In my goal of experimenting more with resin this year, I realized that I have never painted on resin. I’ve been told it can be done, and I’m aware that a lot of you readers have done it, but I never have. *shocking* I decided to take my clear Star Wars resin castings from a couple of weeks ago and apply some acrylic paint to them.
I picked up a set of inexpensive acrylic paints and paintbrushes from the craft store and got busy.
While I had every intention of painting these castings to look like their real characters, I realized I wouldn’t be able to use all the colors. Not only that, but I wouldn’t be able to express my artistic vision.
Needless to say, my children’s heads exploded when they saw the new colors. I told them that they are characters from the new movie. (Yes, I realize I will pay for that later….)
After the first layer of paint, you could still see lots of streaks and clear behind it. I let them dry for a couple of hours before applying the second coat.
The second layer definitely looks better and was probably enough for darker colors like red and black.
The third coat of paint was a help, especially for the white.
So here is what I learned about painting on resin:
- Yes, it can be done. The acrylic paint stuck to the resin without any problems.
- You can scratch the paint off if you want to. Useful if you make a mistake, but not helpful if these are going to be ‘high contact’ pieces. I would only suggest doing this if you were going to use them as wall decorations or something similar, not jewelry.
- My painting technique is heinous. I left lots of streaks on the pieces. Learning how to properly use paint and a paintbrush is essential to make this look good.
I do have to wonder… With as much white paint as I had to use on the stormtrooper, I wonder if you could use primer on these first?
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