I often get asked if I can show how I would create a painting using less expensive craft paints.  Last week I did a demonstration using Anita’s All Purpose Acrylic Paints.  These were inexpensive and easy to use.  I had some beautiful results, and after finishing the piece off with epoxy resin, it was spot on.  This week I am trying out Folk Art Paints by PLAID.

PLAID makes a lot of excellent craft products from Mod Podge to glues to different craft paints like the Folk Art and Apple Barrel.  According to their website, the Apple Barrel and Folk Art paints are UV stable and stay true indoors and outdoors.  I sent a request for more information regarding how light fast the paint is and below is what they responded to me with:

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Thank you for your inquiry. FolkArt Acrylic Colors and FolkArt Outdoor Paint
Pigments have been rated highly resistant to fading.

Paints are rated on a light-fastness scale that runs from 1 to 5.

1=Excellent
2=Very good
3=Good
4=Fair
5=Poor

All of the FolkArt Acrylic Colors and FolkArt Outdoor Paints are rated Excellent or
Very Good (1 or 2). These paints are made from some of the purest pigment available,
which results in its superior quality.
Unfortunately, FolkArt Paints do not contain any U/V inhibitors.
Thank you for contacting Plaid,

EP

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In addition to the paints I am often asked if torching a paint is really necessary.  Well, I am in no place to decide what an artist does to create their work so I can’t really say what is necessary.  The two pours done in the video are both excluding a torch.  There are times when I will try it but in most cases I don’t torch simply because I don’t want to torch.

For the video attached, I did two different pours.  The first pour was a request to use one of my recipes using Floetrol, paint, alcohol, and silicone.  I did this painting with no intention of torching the paint as I wanted to show how you can get an overload of cells without adding heat to the paint.  The second pour is using one of my recipes that I use a lot.  The recipe used was simply Floetrol, Paint, and alcohol.  Both give unique results, and it is really up to the artist to decide what they like.   Below I have a list of the products I used as well as the recipes I used to create them.  Both of these pieces are available on my Etsy page which supports the YouTube channel.

Recipe 1 – 6X6 Square Panel (These panels I create myself)

  • 25ml Floetrol
  • 15ml  paint
  • 5ml 91% alcohol
  • A spray of silicone in each color then stirred.

For this recipe, I used these measurements for each color.  The total amount of fluid was roughly 200ml or almost 1 cup of paint.  Additionally, I added one last spray of silicone to the top of the dirty cup before flipping it over. I wanted this painting to have a TON of cells.

Recipe 2 – 10 inch circular panel. (These panels I also create and are available on my etsy page)

  • 25ml Floetrol
  • 15ml  paint
  • 5ml 91% alcohol

This recipe is fairly straight forward.  One tip is to add your alcohol last as it will evaporate quickly. It also seems to work a little better if the paint is poured out rather than flipped.  I like the look of ribbons and smaller cells.  They tend to give more of a planetary look than a organism look.

Materials Used:

These two pieces are available to purchase on my Etsy page – https://www.etsy.com/shop/DannyClarkArt