For this dragon, I chose a bright red paint. Apply so that coverage is total, and allow to dry. Next, paint the scales on the dragon by diluting your base red with a pale yellow. Use a 1/4 inch "scruffy" brush and just dab on in the pattern shown. Practice a little, but the goal is to put just enough color on the dragon to simulate scales. Do not pat them on in a straight line, rather make semi-circular patterns to contour the areas you are working on.