I will give no criticism, because I hate to paint, and I'm just not good at it. Blending with an airbrush is something I've yet to conquer. I typically blend my paints in a small vial, and then paint in layers, masking if I need to. I painted a ring-necked bill yesterday, and I must admit it had hard lines from masking off the colors. I then painted it with water based satin clear coat today, and I think it turned out real nice. I was given this hint from a friend, and he said if you paint multiple layers of the (water based) (Hydro-mist) satin clear coat over the lacquer paints, it gives it a very fleshy look. I only painted one coat myself, and it looked better than just the lacquers alone. I honestly think I may make the switch to water based paints entirely?