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  • News: BreyerFest is here!
  • Updates: C2 New & Improved – Already!
  • Article: Pastels Part V – Blankets, Details & Sealing

News: BreyerFest is here!

In case you’ve been “out of the loop” or have just joined us, you should know that one of the biggest Model Horse Show in the country is happening this weekend in Lexington KY. You can find more information of a few of the happenings from previous years here: There are three days of nonstop horse action by the real horses as well as models.

And if you are going to BreyerFest and have some photos you would like to share, contact us of how to do that. We would love some great photos of those wonderful releases of 2010 to create a special page just for them. Of course we would give you complete credit as with the page here from Deb Marshall and Totsi from 2008.

Totsi from Breyerfest 2008

Updates: C2 is new and improved – already!

What IS C2?? Well if you remember from one of our previous articles, C2o is very basically a page that YOU create yourself directly on our website. What has changed already since our announcement just a few weeks ago? Now you can add up to FIVE photos for EACH page you create. Less hassle and more fun. In just a few minutes you can show off your collection and build a great page with more of your own photos. We’re really excited about this update! And we hope you are too! Check out previous pages that our readers have made.(These were done with the older version of C2.)

Visit our readers' vintage pages!

Now onto today’s article.

In Pastels Part IV Elaine covered some great “how to” details of creating dapples as well as shading. If you missed that article, or would like a refresher, you can find it in our last Spotlight issue.

Spotlight issue #49

Today Elaine helps us learn about adding the white markings or “chrome” that will help make your custom model truly “One Of A Kind”.

Article: Choosing Mediums – Pastels Part V

For blanketing, pinto and white markings I use watered down white Gesso. Apply your white in many thin layers letting each layer dry completely. You’ve gotten this far and the last thing you want now is drag marks in your paint! Make sure your layers of white are actually white; you don’t want the dark pastel showing through causing a dirty appearance.

For the final details, i.e. inside of nostrils, muzzle and eyes, use watered down (or extender) in artist’s acrylics. Hooves can be done using either pastels or acrylics; I prefer to use a combination of both.

Sealing of your model. Everyone is all fired up and excited by this point in time but it is critical that you continue go slowly to achieve that fabulous end result. Depending on the look you want – whether it be glossy or matte – apply your final layers of sealer in THIN even coats allowing each layer to build up and completely dry in between. Glossy sealers take longer to dry than matte. Don’t over spray your model or you will end up with run marks in the sealer and will be doing some very light and VERY careful sanding to remove them. Regardless of what sealer I am using I always allow a 1 hour drying time between layers. Tedious, yes, but well worth the wait!!

The final touch is using the clear fingernail polish if you have decided to seal your model using a matte finish. Apply the fingernail polish to the eyes, inside of the nostrils and the hooves. Once dried your model is complete.

I hope you have found this article both informative and exciting. Good luck to you on your pastel project – and thanks for letting me share!

We have received an interest in removing paint on models before customizing them. The next article will address this topic. If you have anything specific you would like to see us cover please drop us a line and express your interest.

Thank you Elaine, and until next time – Keep imagining!

Breyer Horse Collectors