Acrylic Paint for Wood Crafts – The Best and Only Kind You Need!
Do you love wood crafts? Are you looking for the right kind of acrylic paint that will be easy to work with regarding all your wood craft projects?
Well I have good news as I’ve done both and I’ll be glad to show you what works best and make a lasting impression. If you want to use acrylics, you might be looking at the kind that’s more for professional work – but there is another kind I want to tell you about.
The beauty of wood is that it is kind of porous (will readily absorb moisture) and paint coverage can be like silk on glass. Unlike canvas, which is not as porous and you have to maneuver that paint good.
And acrylics are great because they mix readily with water so you can change colors easily, blend them, sponge them on, whatever you need to do for your wood crafts. OK, let’s get started now with my favs and why I love them!
Looking For the Best Acrylic Paint For Wood Crafts?
For years I have been a faithful user of all of the 2 oz multipurpose acrylic paints by Plaid. They have many names like DecoArt, Americana, Folk Art, etc., but what’s important isn’t their name – it is their versatility that makes them perfect for beginning or veteran wood crafters. Things like:
- Porosity, quick to grab the surface
- Quick drying between coats
- Water resistant when dry
- Permanent finish
- Many multitudes of colors
They have lower viscosity, allowing for good brush coverage, but also allows for fun, creative applications such as stenciling, sponging, etc.If you enjoy adding a lot of dimension to your wood crafts you will get a kick out of this.
Because they come in a fabulous assortment of colors; you’ll never have to spend a lot of time mixing shades. Just open them up and go to town! You can also choose from matte, satin (my favorite for a mid-range, not too shiny look) and gloss finishes. There are metallics, neons and pearlescent formulas as well for even more options. (I think there’s even a glitter style out now too)
They are non-toxic, so if you have kids who enjoy wood crafts get them involved too! Although permanent on the surface object , they do wash off easily from skin with soap and water. I’ve heard many reports that parents and teachers recommending these for students.
There is a flip top for easy dispensing into a palette if you use one, but you can always unscrew the cap and go to town. When the amount gets low, I tend to do that – it doesn’t squirt out as easily.
They’re dirt cheap-so take your pick and have fun! (Easy to see why I have acquired hundreds of these little 2 oz bottles over the years)
Getting the Most From Your Acrylic Wood Craft Paint
It’s easy to use, just shake, squirt and start painting! It is not necessary to look good but a little light sanding on your wood pieces can help the paint to bind better. You can apply as many coats as you need to to your wooden items to achieve the desired look.
I think I’ve used up to 3 layers at the most and I like that it does not bulge or look unsightly or weird when applied in layers over wood which is great.
Here’s something I’ve been working on lately – My sister -in-law gave me this wooden frame thinking I could find a good use for it. I’m giving it a nice coat of rose gold metallic sheen acrylic -I guess this is a picture frame? Or a TV tray – who knows? I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with it yet so I just painted the perimeter.
The paint mixture tends to “settle” or separate over time, so it’s a good idea to shake each bottle well before use. Also, it won’t squirt out as easily unless you shake it up to revive its consistency.
If these paints age too long, such as the case with getting stored away somewhere – they get a really funky odor to them. This has happened to me with half-empty bottles I must have forgotten about as you can see I’ve had tons of them over the years.
Something to consider if you’re the type who tends to stockpile art supplies. Now do realize I’m talking about 5 years or more when I said “age too long”.
I love these multipurpose acrylic paints; they are the best and most versatile type of acrylic paint for wood crafts. Highly recommend them. Like potato chips you won’t want to stop at just one when you see all the color and texture options.
Also you can get larger sizes than 2 oz if you have a little more surface area to cover – but they only come in more basic and neutral colors like black and brown.
The 8 oz size acrylic paints will cover more wood territory if you need it 🙂
HAVE FUN!! Get your wood craft painting on!!