childofthefang: Hi there! I was wondering if there was a special kind of paint you used for your alters? I'm going to be making my own tokens and emblems and didn't know where to start.

I use Golden brand fluid acrylics. People use a lot of different brands but I like Golden because they have a high pigment load and are relatively inexpensive. They also bond very well to the card surface and flex no problem.

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Ya’ll have been sending me messages for some time now, haha. But, as you know, I was never sure about prices and types of alters. So now I’ve FINALLY put together a commission post I’m comfortable with.

Here’s how it works:

  • We discuss what you want done, we exchange emails
  • You pay half of the money upfront and send me your card
  • I do the alteration and send you a pic
  • You pay the other half and I send you your card

Prices include normal bubble mailer shipping back to you. If you want something more involved, you’ll have to pay the extra.

I will ship outside the US but I 100% refuse to be responsible for your country’s postal system. Yeah I’m lookin’ at you, Italy. If you do not purchase registered shipping you will have to send me an email stating that you don’t hold me responsible for lost mail. I will provide you with a scan of the postal receipt so you know it was sent, do not worry.

For extensions, texture, and small alters allow 1 week from when your card arrives for me to have it done. For full custom stuff, allow 2 weeks. I usually have a big queue of things to do, so I have to fit it into a spot in my schedule. Sometimes custom stuff can take a few painting sessions that’s why I advise the 2 week period.

Thank you for looking!
I hope to do work for you soon.

Hi! Sorry this took a while to reply to, but it was easier to do a quick tutorial. I’m not really good at explaining things, but I’ll try! Remember, this is how I personally do it. It may not be how everyone does it.

First, a quick note.

This is easiest to do with Japanese cards.
Mainly because of the bulkier line width in the characters.

Also any black card that also has a dark background makes this a breeze. There there is already black behind the characters so you aren’t fishing the text shadows out of your paint with the toothpick.

Down to business!

Okay, the process is pretty simple. It just takes time and patience. When you lay a layer of paint, do it right over the text, mana cost, and expansion symbol but make sure you can still at least see them.

Now, grab a wooden toothpick. Plastic ones don’t work as well, at least for me. Gently remove the paint with it. Don’t press too hard or you’ll indent the card surface. If you accidentally do this and then get paint on it again it will be much harder to remove with a toothpick because it wants to sink into the now textured surface.

Go ahead and do your next layer. Toothpick again.
Go ahead and do your next layer. Toothpick again.
Go ahead and do your next layer. Toothpick again.

Repeat until your card is finished. Yeah it is time-consuming, but the result is worth it. At the end it will look nice and clean because any colors you had will be dispersed nicely under your text.

It helps to know the fonts used on cards pretty well. Maybe take a pic before starting your alteration if you are unsure. That way you know what you are trying to clean off with your toothpick. Also, when you are doing light colors under the text make sure to leave the text shadow (the lower right of text is dark) so the letters are cleanly distinguishable.

The last pic is just showing that the toothpick is a tool you can also use when doing textures and such on cards.

I hope I helped!

Might as well up load the whole commission at once, right?
All this is Prossh EDH stuff. This deck looks too fun.

A bunch of small alters ($20-25 ea)
A gold leaf ($65)
And a surface alter ($40)

EDIT: Whoops prices were wrong, old prices. Changed to new.
Expect a commission post soon for real this time. I have so many asks. o_o