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    Hi

    I want to use some balsa wood for use on my cards but would need to paint it, what paint should I use? Also would it need sanding lighty beforehand? I used balsa years ago but cant remember what I did with it.

    Thanks

    Hannah

  • #2
    I think a delicate sanding should do the trick then you could try acrylic paints as they wouldn't be absorbed quite as much as water based ones.

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    • #3
      i use acrylic paints on mine too, but i find that they do go a little dull looking so i always varnish over the top afterwards.
      Quirky items from a MAD family.

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      • #4
        Acrylics for me too...
        Cheers,
        Scorch

        Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
        Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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        • #5
          Hi Hannah,
          Coat the balsa wood with acrylic gesso paint, it's great at sealing any absorbent surface and you can get it from any art craft shop.
          Debs
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          • #6
            Watered-down PVA will also seal pretty much anything...
            Cheers,
            Scorch

            Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
            Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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            • #7
              Thanks everyone - well I got some acrylics today so will have a go tomorrow and see what result I get

              fingers crossed

              Hannah

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              • #8
                Well, i would recommend acrylics as far as paints go..although i think im a bit slow of the mark wih my response.
                Alternativly, strong, brush tipped makers, such as fabric markers work suprisingly well, you can even blend the colours together!

                Hope that helps

                Nader

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