Krylon (at Walmart) makes a great matte, clear sealer that I use for painting figs. Works great. (and cheap).
Also, at either Walmart or Michael's, or other craft stores, you can often find acrylic craft paints in all colors of the rainbow, for about $2 each.
Sometimes even less during a sale. These work just fine.
If you haven't discovered these techniques yet, they will really help you.
1) Paint the fig all matte black first (usually with quality spray paint). I say quality because the cheap stuff is too clumpy. This will help
recesses, cracks, and other detail POP when you use the next technique.
2) Dry brushing. Get very little paint on your brush, then lightly go over the area. Any crevices, etc. will be black from the initial priming, and
the dry brush will only put paint where it needs to be and not seep in cracks, etc.
3) Shading. Have at least two to three different colors for anything you are painting. Medium color = main base coat of that area. Dark color = for
shaded areas of that area. Light color = for highlights, lighter areas (like elbows, knees, chins, noses, cheeks, etc.)
What do you mean by "fog" and "wet"?
Fog, means just spritz it Wet means full coverage, ensuring you get in all the cracks, etc.
Using cheap paint is fine, but when priming (whether black or gray or white...I prefer black unless something has really vivid colors), go with a more
expensive one, so it doesn't clump or drip. (or worse, be powdery).
edit on 2-6-2015 by Gazrok because: (no reason given)