NaMoPaiMo (National Model Painting Month) is the brainchild of Jennifer Buxton and probably one of the best things in the model horse hobby. Today’s video talks about what it is, the rules, and how to join. The blog article below talks about choosing your model, some painting options based on skill, and how to get your model ready for February.
Choosing a Painting Goal & Selecting a Model Horse Based On Skill Level
NaMoPaiMo is not a contest. Instead, the goal is to come together and learn how to paint model horses. Think of the completion of your goal and your model as the prize.
Choosing a goal is one of the exciting parts of NaMoPaiMo, in which you get to dream big and see what you can accomplish. But it’s also really easy to set yourself up for “failure,” in that you don’t accomplish it to the level you had hoped or you can’t complete your model in time. So picking a goal carefully is crucial to making sure you don’t pull your hair out. DO pick a goal that challenges or encourages you to try something new. But try to avoid picking one that is too ambitious or challenging, as we only have one month to paint.
My method for picking a goal I’m more likely to complete is to pick one that is a step up from your last successful challenge. So if you learned to pastel last year, maybe your goal could be learning how to make the layers smoother, or trying the medium in a different color. If you resculpted a stablemate, try a scale up, like a Pebbles or Classic. Also, supplies should factor into the choice of your goal, based on their price, availability, your experience, and skill-level required.
Considering Your Painting Options & Supplies
Depending on your project goal, here are some painting tools and supplies to consider, based on skill-level. It’s not an exhaustive list, nor are the products listed under each skill level set in stone. If you've never worked in these media before, it's a guide to get you started.
Bear in mind that everyone’s skill-set or ability can vary, so while you might be a beginner, for example, you might have the ability to pick up some intermediate or even advanced products. You’ll have to be the judge of that yourself, but here at least, is a general guide:
Tools and Supplies | SUGGESTED FOR BEGINNER ARTISTS
What You Can Achieve:
Tools and Supplies | SUGGESTED FOR INTERMEDIATE ARTISTS
What You Can Achieve:
Tools and Supplies | SUGGESTED FOR ADVANCED ARTISTS
What You Can Achieve:
Supplies You'll Need for All Painting Methods
How to Get Your Model Ready
If you are using a pre-made model horse (like a Breyer, Peter Stone, Schleich or Collecta, for example) a lot of beginners will ask if they need to strip the paint. The short answer is, no! Most models just need some sanding and smoothing out their seems to get them smooth and help provide tooth for the primer (which in turn helps provide tooth for the paints, especially oil paint).
There are some exceptions, however, which I cover in this video:
And here are a couple videos that cover how to prep and prime both Breyers (the unicorn video) and artist resins. I will have another NaMoPaiMo video coming next month that talks about top tips for making prepping and priming easier, as well as how to do it in the winter. Stay tuned for that video!
For Those Considering Airbrush for the First Time
Why Is There a $2 Fee?
When you sign up for NaMoPaiMo, you’ll see there is an option to PayPal $2. This is totally voluntary, and even the amount is just a suggestion. So never fear, it’s not really a fee to participate.
But why $2?
Because of the random prizes. Jennifer randomly selects participates to “win” prizes as a way to recognize their growth, thank them for their contributions to the group, etc. The suggested donation helps cover a part of the postage fees of these prizes. While we are all enjoying creating our horses, there is a lot of expense that goes into NaMoPaiMo’s prizes. This is another reason why the focus of NaMoPaiMo is on creation and why it is not a contest. It’s just too financially expensive to give everyone prizes.
So while it is voluntary, consider donating, and if you can donate more, that goes a long way to continuing the prizes that are given out each year at NaMoPaiMo. Or, you could consider donating the prizes.
Check back on December 30th for the second installment of the NaMoPaiMo 2020 video/blog series
Credits and Resources
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS FOR CONTRIBUTING PHOTOS AND VIDEOS FOR MY NAMOPAIMO VIDEO SERIES:
- Jennifer Buxton, Braymere Custom Saddlery (and founder of NaMoPaiMo) https://braymere.blogspot.com/
- Cindy Evans-Yates of Knight's Tale Studio https://www.facebook.com/KnightsTaleStudio/
- Toni Rakestraw
- Summer Riley-Simpson
OFFICIAL INFO ABOUT NAMOPAIMO:
OFFICIAL NAMOPAIMO SIGNUP:
JOIN THE NAMOPAIMO FACEBOOK GROUP!
- Join here https://www.facebook.com/groups/234123470349077/
OTHER NAMOPAIMO 2020 VIDEOS:
- My NaMoPaiMo Horses and How I Made Them Click Here to Watch
- 7 Easy and Fun NaMoPaiMo Prepping Tips Click Here to Watch
- 6 NaMoPaiMo Survival Tips Click Here to Watch
- NaMoPaiMo 2020 Video Playlist Click Here to Play the Video List
Part of the customizing with Blue Mountain Stable and Kristen Taylor series; short and easy guides to all things model horses and model horse customizing. Subscribe for more tutorials and follow my social media (links below) for regular tips and behind-the-scenes looks. And if you have an idea for an upcoming video, feel free to drop a comment in any of my videos. Happy customizing!
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- The Ultimate Guide On How To Paint Model Horse White Markings Click Here to Watch
- How to Stay Safe Customizing Model Horses | Ultimate Safety Guide Click Here to Watch
- Making Breyer Stablemate Unicorns Into Horses Click Here to Watch
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- How to Paint a Bay - Model Horse Customizing Tutorial Click Here to Watch
- Prepping and Priming Artist Resin Model Horses Click Here to Watch
- Sculpting Stablemate Ears Part 1 Click Here to Watch
- Sculpting Stablemate Ears Part 2 Click Here to Watch
- How I Made My Drastic CM Breyer Lady Phase Into a Criollo - VIDEO TOUR Click Here to Watch
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