Using shade cakes creates a soft finish on your plastercraft piece. There are several different ways to us ethem. The following are two different techniques.
- Using a stiff, dry paint brush, load color onto brush. Start with light colors first and work up to darker colors. Remember when using this technique, you will not have clean, straight lines. Shade cakes create a soft finish where the colors should slightly run into each other.
- Because the brush must be dry when performing this technique, you must clean your brush between colors by loading the brush with a white shade cake and wiping off on a paper towel until all color comes out. When you are finished working for the day, you may clean your brush with soap and water.
- When your piece is complete, spray with matte finish. If you desire a gloss finish, you can spray that over the matte finish. Do not apply the gloss spray directly over shade cakes. Doing this will cause the colors to run.
This technique is to use shade cakes over painted colors as a highlight. For example, if you painted something with a person on it, you could use this technique to give them rosy cheeks or shade their hair. This is a way for your pieces to have a professional look.
- Your piece should be prepared and painted using Perfect Color Matte or gloss finish paints.
- Using a dry, stiff brush loaded with your shade cake color, brush onto desired area of your piece. The shade cake color should be darker than the paint.
- Spray with a matte finish. If you desire a gloss finish, you can spray it over the matte finish. Do not apply the gloss spray directly over shade cakes. Doing this will cause the shade cake color to run.