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Q: How should I prepare my surfaces before painting with FolkArt Mixed Media Paints?
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Surface preparation depends on surface selection. Read on to see how to prepare some of the most popular mixed media art surfaces.
  • Wood: Basecoat surface and allow to dry. Sand smooth and reapply base color. Wood surfaces can also be stained or remain natural allowing the raw wood grain to show.
  • Canvas: Use gesso-primed canvases or apply gesso to unprimed canvases.
  • Galvanized Tin/Metal: Wash in warm soapy water to remove dirt and grease. Thoroughly dry; then wipe with white vinegar to remove remaining grease and/or soap residue and promote better paint adhesion.
  • Paper Mache: Wipe with moistened paper towel to remove dust.
  • Plaster: Basecoat surface if desired, and allow to dry.
  • Fabric: All fabrics should be prewashed to remove manufacturer's sizing. NOTE: Fabric items should be created for decorative purposes only.
  • Glass or Ceramics: Clean well with soap and warm water; dry well. Wipe surface with rubbing alcohol moistened paper towel to remove remaining soap film or grease. NOTE: Completed glass/ceramic mixed media projects are for decorative purposes only and are NOT dishwasher safe.

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