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    color matching

    did you ever have one of those colors you just could not get. I'm working on an existing counter top that is a gray. with about 20 years of ambering of varnish to it. So I stripped it and had a supply shop match it up in lacquer for me, they were so far off. I had some real tweeking to do.

    What is the hardest color you have to match up?
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    Flesh tones on a statue.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Don are you working with Acrylic paints for touch up's. If so I can help you out. Flesh tones are very easy but takes a good eye and a lot of suttle mixing of color as you go. Little bit of this and a little big of that. As you know flesh tones vary a lot when matching. This painting had a big hole in the right side of the mouth area. I had to repaint about a 2x3" area. This guy was the Chaplin of the Senate in the 40's and 50's, His portrait hangs in the Nation Episcopal church in DC Which he founded.
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    Last edited by Dave Hawksford; 10-12-2010 at 05:15 PM.
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    I had a statue that had both arms broken off and after putting them back on I had to touch up the torso to get the color to match, Yes I used acrylics and after a lot of a little of this and a little of that I was so successful that you couldn't tell the repairs had ever been made or that it had been broken, but it took a lot of mixing to get a match
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    That great Don. Flesh tones use to be hard but then I started taking my time and worked at it. The frustration level went way down and the success with way up.
    I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
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