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Posted on November 20, 2014 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie
For years I refused to use any paint on my polymer clay work. Like many other artists, I considered using paint “cheating.” I had come to the conclusion (wrongly I might add) that no real artist would ever use acrylic paints on polymer clay … I mean after all the reason polymer clay is colored (and can be mixed to make your own colors) is because you’d never have to use paint. Right? WRONG.
Here’s a list of just some of the few awesome polymer artists that use paints on their clay creations: Christi Friesen, Ginger Davis Allman, Doreen Kassel, Debbie Crothers, Miranda Farrand, Swirly Designs, Robots Are Awesome & hundreds (no, I’m not exaggerating) of others.
Yes, you can use acrylic & oil paints on polymer clay. But the question is: when, why, & how would you want to use it? Well the answer will vary to all kinds of clayers. Some clayers use it to add an antique effect to an item [get the free tutorial here], others use it to enhance a design by adding paint as a surface treatment, and yet others use paints to completely alter the entire look or the design.
I chose to show one of my newer dragons, Bari, as a prime of example of how paint can be used as an enhancement. You’ll see on the dragon at left that there are NO paint details. At this point, my Chinese jointed dragon (get the tutorial here) is clay only. Is he cute this way? You bet! But could I add something to him to enhance the look I already gave him? In this case I could do that very easily with acrylic paints.
[Click on the picture at left to see the details close up]
Share below: how do you use paints on polymer clay? What kind of paint do you use and how do you apply it?
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