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Old 07-31-2009, 04:35
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Question OT - painters / artists HELP! What kind of paint?

Totally off-topic, but I'm guessing someone here probably knows the answer.

I want to make some of these wooden door art pieces. They are wood that has been cut into a shape and then painted. Like these:

http://www.jdicksondesigns.com/WEBSI...20ART%206.html

My question is, what kind of paint should I use?
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:49
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Default Re: OT - painters / artists HELP! What kind of paint?

I would use acrylic paint. It is easy to blend and washes up with water. If it is going to be outside, Krylon makes some good clear coatings to help slow fading or damage from the elements. If it is going to be outside, I might see about sealing the wood somehow first to prevent rotting also. HTH

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Default Re: OT - painters / artists HELP! What kind of paint?

All the supplies you need such as sealer and paint you will find at michaels in the tole painting aisle.
Sealer I use decoart americana wood sealer this is not a must but is always better to use it since your painting surface will be much more smoth and nice.
Paints you can use decoart americana as well as plaid I use both since i am a maniac for paints.
When you finish paintinf your piece it is always better to use a spray varnish in order to maintain it over the years and giving it a nice subtle finish glow.
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Default Re: OT - painters / artists HELP! What kind of paint?

you can also use house paints... since HD now makes the little sample jars they are great for doing things like that... seal/prime the wood first
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Default Re: OT - painters / artists HELP! What kind of paint?

Thanks for all the help girls! I knew I could count on you! I'll post a pic of the finished product, I'm hoping it will turn out well.
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Default Re: OT - painters / artists HELP! What kind of paint?

DH and I make yard art and if it's a large area, we paint with exterior latex because it doesn't fade like acrylic can sometimes. (You can buy those little sample cans of a color for a couple bucks if you don't want to buy a quart or gallon.) But if I'm blending a color or personalizing a sign with a name, I go for acrylic....blends so much better and seems to be thicker. And if your doing some kinda of line, like what was on some of those signs, I use a paint pen. I don't have a really steady hand so that's easier for me than using a brush. Our yard art goes outside in the yard so we protect ours with a coat of water based polyurethan.(Can, not spray....it covers better) It looks kinda milky when you open it, but dries clear. It's MUCH better to me than oil based polyurethan because it washes off your hands much easter AND doesn't discolor light paint, like oil based does. (If you use oil based, your white can look yellow...ick!)
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