"love your mistakes, and the adventures that follow"
- Kim Mackay
Type of Paint
- The best paint to use is craft acrylic paint or fluid acrylic paint
- Acrylic paint is permanent when it drys, so it is great for stones. (Make sure you wipe up spills off clothes etc immediately, before it drys - wet paper napkin is the best)
- Multi-purpose acrylic paint is great for glasses, flower pots, metal etc
- Satin vs Matte - Satin has more shine to it, but be careful, as it can sometimes be a bit thicker than the matte
- Fluid acrylic paint is higher quality due to the higher pigment on it (more colour depth).
- Both fluid and craft acrylic paints work for stones, but fluid paint is better for white canvases
- Best brands of paint, suitable for dotting
- Craft acrylic paint
- Deco art - available at the dollarstore, Michaels, and other craft, art supply places
- Craft Smart - available at Michaels
- There are also other brands of craft acrylic paint available at the dollarstore and Michaels
- Fluid Acrylic Paint - High quality
- Golden fluid acrylic paint - available at art supply stores and Michaels
- Opus Fluid arcylic paint - available at Opus stores
- Craft acrylic paint
- Paint consistency
- How to test the paint consistency? Tip the paint container, if it easily pours out within 1 second, then it is thin enough.
- If it comes in a tube, then it is too thick
- If your paint is too thick, just add a couple drops of water or medium to thin it out
- If the paint is too thick then the paint will not be applied evenly. It also will have a 'peak' on it.
- Other types of paint
- Please avoid alcohol based paint, as it will break down the plastic tips over time
- Chalk based paints are usable, as most of them are fluid enough (some are maybe a little too fluid!)
- House paints. You can often get sample pots that you can use the tools with
- Fabric Paints - You may need to thin it out with a fabric medium (or use acrylic paint with a fabric medium)
- Tempera paint - great for card, but it is not permanent and will wash off stones
Type of stones & surfaces
- Surface - (ie stone, canvas etc)
- Try and pick a stone that does not have holes or a rough surface.
- There is no need to seal the stone or prep the stone before using (when using acrylic paint).
- Gentle polished stones provide a better surface than a raw stone, but avoid highly polished stones, as paint can chip off easily.
- Be warned that highly polished stones make the dots look great, but are prone to the paint (and sometimes) the sealant chipping and breaking.
- If you are using canvas make sure you gesso it before painting or buy it pre-prepared or paint the background to ensure the paint doesn't bleed or spread.
- Certain paper will have the same effect. (ie Watercolour paper)
Cleaning the tool
- Clean the tool immediately to ensure old paint on the tool does not change the circular shape. See how to clean the tools.
Dots on dots
- If adding another dot on top of the first layer, make sure you wait for the paint to dry completely, before applying a top layer.
- If you lift the dotting tool off the surface too quickly, paint can splash out of the circle. Just slow down your application speed.
- Seal the stones, when dry, with Mod Podge or a spray sealant.
- Mod Podge - To apply, simply brush on. One or two layers are enough. It dries fast and has no smell. Available at a craft shop
- Spray Sealant - Make sure you buy the 'non-yellowing' outside brand. Apply outside. Spray lightly and at a distance of about 20cm. Two layers are better
Tips for mistakes - small
Tips for mistakes - large
- Dot is too small?
- Just add a larger dotting tool size over the top.
- The dots are not in an even pattern
- see Step by Step Instructions for tips.
- Ensure you start from the middle and work your way out.
- Often our mistakes are very obvious to us, and not to others. If you continue with this pattern, you will not notice one little mistake in the beautiful design.
- Use a pencil outline (protractor, dinner plate, pot) if you have a large canvas.
- The dots are not a perfect circle
- See above tips to make a perfect circle
- See How to Dot for the correct application.
- I made a mistake when following a pattern
- The best creativity happens when you veer off the pattern. Just embrace the mistake and make the pattern your own.
- I slipped and now one dot is odd shaped
- You do not need to make the design entirely of perfect circles, maybe use oblong shapes, lines, cone shaped, etc to hide it.
Tips for mistakes - large
- Wipe the area with water before it dries and hardens. If you have a polished stone, then this will be easy.
- Made a huge major mistake? Then just cover to whole area/stone with black and start again!
"Life isn't perfect and neither should your art be."