Using Acrylic Paint

Here at Crafting Mouse, we use acrylic paint in a lot of our crafting projects, so we thought it was important to share some insight on using acrylic paint.  This type of paint is often used in many projects for a variety of reasons, such as it is easy to use, easy to cleanup, and looks great on a variety of surfaces.

We often choose acrylic paint for our projects simply because it is easy to use and looks incredible.  The color is vivid and true, and it is non-toxic, a big plus with us!  Since it is a water-based paint, it is easy to clean up with soap and water and is less expensive than many of the oil-based paints.

When you purchase acrylic paint, it is important to pay close attention to the bottle.  There are so many varieties of paint, you want to make sure you have the right type of paint for your project.  If your project requires basic acrylic paint and you pick up satin acrylic paint, you might not get the results you were expecting – read the labels carefully!

There is also a large variation in colors to choose from.  Instead of relying on the label to choose your color, look at the bottom of the paint bottle.  This will give you a more accurate view of the true color.  Typically, the shade will be a little darker once you apply the paint, depending on the surface you apply to.

Storing your acrylic paint does not take any special tools or methods.  You can simply keep your paint in the container it came in.  If you use a palette to paint from, you may notice that the paint will dry out fairly quickly.  It is best to keep a container of water nearby.  Simply put your brush into the water and then run through your paint.  It will pick up its consistency again.  Use caution not to use too much water, or you will jeopardize the integrity of the paint and color.

Enjoy using your acrylic paint on your crafting projects!