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    Hi! I am a newbie at sculpting polymer clay..

    I was just wondering, why do we need different clay colors if we can paint it with acrylic clay?
    I am thinking of sculpting with gray clay and applying acrylic paint after baking.. is this a good idea or not? so i would not need any other clay color..



    Thanks for the inputs!

  • #2
    You don't need to paint polymer clay as you can buy it already coloured. Fimo for example.

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    • #3
      I find it easier to buy the colours, but it is probably cheaper to buy 1 colour and paint it.
      Charlie

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      • #4
        I paint mine for a lot of projects where I want more detail than I (personally) can achieve through sculpting - and, for similar reasons to yourself. I couldn't afford blocks in every colour I'd need to mix up what I want.

        It works fine, though obviously looks different to using clay colours, so it depends what look you're going for and what you're happy with. But it certainly works. I buy big blocks of white for most of my projects, paint after firing, and varnish.

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        • #5
          PS: for that matter you may save yourself the expense of pre-coloured Fimo, and try something like Super Sculpey instead. If you don't need it coloured, don't buy it I only use the white fimo because I have a lot of it kicking around. I plan to try Sculpey when I'm feeling a bit more spendy!

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          • #6
            Thanks for the inputs! You saved me a lot of thinking.
            I bought a silver/gray clay super sculpey and super sculpey firm and is planning to work on just this color then paint it! thanks guys! i thought i was planning it all wrong next stops, acrylic paints!

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            • #7
              I do both, depending on the effect I want. I tend to buy a larger block of translucent polymer clay, and then just a kids kit with mini blocks of loads of other colours. I like the less opaque effect this has, and I also like being able to marble the clay if that's the particular effect I'm after- eg. I made a ham joint recently for a particular project, and marbling the clay made the pink park of the ham look far more realistic one textured. I personally feel I get more detail using coloured clay than I ever could with paint and I find the process quicker- but it really depends what effect you're after. I only really paint little bits of extra detail on the already coloured clay. For painting the whole design- it's a good idea to sand lightly first to get a key, otherwise you might find the paint peels.
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              • #8
                I paint with acrylic paint, then varnish it to not skip the painting
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                • #9
                  thank you! ^

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                  • #10
                    you don't need lots of colours, you just need the basics black, white, red yellow and blue
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                    • #11
                      Hi

                      Yes that is what many people do Best Idea.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by doooodleman View Post
                        Hi! I am a newbie at sculpting polymer clay..

                        I was just wondering, why do we need different clay colors if we can paint it with acrylic clay?
                        I am thinking of sculpting with gray clay and applying acrylic paint after baking.. is this a good idea or not? so i would not need any other clay color..
                        Thanks for the inputs!
                        You don't HAVE to buy coloured clay, you can stick to painting one colour clay with acrylics, there are some things you can do with coloured clays that are not really possible with painted clay, and some effects you can get on one colour clay with paints that you can't get with coloured clay - or I can't anyway.
                        I got a lovely effect painting a miniature apple with acrylic paints, using a dry-ish brush you can get a nice blended effect of one colour over another, I have no idea how to do that with coloured clays.
                        You can get gorgeous blends with coloured clays and a pasta machine, hard to get with paints. You can make a large design in coloured clays and then reduce that down in size to get an image that is (for me) just impossible with painting. (making canes)

                        Here's the original snake and Forbidden Fruit Pendant: I'll show the coloured clay version when I've finished it:
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