Tricks and tips to improve your finishing touches and painting techniques in lure making!
Lure making is as much an art as it is a hobby and to some the paintjob is one of the most challenging and frustrating steps! Here are four tips you can use to insure that your next lures finishing touches are perfect;
Reference Photos – Many wildlife artists reference photos of the animals which they paint or sculpt. This can be a great approach to take in lure making as well. When you are at the point of painting and finishing your lure, have a look at some of he photos of baitfish and other small prey which may be the food source for the type of fish you hope to catch. Take notice of color patterns and markings on the fins and skin. You don’t need to worry about duplicating the appearance of the real fish perfectly, simply get inspired and use the photo as a guide!
Blend your Paint – One of the biggest mistakes made by new lure makers is that they limit themselves to their original purchased paint colors. If all the paints available are the same brand and type, then they can be mixed easily to provide any lure designer new, endless color options. For example, try mixing a small amount of bright blue with a drop of red paint to achieve a vibrant, fisheye catching purple.
Invest in Artist Quality Brushes – Some times it is the small details in a lure that lead to catching big fish! In lure making it is always worth while to invest in artist quality materials, brushes especially. There are many brush combination packages available to purchase. All of which will include a variety of tips, bristle types and thicknesses which will help to achieve the perfection and intricacies needed in lure making.
Learn your color wheel! This may seem like artistic mumbo-jumbo but the truth is, almost all commercial lure making techniques are focused around the color wheel. Learn to recognize contrasting colors, color schemes and complimentary combinations to take your homemade lures to a more professional level.
Experiment and Try new Techniques! Don’t be afraid to try something different! After all a lure making hobby is supposed to be fun!
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