8 Steps to Painting Purple You Should Know!



Welcome back hobby maniacs, Kenny Boucher here from the Hollywood Hills with a painting tutorial brought to you by my supporters.

Today, we’re doing purple. It’s a big part of the commission I’ve been working on so this gives me the opportunity to bring you these ancient purple techniques.



I also want to thank everyone for sticking with us through these Infinity models, I know we’re a 40k centric community sometimes, so I appreciate everyone sticking with me. Don’t forget to hit me up on Twitch.

1. Vallejo Purple

2. Vallejo Prussian Blue

3. Game Color Squid Pink

4. Game Color white

5. Game Color Prussian Blue

6. Vallejo Gloss Varnish

Also, The Iwata Eclipse Airbrush and the Vallejo Airbrush flow improver are both clutch pieces to have in your hobby arsenal.



Step 1. The Model Vallejo Purple, just hit it up, this gives you an amazing base with just a single coat really.



Step 2. We’re going to mix the quid pink and the purple. Now we’re going to use this mix to highlight the pedals.



Pro-Tip: Regardless of the color you’re going to highlight with, always mix it with the base color and hit the model with it. That’s what gives us amazing transitions. This technique also helps you eliminate the speckling and rough transitions which can happen with air brushing.

Step 3: add some white. Don’t over think it, don’t worry about getting the pot super clean. Just add it in and spray. Then just hit the ends of these petals.



Step 4: Then we do the airbrush thinner and the Vallejo gloss acrylic varnish. Gloss it on. Let it dry. Done.

Note: The Gloss not only helps prevent chipping on the pewter models but also helps the wash flow better into the crevices and away from our flat area’s where we want out base colors to pop.

Step 5: Then we’re using Citadel Shade, Carroburg Crimson. Note, I may have mixed in a bit of purple wash into this, so your results may vary a bit.




Step 6: Back to the original mix, Purple and Pink. Time use more water and more flow improver than you did before. We’re going on thin, super thin so we can MAINTAIN those wash transitions



Step 7: Hit it with the purple, SUPER thin. Sometimes, I’ll go back over with the darker color once we have the lighter color on to build back the purple.



Pro-Tip: The purple will interact differently with the lighter base than it did with the darker base we had at first. This is what helps create amazing transitions.

Step 8: One of the most ancient of techniques, we’re going to bring in a different color now, Prussian Blue, which we’re going to mix in with the Purple and drop off a bit into the deepest points of the transitions.



You can see here the finished product. It’s got some life and some pop to it because we used half a dozen colors on it and even made a few of our own.



To see the this backpack come to life check out the video.

The 8 Steps to Painting Purple You Should Know!

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  • Divergent_Reality

    That is a misleading title. Eight steps to painting purple, first get your airbrush…

    • Articles titles like this make me wonder why I visit the site as often as I do.

      • benn grimm

        Comments like this make me wonder the same thing.

    • benn grimm

      Tbf he does pretty much always do articles featuring airbrush work. And he is pretty good at it. At least it isn’t just a video.

    • Dain Q. Gore

      I can see that, but I altogether disregarded the accursed tool and read the recipe/instructions through my own brush-minded filter, which is a selective processing very often the case with many tutorials really… it does become a matter of taking what you like and dismissing what you don’t. A unique take on painting purple for me, as I often work from dark to light with it.

      • OldHat

        Airbrushes are amazing tools. There is zero reason to dismiss it at all as “accursed”. I can paint fine without it, but if I had to choose between 15min to get some nice transitions or 3 hours… easy choice.

        • Dain Q. Gore

          I was going for a tad bit of sarcasm, and apparently failed here. My greater point was intended to highlight how tutorials are completely dismissed when someone ideologically disagrees with any step in the process. Oh well! I will edit it with quotes for clarity.

          • OldHat

            You are just TOO good at sarcasm. 😀

    • OldHat

      By now, if you see “Kenny Boucher” and you should simply know its an airbrush tutorial. Plus, its 2016 man, get an airbrush. A cheap knockoff HP-CS dubbed the “Neo for Iwata” is available at Hobby Lobby for practically nothing. If you have more than 10 dudes to paint, it is worth it, especially for all the amazing options it gives.

  • Isaac Gutierrez

    I consider painting with air brush to obtain this shading effects as cheating… IMHO. There are great painters that use air brush in a great way, but something that looks like this piece… it does´t look real, or even cool, and I wished less people used air brushes like this.

    • LunaWolf

      Agreed. Airbrushes are wonderfully useful tools. I can’t believe I ever trying to basecoat large vehicles with a brush.

      That said, airbrush from start to finish on a small model just…doesn’t ever turn out looking “right” IMHO.

      • Zack Seiders

        Air brush is better of with larger models that have flat edges “rhinos, preadators, land raiders and nearly every imperial knight”

      • Jonathan B.

        As can be seen in this tutorial. The end product looks… wrong.

    • manouel35

      pfffff stop whining because you don’t know how to use an airbrush … or because it’s expensive
      An air is very useful tool and the models are far far away more realistic with your little brushes…

    • CMAngelos

      There’s no such thing as “cheating” when it comes to painting. Sure this may be the easy way out, but cheating is the wrong word for it.

      • Dain Q. Gore

        Indeed, I have had this endless discussion teaching art. What it comes down to is that art is not exactly a teachable thing, only the use of art tools and techniques, and that not everything is art, but everything can be art materials.

    • I wouldn’t call it cheating. That said, I’m not a fan of the airbrushed look. To each his own, of course, but it’s not my thing.

    • OldHat

      There is no such thing as cheating at painting. It takes as much time and effort to learn solid airbrushing work as it does a lot of brush work. Don’t hate just because a competent painter can make it look easy. 😛 Not that I am saying Kenny’s style (or many other studios, for that matter) looks right, but with some self-control, airbrushing can really set a piece apart.

  • Moik
  • BonesoftheDesert

    Anyone who thinks Airbrushing is cheating doesn’t get it. Switch off your flamers, I’m absolutely content spending 45 minutes carefully painting and detailing a miniature/vehicle/etc with a brush.

    That said, I’ve been to a special ‘university’ at a local Con where real pros spent half a day tutoring us on techniques (and let us actively perform the techniques with an airbrush).

    I’m not defending the author, but anyone who calls this cheating doesn’t get it or is too d*** stupid to learn how to use an airbrush.

    One last bit…take a 3 rhinos, fully assembled. Use a spray can on one, brush on the second one and airbrush on the third.

    If you can’t tell the difference, get an eye exam.

    • Well, about those 3 rhinos, the brush one woulld always look worse than the two others. Pretty sure.

  • ChubToad

    I know that someday I’ll get as good as he is, but until then I’ll still be ruining my models practicing…

  • lantern G

    i appreciate they are useful but airbrushing just ain’t as satisfying an outcome when blending. Wet pallets are so much fun.