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Craft Painting Basics

It's almost magical the way a colorful motif or fresh coat of paint can give new life to an accessory, furniture or even an entire room. Simple painting is one of the easiest ways for anyone to experience this magical transformation. Make something old new again, add personal touches, go wild with your favorite hue--imagine the possibilities, then paint them all!

Craft Painting 101

Plaid paints come in an awesome array of palettes--classic, trendy and traditional--and specialty formulas, too. Sometimes the desired effect will dictate the right paint formula--are you going for subtle or sizzling, traditional or today? Other times, special environments or surfaces may have specific requirements--will your project be cleaned in a dishwasher or is it something for outdoors? Plaid has just the right paint for all your colorful ideas!
Basic Supplies
Here's what you need to get started:
  • Project Surface
  • FolkArt or Apple Barrel Acrylic paints
  • Brush Basin or container for water
  • Flat Brush, Round Brush, Liner Brush (in assorted sizes to coordinate with design size)
  • Foam plate
  • Paper towel
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Gray graphite or transfer paper
  • Stylus
  • 1" Foam brush
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Waterbase varnish or clear acrylic spray
Tips & Tricks
  • Begin each project by properly preparing the surface. When preparing a wood surface, begin by basecoating the surface with FolkArt Acrylic paint using a 1" foam applicator. Allow to dry. When dry, you will notice the surface is rough because the moisture of the paint raised the nap of the wood. Following the wood grain, sand smooth using a fine grit sandpaper; wipe away saw dust using a moistened paper towel. Reapply base color and allow to dry before transferring design patterns.

  • When transferring a painting pattern onto a dark basecoat, use white transfer paper in place of gray graphite. You can also create your own pattern and transfer in one by flipping your tracing paper pattern over, pattern side down onto your work surface. Then, using a piece of white chalk, retrace the backside of the main pattern lines. Once again flip the tracing paper pattern right side up and shake excess chalk dust. Lay the tracing paper pattern chalk side down onto project surface and retrace pattern lines using a dead ball point pen or sharp pencil. Lift to remove.

  • Create perfect, same-sized polka dots, by using the handle end of a paint brush. Simply dip the brush handle into a puddle of fresh paint. Next, touch the project surface where a polka dot is desired. Lift the handle directly straight up, being careful not to push or drag the handle as you leave the project surface. To paint a row or pattern of same-sized polka dots, reload brush handle for every dot painted and always work with fresh squeezed paint.

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