A How-to Primer on Paints

by Lori Fairbanks

1. Acrylic
This is a good paint for most scrapbooking applications. Here’s what you need to know:

* This paint can be used on porous and non-porous surfaces. It will dry on paper, transparencies, acrylic, metal and more.

* Acrylic paint is available in a wide range of colors. While a matte finish is standard, satin, glitter and other finishes are often available.

* Cost is low and the paint is easy to find at craft and hobby stores.

* Acrylic paints are water-soluble. You can apply them as-is for an opaque covering or mix them with water for a thinner, more translucent application.

Acrylic paints come in an exciting spectrum of colors, such as these “scrapbook colors” hues by Making Memories. Photo courtesy of Making Memories.
Acrylic paints come in an exciting spectrum of colors, such as these “scrapbook colors” hues by Making Memories. Photo courtesy of Making Memories.


 
Try this:

* Use a foam brush or a cotton swab to apply acrylic paint to the edges of your page and various elements. You can even apply it to the edges of your photos (but avoid applying to originals).

* Stamp with it. Apply the paint evenly on the stamp with a brush, then stamp on your page or card. Tip: Clean off your stamp before the paint dries!

* Use the paint to create a spot for your journaling on a transparency or an acrylic album page. Brush a light-colored paint on the desired area. Let it dry completely, then write directly on the dried paint.

2. Watercolor
Let your creativity shine with this fun paint. Here’s what you need to know:

* Watercolor paint works best on thicker paper like heavy cardstock or watercolor paper. The wet nature of watercolor paints may warp thinner papers.

* The paint is available in tubes, dry cakes and as watercolor pencils.

* Color intensity and drying time can vary based on the amount of water mixed with the paint.

* Use of a heat gun can speed drying time.

Try this:

* Tear the edges of a page or journaling block and apply the paint to the raw edge with a paintbrush.

* Paint your own background design using a piece of white watercolor paper or thick cardstock. Use a wide brush and apply a color wash. Vary the amount of paint and water you use to create a gradient look.

* Create a cool resist effect. Heat-emboss a stamped image with clear embossing powder, then paint over it. The embossed areas will “resist” the paint.

3. Specialty Paints
Paint comes in an amazing palette of types. For the best results, be sure to read manufacturer guidelines and gather specific information about each product. Here are a few of our favorites:

Fabric Paint
* Fabric paint comes in so many fabulous finishes! Look for puffy paint, glitter paints, pearlescent finishes and more.

* Use a heat gun on paints that require heat setting. Be careful not to overheat or burn the paint.

Enamel Paint
* Enamel paint adds a high-gloss finish and works great on non-porous surfaces. It comes in brush-on and aerosol formulas.
* Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and let the paint air dry. Do not use a heat gun with this type of paint.

Texture Paint
* Apply a texture paste before painting to create depth and add rich, textural appeal. Use tools like paint combs for even more fun effects.

* Create specialty finishes with textured spray paints that mimic stone, mirror, pearl, webbing and more.

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April 2009

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