I use Lifetone paints in my shop. I am looking for a company that sells a book with Lifetone paint schedules for fish. If not can the Polytranspars be cross referanced.
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He has them in his catalog. Good Luck! Jeff F.
You can get a color chart from most paint companies and then compare. After you have been doing this awhile, you can look at a picture and pretty much just grab the color you are looking for. I also recommend taking your colors and mixing and experimenting with them. Soon you will no longer be bound to charts and paint schedules as you will be able to paint by sight. For instance, you can learn to take a red, thin it down to a transparent consistency, and lightly spray over a green to tone the green down. Sienna sprayed over white makes for a nice flesh color, etc...
The more you experiment, the more you will learn what you are capable of. When I first started painting fish, I took fish skins, stapled them flat on a board, let them dry and then I started painting them. You can strip them and paint them over and over again. That way if you want to know what a violet color sprayed over a peral green does... well you can see for your self. This is just a few suggestions that helped me with my fihs painting. Hope this helps?
I'll give it a try ! THANKS !
Ron Reynolds realfish paint schedule book uses Lifetone and Polytranspar and you can get a cross reference from that.
Thanx! I realized that after I made my post. I recently purchased Ron Reynolds book and am impressed with the picures as well as the ideas it gives you towards a good presentation. A little expensive but money well spent for someone trying to figure different paint configurations. And it's in COLOR! Jeff F.
Where did you order this book from Rookie ?
I got my copy from the following. It's probably available from other suppliers to but I really don't know.
Jim Allred Taxidermy Supply
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Hide NAd Beak has one in their catalog, I had same problem untill I saw that. Since were here, can anyone give me advice on painting a reproduction. do I just paint as normal, or spray a base coat. Purchased a 17" Brook Trout to do for myself, before I start doing them for public.
He shows how to do a repro brook trout. In fact all the fish species in the book are repros.
I have done several skin mount brook trout and would think you want some scale detail even though the scales are very very small on a brook trout. I would get the book.
No way to really show you on here like you can get in color step by step in a book.