy. Okay, well, crazier than your usual CC suggestions. :)

How about a cheaper version of the spray-on hair for covering up bald spots!



Or this roll-on version.


Surely someone in China is selling something similar for cheap.

Then just fix it in place with watered down PVA or some other sealer.

PS. Hmm … That might even work on trees, or anything you want to build up needle-like texture on. If it works then I might not need to continue my experiments with the Woodland Scenics' polyfiber stuff:

Zephyr111 Oct 2018 2:41 p.m. PST

Thanks all! CC came pretty close with the flocking idea (which is what I'll probably use.) A little net searching for flocking fiber brought up a whole freakin' hobby industry dedicated to flocking LOL. Turns out it's not much more difficult than painting, and the materials aren't much more expensive than a bottle of paint runs, so it's within the budget for experimentation… ;-)

Ran across this place:

Has quite the selection of colored flocks, and pdf instructions that answer many questions, so worth a look.

thumbs up

Aethelflaeda was framed12 Oct 2018 6:18 a.m. PST

There are thickening fillers in the acrylic paint section of the fine arts section of the artist shop. Some of these will do the trick. What you are doing is called impasto. Apply the paint with a stiff bristle brush to comb the effect. Think zemmerit techniques for ww2 tank modeling.

CeruLucifus12 Oct 2018 6:20 p.m. PST

Liquitex has a Blended Fibers effects medium which may do what you want: link

I haven't used it personally so I can't speak to how well it works.

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