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Jo Sonja's paints question

Discussion in 'Acrylics' started by BESPJL, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. BESPJL Active Member

    Hi all,

    Does any anyone use Jo Sonja's paints?
    Do they need any thing added to dry matt?

    What is your opinion of them?

  2. Mark S Guest

    I find they dry matt OK for me....any particular colours or tubes you're having trouble with.
  3. BESPJL Active Member

    Thanks Mark for your reply.

    It seems the they dry with a little shine.

    What do you use to dillute them and the ratio?
  4. Mark S Guest

    Paulo, you may be using them to thickly,....I simply dilute with water, you can use distilled if you like.
    Try using a thin wash and apply more than one coat, that is, apply one thin very diluted wash, let it dry and apply a second and so on.
    You should get matt results doing that.
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  5. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

    Some of them do not dry matt , you need to look at the tubes ,if I remember right it tells you on them whether they are opaque which dry matt and the translucent ones give a shine .
    I did not like them and they ended in the bin , but anything remotely resembling acrylic and I don't mix :) right down to household paint :D
    They are really gauche and not acrylic and if you apply too thickly they will become grainy , some guys get great results with them though .
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  6. Nap Moderator


    The comments are spot on some are opaque which dry Matt others (translucent) are a little bit shiny

    Not tried adding the Tamiya X21 matting agent though to these

    They are thick and a little awkward to control getting a small amount out for painting I think I might put some into dropper bottles ....thinning as Mark says is needed

    Ron ..."In the bin"......Arghh!!

  7. BESPJL Active Member

    Thank you for your tips guys.

    Applying them accordingly: not thinning the paint, add lots of X-21 and not let them dry :joyful:

  8. bogusman53 Active Member

    I would certainly thin with diluted water and perhaps a tiny drop of retarder , I use a wet palette so a blob of retarder on it will last ages and you can use a clean brush to add it to your blob of paint and then mix. Key to using these paints is not to go for full coverage in one go. They do work with X-21 as well but not too much as it will dry chalky. Take a look at the kings IMO of acrylics Lee Sang Eon, owner of Life Miniatures, Man J Kim and Kirill Kanaev one of the latest to paint Young Miniatures excellent busts and not forgetting Young B song himself and our own Gothicgeek of Planetfigure. By the way check out Lee Sang Eons SBS on his Life Miniatures page.
    Hope this helps and keep painting.
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  9. Artsupplies New Member


    I use Jo Sonjas paints and they dry mat good for me. Some of the wonderful tips are here. Thanks.
  10. Jaybo Well-Known Member

    I really enjoy Jo Sonja paints. Phil Kessling wrote a fine article about their use years ago.

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