You're So Crafty News http://www.youresocrafty.com Mon, 22 Apr 2024 09:34:57 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Questions about our Mont Marte Acrylic Paints? http://www.youresocrafty.com <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">Let&rsquo;s dive into the basics of acrylic painting by answering some commonly asked questions. From the consistency of our different paints to what makes each white shade unique, we&rsquo;ve got stacks of useful info to help you create with confidence. Read on to learn more!</span></p> <h2 data-mce-fragment="1"><a name="_Toc150431095" data-mce-fragment="1"></a>1. Can you use acrylic paint on fabric?</h2> <div id="shopify-section-template--16082834522251__main" class="shopify-section"> <div class="article"> <div class="article__wrapper"> <div class="container container--s-max"> <div class="article__inner"> <div class="article__group-content"> <div class="article__content"> <div class="article__description wysiwyg--article"> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><img src="" alt="1. Mont Marte Fabric Paint being used on a tote bag to paint a flower" data-mce-fragment="1" /></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">Our regular<span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</span><span data-mce-fragment="1"><a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Acrylic Paints</a></span><span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</span>can be used on most types of fabric, but they&rsquo;re not machine washable. If you want a machine washable paint, we&rsquo;d recommend giving our<span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</span><span data-mce-fragment="1"><a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Fabric Paint Set</a></span><span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</span>a go which is specifically designed for use on textiles.</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;You can also make our acrylic paints ready for use on fabric by mixing them with<span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</span><span data-mce-fragment="1"><a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Fabric Medium</a></span>. This medium makes the paint dry more flexible, so it moves with the fabric and prevents flaking. Just use a 1:1 mixing ratio and you&rsquo;re ready to upcycle your textiles!</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;Whether you&rsquo;re using fabric paints or our Fabric Paint Medium, place a cloth over your designs once they&rsquo;re dry and iron for 3-5 minutes at 100&deg;C to fix. When washing, turn your garment inside out and use a gentle, cold cycle setting. This will keep the paint vibrant for longer.</p> <h2 data-mce-fragment="1"><a name="_Toc150431096" data-mce-fragment="1"></a>2. Are acrylic paints toxic?</h2> <p data-mce-fragment="1">Our acrylic paints are not considered to be toxic. They have undergone a risk assessment and were labelled non toxic under conditions of normal use.</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><br data-mce-fragment="1" />You can find SDS information for relevant supplies on our website product pages, or on request by getting in touch with our customer service team.&nbsp;</p> <h2 data-mce-fragment="1"><a name="_Toc150431097" data-mce-fragment="1"></a>3. What do acrylic mediums do?</h2> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><img src="" alt="2. Sand texture medium on a palette knife with an easel and a palette in he background" data-mce-fragment="1" /></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">Art mediums<span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;can be mixed with acrylic paints to change their consistency, finish, and drying time. Mixing acrylic paint with medium increases creative freedom as you can achieve loads of different effects with one base product.</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1"><a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Impasto</a>&nbsp;can be used to thicken your paints for defined brushstrokes and texture. It doesn&rsquo;t change the hue of your paints, so the colours stay vibrant for bold impasto effects. We also have&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Dimension Acrylic</a>&nbsp;paints that are made with an ultra-thick formula for textured results.</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">Try mixing&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Modelling Paste</a>&nbsp;with your paints to create thick, pastel paints. The paste has an opaque white finish, so it transforms your paints into softer, pastel tones as they&rsquo;re mixed.</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">For more unique effects, why not try out&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Sand Texture Medium</a>? This can be mixed with your paints without changing their colour to add a coarse, grainy texture that&rsquo;s perfect for creating stone-line dimension. It&rsquo;s a great medium for landscape, abstract, and texture-filled artworks.</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">If you need to thin paint, you can try mixing acrylic paint and water or using a&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">medium</a>. Our Acrylic Flow Medium increases the translucency and flow of acrylic paints without losing their colour intensity. We also have&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Gloss</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Matte Acrylic Mediums</a>&nbsp;that increase paint flow for glaze washes and watercolour effects.</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">Acrylic paint is fast drying, but you can increase the drying time by using an Acrylic Retarder. This helps keep your paint wet for longer for smooth blending effects on the canvas.</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">Finally, you can mix acrylic paint with&nbsp;<a href=";variant=41153548288052" data-mce-fragment="1">Pouring Medium</a>&nbsp;so it&rsquo;s ready to use for fluid art. This will increase paint flow and transparency, drying transparent so your colours stay bright. For best results, mix your acrylic paints and the medium until they reach the consistency of pouring cream. &nbsp;</span></p> <h2 data-mce-fragment="1"><a name="_Toc150431098" data-mce-fragment="1"></a>4. How to change matte paint to gloss?</h2> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><img src="" alt="3. Acrylic Medium Matte being poured into a small plastic cup" data-mce-fragment="1" /></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">Our acrylic paints generally dry to a semi-matte finish. If you want them to dry glossy, try mixing them with a gloss medium, such as our&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Gel Medium Gloss</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Acrylic Medium Gloss</a>. The Gel Medium Gloss has minimal effect on your paint viscosity, improving flow and shine without thinning the paint. The Acrylic Medium Gloss thins the paints for watercolour and glaze effects, drying to a gloss finish.&nbsp;</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">You can also use our&nbsp;<a href="">Gloss Acrylic Varnish</a>&nbsp;to change the finish of your paints once they&rsquo;re dry. Simply apply it with a soft taklon brush to protect, seal, and add a glossy coat to your finished artwork.</span></p> <h2 data-mce-fragment="1"><a name="_Toc150431099" data-mce-fragment="1"></a>5. Can you use acrylic paint with an airbrush?</h2> <p data-mce-fragment="1">Our acrylic paints can be thinned for airbrushing; however, the opacity of the colours may be compromised. Our<span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</span><span data-mce-fragment="1"><a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Satin Acrylics</a></span><span data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</span>have the highest pigment saturation, making them the best fit for airbrushing as they will dilute the least. We recommend using acrylic paint thinner, also called acrylic airbrush paint reducer until the mixture flows like milk.&nbsp;</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">The coat from an airbrush is thin compared to paint brush strokes. To increase opacity and make your colours stronger, apply multiple coats, allowing the previous layer to dry before the next coat is applied. Continue this process until the desired opacity has been reached.</p> <h2 data-mce-fragment="1"><a name="_Toc150431100" data-mce-fragment="1"></a>6. Can you use acrylic paint on clay?</h2> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><img src="" alt="4. Blue acrylic paint mixed into white air hardening clay" data-mce-fragment="1" /></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">Acrylic paints can be used on cured&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Polymer</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Air Hardening</a>&nbsp;clays. Once the clay is completely dry and hard, simply brush your paint on to add colours!</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">You can also mix acrylic paint into your Air Hardening clay while wet to change the colour of the clay itself. We&rsquo;ve got a&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">video</a>&nbsp;you can check out to learn more about it!</span></p> <h2 data-mce-fragment="1"><a name="_Toc150431101" data-mce-fragment="1"></a>7. Best surface to paint acrylic on?</h2> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">For permanent acrylic paint results, it&rsquo;s best to use porous surfaces such as canvas, wood, air-dried clay, plaster, cardboard, and paper. Porous surfaces help the paint pigment bind more strongly, so the colours stay for longer.</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">For more temporary options, try non-porous surfaces such as glass, some plastics, and metal. These smooth surfaces make it easier to clean the paint off, but we recommend test patching first to make sure the paint comes away easily.</span></p> <h2 data-mce-fragment="1"><a name="_Toc150431102" data-mce-fragment="1"></a>8. What makes the best cells in acrylic pouring?</h2> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><img src="" alt="5. Black SuperCell paint swiped over Night Sky set colours, creating cells" data-mce-fragment="1" /></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">Our&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">SuperCell Pouring Paints</a>&nbsp;are premixed so creating amazing cells is made easy. They have a unique formula that forms cells when colours are layered and overlap, for unique and striking results.</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">If you want to mix your own pouring paints,&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Silicone Oil</a>&nbsp;is the key to making cells. Mix a maximum or 2-3 teaspoons into 200mL of pouring paint for the best results.</span></p> <h2 data-mce-fragment="1"><a name="_Toc150431103" data-mce-fragment="1"></a>9. Is acrylic paint water-resistant?</h2> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">Our acrylic paint is water-resistant once dry. It&rsquo;s a good idea to paint a minimum of three coats, drying between each layer, if keeping the artwork outdoors. Varnishing also adds extra protection for paint exposed to water.</span></p> <h2 data-mce-fragment="1"><a name="_Toc150431104" data-mce-fragment="1"></a>10. Can you use acrylic paint on ceramic?</h2> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><img src="" alt="6. Using black ceramic paint to create a cow print coaster design" data-mce-fragment="1" /></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">As ceramic surfaces are generally smooth, regular acrylic paints may struggle to bind strongly and stay fast. You can use them, but it&rsquo;s best to be careful with the ceramic after painting to protect the paint. Make sure you clean the ceramic before painting with isopropyl alcohol or methylated spirits, so the paints key better.</span></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><span data-mce-fragment="1">We also have a range of&nbsp;<a href="" data-mce-fragment="1">Ceramic Paints</a>&nbsp;that are ideal for longer-lasting results. Once you apply your designs, simply bake the ceramic for 30 minutes at 140</span>&deg;<span data-mce-fragment="1">C to fix the paint. Avoid washing for 24 hours and only wash gently by hand after that.</span></p> <h2 data-mce-fragment="1"><a name="_Toc150431105" data-mce-fragment="1"></a>11. Difference between Titanium White and Chinese White?</h2> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><img src="" alt="7. Titanium White wet and dry paint swatch with opacity and lightfast guide" data-mce-fragment="1" /></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">We actually have three kinds of white in our arsenal for precise colour mixing options. Chinese White is a neutral white (not too warm and not too cool), with a slight pale green hue to it. It&rsquo;s used to create pastel tones and increase opacity within a colour. It&rsquo;s less opaque than Titanium White, but more opaque than Zinc White.</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">Titanium White is the purest white and is typically used for areas where you want extreme highlights. Generally, it&rsquo;s not used for mixing because the colours will come out a little too vivid to look natural or realistic. It&rsquo;s the most opaque white we offer.<br data-mce-fragment="1" /><br data-mce-fragment="1" />Zinc White is slightly translucent and warmer than Titanium White. This makes it good for mixing as colours come out looking more natural for realistic pieces.</p> <h2 data-mce-fragment="1"><a name="_Toc150431106" data-mce-fragment="1"></a><span data-mce-fragment="1">12. How to tell the paint opacity?</span></h2> <p data-mce-fragment="1">We have an opacity and lightfastness guide on our acrylic paint packaging. The moon ratings refer to the opacity. A white (empty) moon is transparent or translucent, a half-moon is semi-opaque, and a full moon is opaque.</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">Our star rating shows how lightfast the paint is, meaning how resistant it is to fading when exposed to sunlight. See our guide below:</p> <p data-mce-fragment="1"><img src="" alt="Opacity and Light Fastness Guide" data-mce-fragment="1" /></p> <p data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> <div class="article__related"> <div class="carousel-native carousel-native--blog-related " data-module="carousel-native"> <div class="container container--blog-related"> <div class="carousel-native__wrapper"> <div class="carousel-native__slide"> <div class="carousel-swiper carousel-swiper--button-right carousel-swiper--blog-carousel carousel-swiper--blog-related" data-options="{ &quot;slidesPerView&quot;: &quot;auto&quot;, &quot;spaceBetween&quot;: 24, &quot;pagination&quot;: { &quot;el&quot;: &quot;.swiper-pagination&quot;, &quot;clickable&quot;: true }, &quot;navigationOutside&quot;: true, &quot;breakpoints&quot;: { &quot;1280&quot;: { &quot;spaceBetween&quot;: 0, &quot;navigation&quot;: false, &quot;direction&quot;: &quot;vertical&quot; } } }"> <div class="swiper -main swiper-initialized swiper-vertical swiper-pointer-events swiper-backface-hidden"> <div class="swiper-wrapper"> <div class="card card--blog-carousel card--blog-related swiper-slide"> <div class="card__inner"> <div class="card__content"> <div class="card__content-inner"></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p data-mce-fragment="1">&nbsp;</p> Therapeutic benefits of pottery painting http://www.youresocrafty.com <div>The Therapeutic Benefits of PYOP</div> <div>The process of painting pottery can be a relaxing and stress-relieving activity. From start to finish, paint-your-own-pottery provides a creative outlet that is low-stakes and endlessly fun. Begin by picking out</div> <div>a piece, perhaps something you&rsquo;ve been needing to buy for your home anyway, or something that just speaks to you. Choose your favorite colors, sketch out a design, and begin!</div> <div></div> <div>One great aspect of PYOP is that nearly every mistake can be undone. If you sketch something out that doesn&rsquo;t look right, no need to fear! Simply smudge the graphite and begin again. It will all burn off</div> <div>in the kiln, so the pencil lines are only to guide you. Pro tip: don&rsquo;t use the eraser, as it will make the pottery resistant to glaze. If you make a mistake painting, glazes are water soluble and can be touched up</div> <div>with a wet Q-tip or sponge. 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Whether learning basic techniques or making specific items, this medium is a joy to learn.</div> <div></div> <div>Glass fusing requires beginning on a flat glass base. From there, you build up in layers, using smaller pieces of glass to make designs and patterns. The glass is run through the kiln once to fuse and can run again to add attachments or change the shape. &ldquo;Draping&rdquo; means placing the glass over a tall, thin metal post. This metal can withstand the kiln&rsquo;s heat, and the glass drapes around it while it melts. Once the glass is removed from the post, it has dramatic folds that make dramatic sides of a bowl. (Think bowl as in a ring dish, more so than for cereal). &ldquo;Slumping&rdquo; refers to shaping glass with a more shallow mold, similar to draping. Frequently, slumping is done on a curved mold to make a dish whose edges curve upwards. It can also be done to add textures to the glass or melt a bottle down to a flat dish.. Glass comes in many shapes, sizes, and varieties. Some common classes using this medium include sun catchers, pendants, and lanterns.</div> <div></div> <div>When taking a glass fusing class, there are many steps to learn and tools to get familiar with. Scrap glass, which will make the fun, colorful pieces you use to create designs, can be cut to the exact shape you want. Marbles can be added for rounded elements, and frit, which is a sand-like glass material, can be used for layering on colors in varying opacities.</div> <div></div> <div>If any of this interests you, check out You're So Crafty to see your options! You can take a class or just pop in and make glass art!! <br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a></div>