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Applying White and Layering Question

Mike, when applying large fields of white and off white do you use a bottom layer of a certain color first and then apply white? Normally when I try and fill a large area with white it turns out very transparent and not fully saturated, but I've never try actually layering it first. Is there any certain tips you got? Also when layering colors such as red, do you normally use a darker tone of red first then a brighter red on top of that for a more fully saturated look?


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RE:Applying White and Layering Question

Good Questions! For large areas of white, it's not the best to go all white but just do a transition from an off white to solid white,i would usually do a soft lavender or blue mixed way down with white and pack it in,but i usually never do an undercoat and layer on top of it for the outcome to be brighter,and same goes with red i wont do an under tone to make the red brighter on top. Ill just go right in with a bright red if i want red to be bright.Usually the only times ill deal with under tones is if i know im not going to finish the tattoo in one day,then ill do certain tones whether its cool or warm tones in alot of the areas and knowing next time ill be going over the piece again with other colors and the tones under neath will show thru slightly depending on how much i go over it and cover it and depends on what colors im applying over the other colors. Whether or not its a dark color going over a light,then it could be pointless,but if its mid tone areas and later layer it with more mid tones or lighter tones,then it could work,and keep in mind what colors mix well with others when you do that,thats why i use alot of purple shades in my work,because purple is the greatest color in the world, if its the first sitting on a piece you could map the whole piece in with purple shades and go back and use any colors over it or near it and it will look good,because it blends with pretty much every color. But the more experience i get with this whole tattoo thing, the more im layering less, i like putting the color in as i see it and want it first rather than layering and wasting time when it could just be that right color right away.Helps speed up the process and gets it more saturated right off the get go,the only draw back to it,is the smoothness of the piece could suffer,but i would rather it be more solid than to light...hope this helps...
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RE:Applying White and Layering Question

That definitely helps out a lot. I wasn't sure if you layered every color or not. But now it feels comfortable to know you will do one solid pass if you wanna get straight to the color that you want. As for the white, I was thinking I would try an off white and a very light blue as well. Hopefully that goes well for me. Thanks for the detailed reply very much!
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