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15-11-2008, 11:15 PM
Not sure if this is the right section - sorry if it's not. My children made loads of air dry clay figures and Christmas tree decorations during half-term.
We threw the clay packaging away and now I'm not sure of the best paint to use to paint them. I thought maybe acrylic or tempura(?!) but would welcome any advice.

16-11-2008, 07:50 PM
Hello stallfinder

I would agree and say acrylics is your best bet. They dry quickly and you get a great range of colours. I use acrylics in my videos that have a varnish actually inside the paint - save having to spend extra. If you fancy a peek, go to my website artistsresource.co.uk and cick on the left hand side link 'Acrylic Painting'. Hope there is some useful stuff there for you.

All the best

Leona x


Had a look at your website BTW - very useful, i have bookmarked it.

18-11-2008, 06:10 PM
Thanks very much Brian and Leona - we'll give it a go! Some of them are a bit delicate so I'm a bit worried they'll fall apart - my 8 year old gets a bit devastated if anything she makes isn't perfect so fingers crossed!
Thanks for your help,
P.S. Leona - glad you liked my site and thanks for bookmarking it. I'll take a look at yours.

18-11-2008, 06:30 PM
If it were me I'd use acrylics. Don't go OTT with expensive ones though, go for the student grade ones (much cheaper) like Winsor & Newton Galeria. They are quite soft too so won't need to be diluted much if at all. Don't make my mistake of using Reeves acrylics (although quite good imo) as they take longer to dry and are a bit sticky. I made the mistake of not leaving them for 24hrs to harden off on my fimo pendants and the varnish wouldn't (still hasn't) set! I knew this would happen but I couldn't wait as usual. :)