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Q: What is the difference between FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint and FolkArt Acrylic paint?
FolkArt Acrylic paint is formulated as a premium, artist’s quality acrylic paint with superior hide and smooth, creamy consistency perfect for most art techniques such as brush stroke work, blending and highlighting, or stenciling. FolkArt Acrylic paint will dry to a durable matte sheen.
FolkArt Home Decor Chalk is formulated as high quality paint perfect for painting and distressing furniture and thrift store finds, as well as home Decor accessories. It is a heavily pigmented paint that does not require any project preparation such as priming, sanding or stripping. FolkArt Home Decor Chalk provides the DIY enthusiast an ultra matte chalky finish when dry which is easily sanded to distress using medium grit sandpaper. It will not “gum up” sandpaper making it easy to achieve a time-worn look.


I ordered a bunch of FolkArt paints to try on a recommendation from "The Art Sherpa" on YouTube. I thought these would be great paints my granddaughter & I could paint with together when she visits. I hadn't realized when I ordered them, nor until I painted my charts with them that these were matte paints. I am absolutely in love with these paints! The finish is a beautiful smooth matte finish, and even more fun is painting with matte, gloss, pearlescent & glitter finishes all in the same project for special effects! The colors of the FolkArt (Gold/copper top paints) are rich & vibrant, they mix well and the finish is stunning! I have painted with Ceramcoat paints on primarily sculpture for many years (since the Plaid company was a baby!) and have enjoyed these paints for many years! It is exciting to discover such a beautiful, smooth & even matte finish! I have a few questions about recommendations. Here we go!... Is the FolkArt Decor Chalk Paint heavier on pigment than FolkArt Acrylic paints? Are they both acrylic paints? If so, can they be mixed together to create different colors? Can you use the same mediums (Such as Flow Medium, etc.) with both paints? What type of varnishes are best with each paint & is it necessary to use a varnish when painting on a hard surface, like furniture? When using on material, do you need to use fabric or textile media? Can either or both of these paints be used with Enamel Mediums? I'm in love with the matte finish of the FolkArt paints & would love to keep the matte finish, yet be able to add a protective layer of varnish. Which varnish would you recommend? If I mix say the FolkArt matte & DecoArt Ceramcoat gloss &/or Pearlescent or glitter acrylic paints in the same artwork, which varnish would you recommend so that the matte keeps It's qualities, yet allows the reflectiveness of the gloss, or say a Pearlescent or glitter paint? Any particular varnish that allows glow in the dark paints to charge & stay lit as long as

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