KILLER AIRBRUSH Q&A: I’m looking for a paint that will give me a ghost effect on silver base … preferably in the red range, but not pink. Customer does not mind flip or flake. Any suggestions?

AIRBRUSH KILLER Q&A: Ghosting Effect

Looking for a paint that will give me a ghost effect on silver base … preferably in the red range, but not pink. Customer does not mind flip or flake. Any suggestions? – Anonymous

Super-transparent candy colors are commonly used for ghost effects. Add layers in selected spots to deepen the color, and voila, some areas pop and others fade away.

However, a true ghost effect—an element that totally disappears when viewed head-on, but emerges when glimpsed at an angle—can’t be achieved with color layers, says Terry Hill.  Instead, he’ll use texture instead of color for ghosting. “For example, a coarse-grain metallic along with a medium-grain metallic, both in the same color but one only in certain areas. Then the effect happens because of the textural layering. At a side angle it’s very prominent, but it’s invisible head-on.”

Another option is to work off the color values of an iridescent paint, one that flips through several tones as the viewer’s perspective changes.  Lay down a red base color and choose an iridescent product whose middle tone matches the base shade. “You paint the design with the iridescent paint, and then that top layer will disappear into the base color when you look at it head-on,” Hill says. “When you look from the side, you see the other tone, and the design emerges.”

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