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Painting Tips

Use colored chalk to softly shade dry acrylic paint projects.

Allow painted fabric to dry for 3 to 5 days before washing. Turn inside out before each wash.

Heat set your painted fabrics to keep them permanent and bright.

When mixing two colors of paint together always mix small amounts of the darker color to the lighter color until the desired color is achieved to avoid waste.

Mix one part paint to two parts water to create a color wash.

To create a water based glaze mix equal parts paint color and glazing medium. Add water until the mixture is the consistency of milk.

Dip the end of a paintbrush in paint to create dots. The larger the handle the larger the dots.

Squirt hand sanitizer on a paper towel to quickly clean up your work surface.

Painting Techniques

Use a hair dryer to quickly dry areas that need further painting.

To keep colors bright when painting on a dark background, trace the outline of the shape to be painted and undercoat the shape with white before painting the colors.

Gel Blending Medium can be used with acrylic paint to extend drying time for easier color blending.

If you do not have time to clean your paintbrush put the brush in a reclosable plastic bag, squeeze out the excess air, and seal the bag.

A turntable or lazy susan is good for rotating a painting project without actually touching the project.

Apply paint to the tops of your paint bottles to indicate the color inside.

Always sand wood projects with the grain and not against it.

Emery boards are great for sanding those hard to reach areas.

Use graphite-tracing carbon to trace patterns on to wood. Place the carbon right side down between the pattern and the wood and trace.

Use an art gum eraser or cotton swab dipped in odorless turpentine to remove pencil marks and pattern lines from your dried painted project.

For a comprehensive chart on which craft paint to use, click here.

 
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