Paints Your Inner Crafter Will Love

Make life a little more colorful with an art project.

Whether you’re looking to DIY a pretty painting for a friend, beautify a blank wall of your own or just flex your creative muscle, it’s always fun to have some colorful acrylics or tempera paints on hand. Consider these three tips before buying craft paint for your projects.

Rainbow of Options

This one comes with two dozen vivid shades and three brushes. Crafts 4 All

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First you’ll want to decide the medium for your masterpiece. If you’re sticking to paper, tempera paint is probably your best bet. But if you plan to paint fabric, wood, canvas, ceramic, metal or rocks, you’ll want to get permanent acrylic paint. Acrylic paint can also be used on paper, but its thicker consistency often dries to a stiffer, chunkier texture.

Easy to Use

The shape gives you better control and minimal cleanup. JR.WHITE

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Different paints have different finishes. Tempera paint dries matte, mixes easily with other colors and has an opaque finish, but washable formulas tend to dry lighter and fade over time. Acrylic paint offers glossy to semi-glossy finishes, also mixes easily, has a nice opacity and will hold color even after years of light exposure. One major difference between the two occurs at cleanup time. Never wash acrylic paint down the drain, as it can clog pipes. It can also harden permanently on brushes, so give those a rinse as soon as you’re finished using them.

Great for Beginners

This package has a half-dozen easy-to-blend hues for creative projects on various surfaces. Colorations

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Sure, you can get a standard paintbrush—many paint kits conveniently include a few—or you can think outside the brush and try something else. Tempera paint has a thinner, more liquid-y consistency than acrylic, so it works well with fingers, sponges or through straws in the blow painting technique.