So I'm looking into getting started on card alters. What paint and supplies do use/recommend?
Well, you want the tiniest brushes you can find. They also need to be of at least pretty good quality because, like with most things, you get what you pay for! :) Miniature gaming brushes come in perfectly-tiny sizes, but they can get a tad expensive. If you can find a good art supply store you can find a wider selection (we use a local one because we love to support local businesses, but Joann’s or Hobby Lobby carries them as well).
Now, as for paint, you can *technically* use any acrylics, but quality matters even more than the brush. Cheaper, dollar-store acrylics go on thick, don’t mix as well, and don’t usually dry smoothly. Personally we swear by Golden Fluid Acrylics. They are pricy but they come pre-thinned so they go on smooth and they provide us with the best “finish”, by far. Try to find a “starter” box set since those usually give you 8-16 1/2oz. bottles which is a great starting foundation that should allow you to produce almost any color and tone. A lot of other alterers only use this brand as well so they come highly recommended, but ultimately its your decision. If you’re talented and careful with your strokes you may be able to use poorer-quality paints to achieve the same results. Or maybe you have a favorite brand you use for other artwork, and you’d like to try it on some Magic cards. It’s totally your choice, this is just our personal preference.
Lastly, welcome to the Royal Order of Magic Card Alterers! Best of luck to you and remember, above all else: have fun expressing yourself! ^.^
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“Poor people stay poor because they do arts degrees.”
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Poor people stay poor because other artists have allowed the industry to degrade to a level that people drastically undervalue art. In graphic arts, an independent artist typically makes below minimum wage. So many people take advantage of starting out and struggling artists, that they offer “exposure” as compensation. Or a hideously low rate. I have had people offer to pay me just $5/page for color work. And they saw nothing wrong with this offer. This is for something that I typically spend 4-6 hours per page on. And there are artists out there so desperate for ANY money, they will accept those offers. And thus perpetuate the idea that this is okay.
No, poor people aren’t poor because they take art degrees. They’re poor because there are entitled assholes who take advantage of them so they can turn a bigger profit.
Art is everywhere. Try to imagine a world without it. Without graphics. Without font design. Without logos. Everything done in the same, bland typefaces, with no images and no sense of color. Artists are more than people who sit and make pretty pictures. They are what gives companies an image, an identity. So why are they treated like the lowest possible rank?
Relevant to all artists including alter artists. Don’t undermine your work, especially if it’s not something anyone can do without years of practice and education. : )
And to all of the people who support artists’ work, THANK YOU! We appreciate all the love~
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